Her Name is Rio

Indy intern Rebecca Bachman ended 2009 by jetting more than 6,000 miles to Rio de Janeiro. She moved from UCSB, North America's beach university, to Pontifícia Universidade Católica, South America's beach university. But, save for the waterfront, the city couldn't be more dissimilar from our relatively quiet beachside community with its Carnival, beaches thronged with thong-clad Cariocas, fanatical futebol, and favelas. Follow her as she lives and studies in Rio well into Brazil’s July winter.

I’m Dreaming of a White Winter

Our Woman in Rio is coming home, after spending New Year's with the diety Iemanjá. Read story.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas in Brazil

'Twas the night for BBQ and fireworks. Read story.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Great Gringo Experience

Our woman in Rio does the town with her parents and sister. In their wake, her goal is to fit back in. Read story.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

All Quiet on the Southern Front

Suspense of Thanksgiving weekend eases as Rio’s military police pacify the biggest complex of favelas in the city. Read story.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Thanksgiving of Violence and Suspense

The war heats up between military police and criminal factions over Rio’s favelas. Read story.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Twisted Brazilian Version of Halloween

Halloween came to Brazil just as it would. Late. Confused. On the beach. Costumed. With caiparinhas. To the tune of funk. In the form of a parade. Read story.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gay Pride in Rocinha!

Our woman in Rio reports on the first gay pride parade to be held in a Brazilian favela. Read story.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Not in Rio Anymore

There’s a sharp breeze, everybody’s in coats and boots, and people are keeping to themselves. Read story.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Life Under the Bandidos

To describe Rocinha without trying to describe the drug trafficking system that holds it together would be absurd. Read story.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Notorious Rio Neighborhood on Media Roller Coaster

Our Brazil blogger reports on days of media access and insight, followed by a return to business as usual. Read story.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Speaking Portañol, Latin America’s Universal Language

Our woman in Rio travels to Peru, finds it relatively wholesome, and finds herself sharing the return flight with the victorious Brazilian national women’s volleyball team. Read story.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Copa do Mundo

Our woman in Brazil documents the national ascent into rapture, and subsequent plunge into despair, during the World Cup. Read story.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Funk, Part 2

Our woman in Rio concludes her series on Carioca funk’s prominent position in favela culture. Read story.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Funk Carioca, Part 1

Our woman in Rio brings us up to date on a Brazilian funk genre that achieves new heights of vulgarity. Read story.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kids of Rocinha

The close proximity of thousands of humans, the presence of crime, and the social trends of the favela create quite the unique environment for kids. Read story.

Saturday, June 12, 2010
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