Grrr. I just read another empty short travel story about Brazil.
I love Rio as much as the next person but perhaps for different reasons. I’ve lost track of how many “Gringo in Rio” short travel stories I’ve read over the years and how they all write about eating the same food (churrasco), drinking the same drinks (caipirinha), going to the same locations (Ipanema, Cristo) and at times, sadly buying the same types of ‘entertainment’. The moral of their little stories always ends up being ‘ditch the rat race in the States, live the good life in Brazil’ yet I’m sure this pretty much never happens in the end. They sprinkle their writing with the (better than) good but never the bad and the ugly…but for good reason, because what would be left for the sensational foreign journalists to write about if not the bad and the ugly? (Save the Frontline piece in the post below)
Now forget the good, bad and the ugly and I’ll tell you what I would prefer. How about the Brazilianized story? The reality that the average gringo would eventually face if left on their own for more than 6 months in Brazil. Better yet, where is the Rio Gringo that cares about the Brazilian story? Ahhh, now it starts to make sense, its the majority of those just passing through that don’t care about anything but having a good time, a slice of home while far away.
If only I could make the laws, I would ban any kind of tourism that wasn’t of the eco(cologial) or cultural type…instead of pouring money into a cycle of allowing for and serving those who couldn’t care less about the country they are going to.