Riowakening

Brazil through an Australian's eyes

June 22, 2017


After over a year and much blood, sweat and tears, or more realistically, sun, sand and samba, enough Brazilian Portuguese has seeped into my veins that I can actually help out newly arriving gringos with some words and phrases.

Brazilian Portuguese is the same language as Portuguese and when wr...

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...

November 7, 2016

You lose part of yourself when you try talk in another language.

That quick wit, an off the cuff observation, a complex thought, jokes, all suppressed as you try and think just how the hell to say them. It's been eye opening, stumbling my way through interactions and being on the outside of convers...

September 15, 2016

Walking through a Rio de Janeiro favela I was told by my resident guide that the order from the most senior gangsters is to not lay a hand on visitors. 

She said I could navigate the Cantagalo favela’s steep maze of pathways, streets and stairs safely with a Brazilian or even alone, something...

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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