Riowakening

Brazil through an Australian's eyes

January 31, 2018


There's a great woman who works on Ipanema Beach that is impossible to forget. 

Vanessa Cabral dos Santos, or Vanessa Esplendorosa as she's known on the sand, sells acai, the Amazonian berry superfood turned purple smoothie health snack which can be mixed with things like banana, granola and...

June 16, 2017


Company, Career, City, Country, Culture. Changing just one of these C words in your life can lead to untold discovery. 

Them all? Well that’s what I’d call a life well lived.

You step up to the edge, toes peeled over the side, peering into the unknown, mind full of fantasies and possibilitie...

January 9, 2017

Coming all the way to South America and not visiting Brazil is like having sex without achieving orgasm - it’s great but you missed the best part.

I’ve seen a few people I know making such trips recently and it really leaves me scratching my head, but I’m sure a big part of it is simply to do with...

November 24, 2016

You'll see Aussie surf brands worn all over Brazil, from the beaches to the gangsters in the favelas just like Quiksilver above. 

In Australia you’ll find Brazil’s Havaianas on feet from the coast to the bush, on movie stars to the homeless. Despite this, Australians and Brazilians wouldn...

October 16, 2016

A newspaper front page with a little girl covered in her dead mother’s blood declared “Terrorism in Rio is everyday”.

In the grisly story from July, Cristiane Andrade, 46, was stabbed in the neck in her car's front seat sitting next to her daughter in a supermarket carpark. The girl ran to a nearby...

September 20, 2016

Brazil has turned its big time crime problem into prime time television.

Taking the lead expertly from the USA, cameras chase Brazil’s machine-gun carrying police as they swerve and run through dingy streets capturing criminals.

Hours-long news programs dedicated to reporting on crime across the c...

September 18, 2016

Social media was certainly made for Brazilians, and by some as well.

There is no shame in a selfie in this country and privacy settings are often left to a minimum.

 

All is on display here which is a lot like Brazilian culture, and being social media, well, you can imagine here it's pretty damn soc...

September 12, 2016

You can practically feel the sun and samba beats bursting out of Brazilians mouths.

Yet when the coolest and sexiest accents in the world are spoken about you hear of the Irish, French, Italians or us Aussies. 

Even one of the many Spanish-speaking countries will usually be tossed up.

But Br...

September 9, 2016

The question wasn't why would I come to Rio it was why wouldn't I?

Here I was, a stereotypical monolingual English-speaking dude. I had no understanding of the struggles and memory-searing moments which come from ditching the comforts of home to enter the unknown.

So late last year I found myself...

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I'm Ian Walker, an Australian freelance journalist and travel writer who ditched his job as a full-time newspaper reporter to move to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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