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Reflections from Rio

This post was written on August 31st from Santa Marta, Botofogo, Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy!

When I first came to Rio back in 2015, the common sentiments I either read or heard were...

" careful, its violent there" or "you're going to get Zika!" or "OMG...stay away from the favelas.."

Of course, at the other end was the disgusting sexualization and fetishization of Brazilian