“You like bowling, don’t you, Montag?” “Bowling, yes.” “And golf?” “Golf is a fine game.” “Basketball?” “A fine game.” “Billiards, pool? Football?” “Fine games, all of them.” “More sports for everyone, group spirit, fun, and you don’t have to think, eh? Organize and organize and super organize super-super sports. More cartoons in books. More … More World Cup 2018; Let;s talk about sports! Numbers are mind-numbing and safe!
Is it possible to experience racism in a political manifestation for a murdered black woman? A manifestation organized against violence of all kinds, an end to the military intervention in Rio and equal rights for women, black and LGTBQI? It seem to be possible… Are everyone equally allowed to participate in such manifestation or is a … More Political manifestation in Brazil – an event exclusively for the white and privileged?
“They killed Marielle!” “Who?” “Marielle Franco, politician! Councilwoman in Rio!” “Who is that?” “She’s a politician, black and feminist, worked for women and black rights. Lesbian. Four bullets in her head.” “Oh My God..!” “Human rights defender! Criticized the military intervention! And how the military police behave in the favelas!” “I heard she defended the … More They killed Marielle! Should we care? Or – is there any hope left for Brazil?
I have been working in favelas in Rio de Janeiro on and off since 2009, but living in one, that is a relatively new experience to me. I wish I could say that is just like any other neighborhood! Thus, that is not quite true no.. Living in a favela is an experience in it’s … More 12 things you learn by living in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
“Silêncio na favela!!” “Silence in the favela!!” That was what the supporters of the downtown team Fluminense were shouting at the supporters from Flamengo, the technically better team, known to have many supporters from the less wealthy north zones of Rio. Fluminense was unexpectedly scoring three goals at Flamengo in a derby at the Maracanã stadium back … More Fia on New Adventures – the best view in town – but living under the rule of a drug cartel – pros and cons of favela-living in Rio de Janeiro!
This blog I wrote initially at the start of January when I spent a couple of wonderful days at Ilha Grande, a tiny tropical island and nature reserve outside the coastline of Angra dos Reis, Brazil. I ended up doing an epic trek bare feet, from one side of the island across to the renowned … More Two months later but still holds true – Walking barefoot through life
As many of you know by now, I had two main reasons to start this blog. Mainly, I felt it was time for me to start sharing some of my daily writing, which has been pouring through my hand onto papers unstoppable since I learned to write. I tend to always keep my writing to … More Falling off the wagon and getting up again – or relapsing into addiction without thinking that ALL is lost!
“It’s raining in Rio Over the white cobblestones in the street Over Ipanema, Copacabana, bring me home..!” That’s the lyrics of the Swedish Singer Lisa Nilsson who came to spend 4 months in Rio de Janeiro, to record an album, but who found herself falling in love with the city (and a Brazilian musician so … More Building sandcastles in Rio de Janeiro, and seeing them washed away in the waves, together with your dreams…
A few weeks back while in Sweden, I saw an interview with Per Gessle, one half of the mega success, world renown band Roxette (and in Sweden, perhaps better known as the man behind the song “Sommartider hej-hej!” (“Summertimes hey-hey”)! What would our upbringing and childhood discos and parities been without that song?!). He was … More You gotta do your 10.000 hours..!