Brazil 2014 World Cup: a travel diary

I spent a month in Brazil last July, during the 2014 World Cup.
Sao Paolo, Brazilia, Salvador, Sao Luis and then Rio de Janeiro.
31 days, 31 photos as a personal and subjective travel diary.

Soccer is the most universal sport on earth.
In Brazil, soccer is almost a religion.
There won’t be any other World Cup in Brazil during my lifetime.
For those three reasons, I felt the need to go, witness and document it.

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Juggling.

Copacabana, Rio. Juggling.



Dude playing football with a tattoo of the Brazil National football team on the  pectoral muscle. Copacabana, Rio.

Dude with a tattoo of the Brazil National football team on the pectoral muscle.



The Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, seen from afar.

The Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) in Rio de Janeiro.



A brazilian woman lost in her toughts, staring at the sea from a public bus in Rio.

On a public bus in Rio.



Crowd playing football at sunset on Ipanema beach in Rio.

Playing football at sunset on Ipanema beach in Rio.



A football pitch with goalposts made out of wood sticks. In Lencois Maranhenses national park.

A football pitch with goalposts made out of wood sticks. In Lencois Maranhenses national park.



At a bus station in Sao Luis.

At a bus station in Sao Luis.



A 'flying-market' settled in a bus.

A ‘flying-market’ settled in a bus, parked on a square in a favela in Rio.



A foreign-tourist couple squabbling in front of an improvised 'Wailing Wall'...

A foreign-tourist couple squabbling in front of an improvised ‘Wailing Wall’…



A ceiling television broadcasting a game of the  World Cup in a hair-dresser shop.

A ceiling television broadcasting a game of the World Cup in a hair-dresser shop.



A Brazilian tourist 'Day-Dreaming'...

A Brazilian tourist ‘Day-Dreaming’…



National stadium Mane Garrincha, Brasilia, for France-Nigeria.

National stadium Mane Garrincha, Brasilia, for France-Nigeria.



Playing football bare feet with flip-flops as goalposts, beside Salvador stadium.

Playing football bare feet with flip-flops as goalposts, beside Salvador stadium.



Brazilian supporters slowly deserting an outdoor bar broadcasting the semi final Brazil vs Germany. The score was 0-6 (for Germany) when this photo was taken.

Brazilian supporters slowly deserting an outdoor bar broadcasting the semi final Brazil vs Germany. The score was 0-6 (for Germany) when this photo was taken.



French national team supporter dressed up in Napoleon and teasing Brazilian supporters with the memory of 1998 World Cup final...

French national team supporter dressed up in Napoleon and teasing Brazilian supporters with the memory of 1998 World Cup final…



'Motorized' promotional campaign for Fabio Gondim, federal deputy candidate.  Sao Luis, Maranhao state.

‘Motorized’ promotional campaign for Fabio Gondim, federal deputy candidate. Sao Luis, Maranhao state.



Foreign and brazilian tourists on their way to Sao Paolo airport looking at a favela throught the bus window.

Foreign and brazilian tourists on their way to Sao Paolo airport looking at a favela throught the bus window.



Ilha Grande.

Ixla Grande. Playing football…



Two young guys going down from a favela, looking through an awning of an elevated pedestrian structure.

Two young guys going down from a favela, looking through an awning of an elevated pedestrian structure.



A residential compound called 'Solaire' in Salvador de Bahia.

A residential compound called ‘Solaire’ in Salvador de Bahia.



Two bears.  Leme beach, Rio.  'United Buddy Bears' project, originally developed in Berlin Germany.

Two bears. Leme beach, Rio. ‘United Buddy Bears’ project, originally developed in Berlin Germany.



Iguatemi shopping mall, Sao Paulo.

Iguatemi shopping mall, Sao Paulo.



Hotel 'Riviera', Brasilia.

Hotel ‘Riviera’, Brasilia.



National Congress of Brazil, Brasilia.

National Congress of Brazil, Brasilia.



Kids jumping in water, Maranhao state.

Kids jumping in water, Maranhao state.



Salvador, Bahia.

Salvador, Bahia.



Lencois Maranhenses sand formations.

Lencois Maranhenses sand formations.



At Lencois Maranhenses.

At Lencois Maranhenses.



Master and friends playing in the water.

Master and friends.



Ipanema beach, Rio.

Ipanema beach, Rio.



Early morning close to the Rio Rodovaria.

Early morning close to the Rio Rodovaria.

7 Comments

  1. Mari

    Color,Light,air,humidity…I love them!

  2. pechou*llnd

    Ey, merci pour ce voyage, j’aime bcp le ole torero dans l’arene du foot.. Le ballon des jeunes en pleine face… Les 2 giga dames bears…et l’arbre blanc mort sur la plage:)))))
    Byzzzx a bientot

  3. Emmy

    Nice impression!!! Fun to watch it!
    It seems already a long time ago…
    I saw the matches in Indian Himalaya when I had to see the matches at 2 am in the morning…cold, dark, nice atmosphere, but a strane to see it there with the local Ladakhi guys!

  4. Belles photos mon Rico… On s est croisé au Bresil! Nous on a fait une semaine a Rio dont 1/4 de finale au Maracana puis Amazonie puis la cote au sud de Fortaleza.
    Mais dis moi le bresilien avec les cheveux longs dans les Lencois (devant les hamacs), c est un guide qui t a emmene marche dans les dunes? J ai l impression que c est le guide qui m avait emmene marche avec Mel dans les dunes en 2005. C est trop beau les Lencois
    La bise l haricot

  5. Mag

    mes preferées :
    – National stadium Mane Garrincha, Brasilia, for France-Nigeria pour la courbe tres bel effet
    – Salvador, Bahia :la lumière, la transparence..
    – Early morning close to the Rio Rodovaria. : le contraste ..
    et merci pour “Playing football at sunset on Ipanema beach in Rio.” ipanema que j’ai vu il y a 2 ans sous la pluie et presque déserte (si si c’est possible :))

    thanks

  6. Długie naszyjniki kuszą nie tylko kreatywnym wzornictwem, ale również perfekcją
    wykonania i dbałością każdy szczegół.

  7. Belz,ne3o resisti…White,muita crjeeva… a acompanhar, certo??Topo,tu acreditaste em mim quando falei das escravas??? hihihihihi… crente…Geo,essa da alma caridosa… ne3o acredites em tudo que leas…Teresa,hummm fiz-te rir de manhe3… e enchi o marido de orgulho, gostou de ser ver no post, ehehe, 2 em 1!Mulheka,eu tenho mais raze3o do que tu!The one,saber comea-las tb requer algum saber (e espae7o no estomago).Peace,ne3o este1s trocada? eu cozinhar para ti?? preciso de escravos, ne3o de ser uma… queres tu cozinhar ce1 pe1 malta da caverna?Alien,je1 te disse que e9 Sua Alteza Real!!corrente?? olha k medo, mas je1 que o pedes, este1s desafiada!!Minerva,nem sabes como detesto estas “coisas-corrente”, enfim, mas ne3o quis deixar o Topo sem troco…Catarino,cuidado, no Inferno passear sem cicerone pode ser perigoso, podes ne3o sair vivo…

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