|I know this image has been used on other blog posts - but it is just too cool not to use again!|
I try not to miss an opportunity to crow about my friend Zezinho. He's a terrific, enthusiastic, heartfelt champion for his favela community, Rocinha. He is a proud guide, taking foreigners on walks through his neighborhood, showing the normalness and beauty of his community.
We, just yesterday, went for a good long walk through the community. Zezinho is determined to give good stats and hard evidence of the hard-working and hopeful nature of community residents. He presents a view of favela communities so contrary to the stereotypes.
My favorite part of the day (aside from visiting Zezinho's apartment) was lunch at a fantastic comida por kilo restaurant. They had great salmon steaks. OK, there were spots with amazing views... but give me a good lunch (on the cheap) any day.
For a culturally appropriate and non-exploitative visit to a favela community -- contact Zezinho. Go here.