Also in preparation for spending a week in this world-famous city, I watched a couple films. The first was the award-winning Brazilian film City of God (Cidade de Deus) about the violent inner-workings of a large favela during the 1960's and 70's. The second is the animated Rio, about a domesticated blue macaw from Minnesota (hey!) who ends up in the titular city and learns how to fly, literally and figuratively.
Based on these two movies - which were both great for different reasons - here is what I know and expect from my trip:
- All birds speak English. (Rio)
- Guns are as common as grains of sand and just as easy to acquire. (City of God)
- Your camera will not get jacked if you are friends with a slum lord. (City of God)
- Small break-dancing monkeys will steal from tourists at the Sugar Loaf. (Rio)
- Small children from the favela ("runts") will steal your pot at the beach. (City of God)
- I guess Minnesotans say "Cheese and sprinkles!" when we're exasperated. So I should practice that. (Rio)
- Small birds with bottle caps for hats are totally legit. (Rio)
- Cocaine-addicted gingers are not to be trusted. (City of God) Probably all gingers as a general rule...
- Being a chicken is a dangerous station to have in life. (Both)
- Favelas are bad places filled with shady gangs who kill indiscriminately...and may deal in the illegal bird trade. (Both)
- The beach is an awesome place. (Both)
- Everyone loves samba - birds and ghetto thugs alike. (Both)