I’m all packed and ready to go, but it still doesn’t feel real. Maybe thats a good thing. Anyway here is some info on Brazil for you all to follow along back home.

The New York Times travel section did a feature on Rio this past weekend which gives a good introduction to what the city is like now in the midst of all the change going on there. It captures not only the phenomenal beauty and diversity of the cidade maravilhosa, but also the ways in which Rio is still struggling to change the reality of the cidade partida, or divided city.

Here is the hostel I will be staying at in Ipanema for the first week in Rio, before moving in with my host family.

Anyway I’m off to the airport so wish me luck.