Riowakening

Brazil through an Australian's eyes

March 11, 2018


I had my insider's guide to Rio Carnival published on news.com.au

There is nothing better than writing about things you love, and this fell 100% into that category. The words just rolled off the tongue as I drew back my experiences from my first Carnival which will forever stay crystalised in my...

February 17, 2018

Technobloco? More like Cryptobloco.

The legend of Technobloco spread so far and wide over the past year that it grew with as much hyped up ferocity as Bitcoin. After the hundreds of us there had one of the best nights of our lives 12 months ago, word of the magic of this underground bloco had level...

December 30, 2017


I’M living in a city where the gangs are so out of control the army has been called in to keep the peace.

Like many predicted before last year’s Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro’s hopes for a new beginning were snuffed out along with the cauldron. The economy is in recession, automatic gun fire echoe...

May 1, 2017


If you’re thinking of coming on a holiday to Brazil and Rio it's a great life choice to make, believe me.

There can be a lot to get your head around as a tourist though so here are some travel tips and advice for anyone that wants to jump on a plane for a Brazilian holiday. Follow these and you'll...

March 18, 2017


Ambushing the Sambódromo with hundreds of other Brazilian Carnaval party animals was one of the best moments of my life.

The epicentre of Brazil’s biggest celebration just days earlier now lay empty of the floats, colours, beats and beauties which had danced through it before thousands of the happ...

October 25, 2016

Sao Paulo has to be one of the most underrated and unloved great cities of the world.

While just about everyone knows the famous sun-drenched vistas of Rio, most foreigners know nothing about Sampa.

Even some Brazilians who aren’t from there, and some who are, don’t like it - it doesn’t have the b...

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...

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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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