He came, he saw, he left. We had a wonderful time with my dad here, though he arrived to a particularly rainy week here in Rio. We went to a lot of concerts, ate lots of fish, and took a lovely trip down to Ilha Grande, a (big) island a couple of hours away. Despite barely being able to figure out how to use his semi-new iPhone, my dad took some really nice pictures with it.
I had never been to Ilha Grande before, which somehow manages to be an extremely chill, affordable, bugless island paradise. It's a hard life that mainly involves deciding what beach you feel like going to for the afternoon, and what flavor of ice cream you want (try the corn? stick with the mint chocolate chip?) come mid-afternoon.
Bye Dad! It was great to have you. Next time we'll go see the pink dolphins in the Amazons (for real, I am not making this up).
If you're interested in a music-oriented trip to Rio de Janeiro, here are some of the places we took my dad:
Bar do Marcô
Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 412
Largo dos Guimarães, Santa Teresa
+55 21 2531 8787
(Choro Saturday afternoons)
Rua Joaquim Silva, 138
+55 21 9781 2451
(Choro, samba and bossa nova)
Clube de Renascença- Samba do Trabalhador
Barão de São Francisco, 54
+55 21 3253 2322
(Samba Mondays from 4-9 pm)
Feira de São Cristóvão
Campo de São Cristóvão, 87
+55 21 2589 7970
(Forro and other music from northeastern Brazil)
Rua Mem de Sá, 49
+55 21 2507 5967
(Forro Thursday nights after midnight)