Destination Rio de Janeiro, the third travel to the former capital of Brazil, in January 2007.
Black music, all night long, followed by a violin serenade at Lapa.
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Day 4, 23.30
It was almost midnight. When the Iemanjá rituals were finished, we wandered around the square (near the Lapa Arcs) in our search for cheap beer. And again, Juliana proved her searching skills. She managed to localize a vendor who offered three cans of beer for only five reais. This vendor might have had the night of his life, because all students were searching for the lowest prices. Also in Brazil, students are not very rich. Their expenses are paid by their parents and family. They usually don’t work when they study; they prefer to spend their time studying and partying. Remember the fact that only the excellent students have the best future perspectives. You cannot continue here with average results. You have to work hard for the best results. These students are the best of their state, they need to keep up their good reputation.
We entered the cultural center after midnight only. The night program was about to start at eleven, but everything was significantly delayed. That night, the program had attracted many students, because of the theme ‘black music’. The music was good for dancing, the rhythm was vibrating. We had found the others of our dormitory, and together we enjoyed the musical desserts. Because everything was delayed, all acts were delayed too. There were acts by Jongo da Serrinha, Naná Vasconcelos, and Ponto do Equilibrio. Not very familiar sounding names for Europeans and also for Brazilians. Many students were very curious for these less popular acts. We enjoyed very much the vibrating rhythms.
The acts lasted until three in the morning. It was now time to leave the cultural center. We were then positively surprised by a new act: violin music. One of the students had brought his violin and had started to play. He was absolutely no amateur, the sound was vibrant and smooth. Most students openly approved his act. He played popular traditional music from the Northeast. The girls were eager to dance, and the violinist was spontaneously accompanied by to guitarists. Employees of the cultural center were there too, and allowed us to stay a little while more.
However, we all had to leave the building thirty minutes later. The square in front of the building was still full of students. Julian didn’t want to return to the dormitory yet, and we just had missed our last bus that would have brought us to the dormitory. She proposed to spend the night at Lapa. We agreed. She met some friends, who joined us. I had to admit, that I had big trouble to keep my eyes open. And I was not the only one, I noticed. But we managed to continue the night at Lapa. It was already six in the morning, at broad daylight, when we were able to take the first bus to Urca, to our dormitory. At seven o’ clock, I was finally able to close my eyes. I could hear the early birds singing, and even a rooster was calling. A new day had begun already.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom © 2007, 2015