A vida carioca

Carioca is the word for someone who lives in Rio. Not just locals; Anyone who embraces the laid back lifestyle of the city is considered a carioca. Last night, a few of us went out to try that on. Six of us from my program went to Copacabana beach to check out the nightlife and the atmosphere.

So. Much. Fun.

We went to a little dance floor/bar right on the beach were everyone was dancing to samba beats. After watching a little while, we decided to try it out for ourselves. Knowing with certainty how embarrassing it would be, I ventured out to the dance floor and asked a local to teach me how to dance samba. After some pleading, first in Portuguese, then in English, a few of the girls agreed. It felt like everyone was watching. My friends came out and started dancing, too. After the initial self-consciousness, we all started to get the hang of it. By the end of the night, I’m sure we still looked like idiots, but we were idiots having fun.

Cariocas are also extremely friendly. After sambaing, the girls that were teaching us invited us to a festa – party – next weekend at one of their friend’s houses. Then they took us to another bar where we just barely got in because the guy in line in front of us persuaded the bouncer to let us in. We may have been the only Americans in the bar, but we felt at home. Pretty sure they still knew we were Americans, though. We may have gotten carried away singing the chorus to Timber when Ke$ha came on.

I love this city. Sou um carioca.

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