July 28, 2009

There’s been a request for me to talk about the shopping scene in Rio. I have to say that it’s pretty great, although I haven’t bought anything yet. There are big, modern malls, and I think they’re enough of a novelty that there are trendy restaurants in their ‘food courts’ and they’re all very glossy and pretty. Escalators are strangely narrower here and the up is always on the left, the down on the right (which is neither her nor there, just sort of interesting). Most of the stores are Brazilian–Salinas, Osklen, Farm, Bum Bum–and the styles are laid back and beachy. It’s wintertime here, so there are boots and coats and things like that, but it’s still a little too hot.

I’m pretty excited for summer. I have been toying with the idea of buying one of those tiny bikinis, but I’m not sure any amount of running on the beach can get my bum ready for one of those. Looking at these Brazilian girls, it’s all about commitment and confidence. We’ll see if I get there.


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