Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – November 2005

View from Corcovado over Rio de Janeiro and Sugar Loaf

View from Corcovado over Rio de Janeiro and Sugar Loaf

Another business trip to Rio de Janeiro that Jenni took full advantage of by “hiring” a rather nice Brazilian man to drive around the major sites and keep her entertained! 😉   More hang-gliding from the rain-forest… more beaches…

Having visited not only Rio, but the same hotel, less than 2 years earlier, Jenni had been fascinated by the constant machine gun fire from the favela (slum) behind the hotel disturbing her peace by the pool 🙂  This trip, she decided to investigate further and took a guided tour into South America’s largest favela – Rocinha – which basically stretches over a couple of mountain tops and tumbles down towards the Sheraton and Leblon; it was neither depressing nor oppressive, but obviously life there is extremely tough for many people… it’s chaotic and lively and there is a Health and Safety nightmare on every corner 😉  A few days before, a major drugs lord had been killed in a shootout with the police and it was interesting that there were black flags draped across many of the streets in memory of this man who had spent a lot of his illicit earnings (apparently) maintaining (to some extent) peace in the community… I guess it depends on which side of the fence you are on as to who is the good guy and who is the bad guy!

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