Gringolado POV: Samuel Tesfay
Sammy was staying in the favela Tavares Bastos. Here is his POV of the favela:
Well my experience in the favela has been overall great! But I have to admit that I had my preconceptions about it from all the movies and the reputation that Rio has of being one of the most dangerous places in the world. So I was watching my back constantly the first couple of days. But after a while you realize that the favela is just like any other place in the world. Just people doing their thing, but doing it much better! I really like the fact that you see people of different colors living together like that, music playing constantly, the doors to the houses are always open during the day, it’s a good vibe! The people are very laid back and always seem to be having fun. And I believe that if you really want to get to know the real Rio, then you should definitely stay in a favela because of the constant vibe that is going on there. And most of all you feel welcomed there, it’s like if you live there you are a part of the family from day one! But you should of course do some quick research on what favela you should stay in. Every favela is different and has its one way of living. And some of them maybe aren’t as safe and easy going as the next one. So be sure to ask around and do some resource before you decide to live in one.