Inside a Favela

Power lines tangled into impossible webs. Thin staircases between five-story buildings stacked like pastel boxes in an attic. The smell of concrete dust and curing meat. 1 in 5 Rio de Janeiro inhabitants call a favela home. Yet, the only time I’d ever heard of these urban hillside shantytowns was in a story from a […]

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Conquering The Seven Wonders

My visit to Rio de Janeiro in July 2017 heralded my proudest bucket list achievement ever: seeing all the New 7 Wonders of the World. I still can’t quite believe I managed to do it. I thought about ranking them from best to worst, but that seemed somewhat crass considering they’re all awe-inspiring marvels. So […]

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