Lapa Street Party

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Tuesday, February 15, 2011


One of the thigs we had been told about in Rio was the street party in Lapa. This was a place in Lapa (20 mins from Copacabana) where there were loads of bars and clubs, but everyone partied on the street. There was also some famous steps here designed by an artist and featured in the Snoop Dogg ´Beautiful´ video.

A group of girls we had met had gone to Lapa the week before and said it was really scary as they were all 19 and blonde and 4 girls on there own... the way a brasilian man gets a girl is a lot different to how it works in the UK. If they fancied a girl they grabbed the girl on the bum, or arm and would go in for a kiss.. the drinks and talking follows that... If the girls does not like them they just push them away.... so you can imagine what happened to four 19 year olds all dressed up for a night out... the other thing was that all the people who lived in the run down favelas went to these parties and would pick pocket or cause trouble for gringos who went to the wrong area...

I had my doubts about this place before we even left, but there was a group of about 12 lads and 5 girls so we said if we all stick together we would be fine... plus Ash was insistant of going as she always said she wanted to experience the non tourist things a country had to offer!! She had developed the nickname ´Streetwise´ from me and Tom as she was the least streetwise but would always want to do things the seemed a bit dodgy....

As soon as we got there were thousands of people partying in the streets, the music was so loud and there was a great atmosphere everywhere. At the edge of the street there was a run of small stands for about 40m that sold different drinks and food... the middle was crammed with people dancing and singing, at the other edge of the street there were lots of nightclubs all filled with poeple partying.... we all got drinks and went to dance in the middle of the street...

Ash had made me bring the camera with us even though the hostel had said no wallets or anything valuble so if I am being honest this night was not one of my favourites. I had decided not to get drunkas I had to keep an eye on Ash and our stuff so I had both hands in my pockets and danced around like a penguin!! If i had been drunk maybe it would have been more fun but I could not really relax... if you looked into the crowds you could see the locals walking past looking for an oppertunity to steal something... one of the girls had a big fat local trying it on with her, a girl had her necklace ripped from her neck, and another guy had his wallet stolen... We walked around the place for a few hours, squeezing through the crowds and then got a taxi back.....

I am glad to say I went to experience this but also glad to say we all came out the other side with all our belongings and no problems but I would not rush to go back....

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