In 1992, Priscilla Ann Goslin published the book How to be a Carioca. We found a discount copy (the cover was printed upside down) when we lived in Brazil during 1994. Oddly, her biography states she was born near Sand Lake, Minnesota. I’m not sure what that means. Maybe it is a personal joke in her family, or maybe it is a means of keeping anonymity as there are a lot of Sand Lakes. To me, born near Lake Winnibigoshish sounds better.
What one learns from this book is that the Carioca (resident of Rio de Janeiro Brazil) is the original “happy-go-lucky” spirit, where “no” is not an option, “on time” is a concept of Einstein physics, and the letter “s” is pronounced with inflexion.
So the first step to being a Carioca is to go to Rio de Janeiro. We were there for ten days hitting lots of iconic tourist venues around the Copacabana Beach, Sugar Loaf (Pão de Açucar) and the Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer). We also met up with our friend Jose Antonio who we had not seen for 25 years. He took us around to some really interesting spots like the National Library, coffee at the Colombo, unique restaurants. It is his knowledge of so many fascinating stories that made our trip unique and let his Carioca character shine.
Here are a few photos we snapped along the way.
We spent one morning looking at street art in the renovated port area. Some are just amazing.
In one typical Carioca outing, JA spontaneously encouraged three others we met in a parking lot to continue up to Pedra Bonita. This twenty minute hike turned out to be a pretty arduous hour climb for me. We walked down in the night and were trying to figure out how to get back to civilization when a car pulled up and asked us where we wanted to go. We were six, so five in the back, and one in front (wife crammed on my lap). The driver knew all the best spots to see Rio at night. It all worked out, even listening to traditional samba, and nothing was planned. In his way, JA knew it would all work out. Amazing. And the hike? I would do it twice more. New friends, old friends, hang gliders, hidden views, thanks to everyone who made this possible.
Step 2. Go find a Carioca and go with the flow.