Monday, 14 June 2010

In Recreio.

Today was Sunday, and the first Sunday since the start of the World Cup. In Brazil this is no simple matter. The avenues in front of Copacabana and Ipanema were closed to the traffic and generously handed over to pedestrians, runners, bikes, skateboarders, kids and street-vendors. This of course happens every Sunday (and public holiday) and since the Seleção has not played a game yet and hence the temperature has not reached fever pitch yet, I thought it was a great day to leave the city.

And it started in excellent fashion with a cloudless sky. It kept up with an invitation from a good friend to visit and it peaked when I did get to Recreio. An hour's ride west of Zona Sul, scarcely built, with a series of amazing beaches watering the toes of the mountains, a mysterious island just off the sand and smiling people snacking among coco trees; it was perfect! I've been hearing about this place for 3-4 months now and it's a shame that I managed to miss one of the two most smiling people in town. It lived up to its reputation though, it more than did. And Cinthia, the other half of the above mentioned duo with her hearty laugh, warm heart and crafty cooking is to be thanked for it.