Welcome to the travel blog of Luke Kelly. I flew to Brazil in January 2011 with a one way ticket. Follow me as I journey around South America, getting by on the proverbial shoe string. I love football, design, music & food amongst other things and I'll be working as I travel - so those will probably be regular themes here. But a bit like my trip, I haven't really got a plan for this blog, so lets see what happens...
Posts tagged "Rio de Janeiro"
Rio's buzzing Lapa district - the steps and the Samba!

Rio’s buzzing Lapa district – the steps and the Samba!

One of the huge draws of South America for me was the raw energy that it seems to be fuelled by – the music, the dances, the football crowds. There’s a passion and intensity here that is hugely exciting. Rio de Janeiro is a real epicentre for the energy I was looking for and at...
CabanaCopa Hostel - Rio de Janeiro

CabanaCopa Hostel – Rio de Janeiro

My first stop on this big adventure, Hostel CabanaCopa in Rio provided a fantasticly social beginning to the trip. Arriving alone prior to my good friend Steve joining me later that night, I was immediately welcomed into a big multi-national group of backpackers drinking at the bar. By the time Steve turned up at 11pm...
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janiero

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janiero

Rio is an incredible city, a massive metropolis set in amongst beautiful beaches and lush mountains - beautiful like no other big city I've ever visited. There are an overwhelming amount of things to do, but right at the top of the list of things you have to do is visit Cristo...
Rio Favela Tour with Marcelo Armstrong

Rio Favela Tour with Marcelo Armstrong

Before arriving in Rio I'd read a fair bit about the favela tours you could do. Thanks to films like City of God and Tropa de Elite, the favelas have a kind of ghetto glamour and it's hard not be be intrigued by them. These one time illegal, make shift settlements that dominate Brazilian cities...
Landing in Rio de Janiero... money problems!

Landing in Rio de Janiero… money problems!

I arrived in Rio on the evening of Saturday January 8th 2011 – my first stop on the journey I’d been thinking about and planning for over a year. I’d arrived. The long journey and lack of sleep didn’t dull my excitement on finally having  made it to South America, but I was instantly confronted...