10 days in a favela in Rio de Janerio – How dangerous is it?

For those who don't know the term "favela": It's defined as a slum-area in Brazil and they're located on a hill. Yes, we basically stayed in a slum for 10 days but we felt surprisingly safe there - at least until a certain incident happened. Favela Chapéu Mangueira: View from our kitchen When we got … Continue reading 10 days in a favela in Rio de Janerio – How dangerous is it?

Favela Santa Marta: Colourful houses, annoyed residents and Michael Jackson

The favela Santa Marta became famous because Michael Jackson's music video to "They don't care about us" was shot there. That's why many guided tours through the favela are offered. Nevertheless, us being as adventurous as always, we wanted to explore it on our own. Santa Marta is famous for its colourful houses, which can … Continue reading Favela Santa Marta: Colourful houses, annoyed residents and Michael Jackson

When destiny got us a private guided tour through Rio for free

This was by far the funniest thing that happened to us in Brazil. One day we had booked a free walking tour through the city centre online. It said that the meeting point was the metro station "Uruguaiana". So we ordered an Uber and the driver looked at us surprised and said that it wasn't … Continue reading When destiny got us a private guided tour through Rio for free

Why Couchsurfing is much more than just a free bed

Couchsurfing - almost everyone has heard about it but many still don't know how it actually works. People offer their sofa for travellers to sleep on at no charge. Exactly, you don't pay for your accommodation. But where's the catch? There's no catch because it's a win-win situation. It makes your stay personal and unique … Continue reading Why Couchsurfing is much more than just a free bed