There are two parts to Carnival: the blocos, or street party parades, and the main attraction: The Samba Parade at the Sambodromo. We were fortunate enough to experience both!

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Lifestyle.

Living in Rio.

This type of travel is so different from anything I’ve ever done before. We’re living here. Not rushing to see everything because we’re on a deadline.

“Only here for a week, hurry hurry!”

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First Stop: Sao Paulo

 

Today the nerves have kicked in full speed. My stomach is in knots and I’m second guessing everything. However, the more research I do, the more I realize this is completely NORMAL. Nerves are good, excitement is good. Of course, it’s terrifying to quit your job and live out of a backpack for a year, but this isn’t a novel concept either. I need to remind myself that thousands of people do this, and I’m embarking on a life changing journey. I’ll be returning to the U.S. a different person, hopefully for the better. And chances are, I won’t even be ready to come home!

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By Deena Betcher:

A new beginning. To me, and at this moment in my life, a new beginning represents the terrifying, yet exciting decision to end one chapter and start anew – quit and travel. It also speaks to relationships. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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