Author Archives: Criocana

About Criocana

Oi os leitores! My name is Diana, and I am not from Rio. Lucky for you, I am an American who got an itch to move to Rio for six months without ever having been, previously. So on June 23, 2011, I boarded a flight with my big, bright pink bags and took off to paradise. The reason for my blog? Let`s just say there are a few things I wish I had known before I got there that I think you may find useful on your first visit. Don´t worry--the majority of this will still apply to you even if your visit is much shorter than mine. Comments are encouraged, even if you think I´m wrong about something. This is a play-by-play of my experience and advice to potential tourist to go with it. I, too, still have a lot to learn! Six months, you'll learn, is not very much time.

Ten Tanning Tourists Sitting in the Sun. Nine Went in the Water Then There Was One


Taking advantage of the beaches in Rio is what every tourist dreams of… Watching the waves come in and then recede int0 the frigid waters kissing Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, or Sao Conrado. The beautiful people walking up and down the … Continue reading

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Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn…..


Preface: I’m hesitant to post this because of my strong Christian background, but the information is useful… so here goes. When differentiating between hotel options in the United States, we often think of a few things: amenities, room size, bed size, and, of course, cleanliness. … Continue reading

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Rock the Streetcar (Bonde)


There’s a saying in Rio that some people use when they’ve eaten far too much. “Cheio como um bonde.” It means, “Full as a streetcar.” This particular saying has some merit. The Bondes are almost always packed. They are streetcars … Continue reading

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Not Your Momma’s Mini Van


What does riding a Van entail in Rio de Janeiro? The choice way of the locals to get around from beach to beach in the Zona Sul area (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon), Sao Conrado beach, Gavea, Vidigal and Rocinha, and from … Continue reading

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Wheelies on the Bus –brace yourself


My first experience on the ônibus was a petrifying one. I entered the bus, which immediately lunged forward and hit full-speed ahead while I was still standing on the stairs with an open door directly behind me. I gathered myself and climbed … Continue reading

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles –Types of Transportation in Rio


 When planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, we must consider expenditures, right? We budget. We save. We check prices of the must-see tourist attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. In fact, we think primarily monetarily while trip-planning, because dollars make sense…and cents, or in this … Continue reading

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Read My Body


Body Language and Gestures: What did I say? What are ‘they’ saying? Growing up, I can remember  my mother telling me not to slouch, not to walk with my head down, and not to stretch my arms above my head … Continue reading

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When You Sleep


When I first arrived in Rio, I experienced the most acute case of culture shock, I thought, in the history of mankind. I didn’t speak any Portuguese or know anything about the geographical layout of the city, about the transit, … Continue reading

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Carioca Poker Face


  Blending in is Hardly an Option I am not your typical 1)gringa. I was blessed with skin that doesn´t burn. If it does, I like to tell myself like many young women do, ´´It will turn into a tan by … Continue reading

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