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    February 22, 2007

    Groggy Thursday, post-Carnaval

    Posted by: Chris

    Sambodromo Fat Tuesday is history and with it an amazing Carnaval celebration here in Rio.  The festivities were cut short for me a day early when a burger I ate at the legendary Sambodromo on Monday night leveled me with food poisoning the next two days.

    I'm not much of a travel blogger, so I'll leave it to my pal Jeff DeKorte to fill in all (or at least some) of the sordid details on his blog "Traveling in Pants."

    Two years ago, when Carnaval was in early February, I met my boyfriend at the weekend's opening party.  This time around, we shared the whole experience together: the street parties, the samba school rehearsals, the overflowing beach in Ipanema, the breathtaking pageantry of the parade of samba schools in the Sambodromo, and not one but four big gay dance events (including one with my favorite DJ, the Israeli phenomenon Offer Nissim).

    The first time, Carnaval was whirlwind, exotic and exhausting. This time around, it was a true celebration, with my partner by my side, surrounded by good friends like Jeff and many of the new friends we have made in São Paulo and here in Rio. Now, hopefully, after another good night's sleep, I will have recovered enough to get back into the real world, including this here blog.

    Até la, Bom Carnaval por tudo!



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    1. Kevin on Feb 23, 2007 4:08:23 PM:

      Sorry to hear about the malady - but that's vendor food here for ya. I bet the grease on the skillet was from 1965 :) And as regards to Jeff's blog, when one knows Madame Purell well enough, one knows there ARE indeed sordid details SOMEPLACE to be heard, but by the time they make it to his G-rated show they've been scrubbed clean :-( I guess we'll have to depend on the spoken word....I'm sure the Buzios road block episode was a DOOZY when you factor in the entertaining meltdown going on in the back seat ;-)

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