The Dirty Business with the Car Wash

The fifth largest country in the world is called a defective democracy. Because what is happening these days, just revealed the level of corruption that had been taken place in the last 20 years in this South American country. Yesterday was the sad climax of the corruption scandal, which has started in March 2014 as…

Inside the Favela Rocinha

If you read the safety instructions of the Foreign Office, one find filling pages warnings about Brazil that one should strongly consider. It’s particularly pointed out that there are frequently armed conflicts and robberies in the north of the country and in the big cities such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Tourists should…

The Myth of the Brazilian Carnival

It is probably an indisputable fact that Brazilians like to celebrate carnival. At least the majority of them. And the rest of the world looks on with amazement, joy and also some indignation. Because the scantily clad ladies are quite hard to take for rather prudish minds. Due to the wild samba rhythms, the even…

One Week in Rio: Travel Report Part II

On the fourth day in Rio heavy rain already welcomed us in the morning. And that shouldn’T really change over the next two days. Due to the weather situation, we spent the day in closed rooms. At home, in a restaurant and various shops, so-called “lojas”. After we had waited for a rain break, we…

One Week in Rio: Travel Report Part I

The last week, Rio de Janeiro and the carnival in the metropolis were the number one topic. And not just in Brazil. The international media were following the happening at the Sugarloaf with great interest. Especially the scantily clad queens of the samba schools, whose hips move faster than quite a few Ferraris, linger in…

Eine Woche in Rio: Reisebericht Teil I

In der letzten Woche waren Rio de Janeiro und der Karneval in der Millionenstadt das Gesprächsthema Nummer eins. Und das nicht nur in Brasilien. Auch die internationalen Medien verfolgten das Geschehen am Zuckerhut mit großer Begeisterung. Insbesondere die leicht bekleideten Königinnen der Sambaschulen, deren Hüftschwung schneller ist als so mancher Ferrari, blieben wohl vielen im…

Brazilian Report: The Zika Virus

In the news, the horror stories about the Zika virus accumulate. After dengue and malaria, there is now a third life-threatening infectious disease in Brazil which is transmitted by mosquitoes. It’s estimated that there are already more than 850,000 cases just in Brazil, the estimated number of unknown cases is much higher. Especially the northern…

Vamos to Brazil

As the bell rang, I had already had a premonition. I slowly opened the window on the first floor of our house and looked out of the window. The postman was at the door and had a registered letter for me.

What If … – The Fear of Coming Home

Travelling to another country is a highlight for many people. Using your annual vacation to escape from everyday life and to relax for at least one week – or even more.