Thursday, February 21, 2013


Enjoying Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
People come from all corners of the world to celebrate Carnaval in Brazil, and I wasn’t about to miss the party in my own back yard!
            Far from the lavish parades in downtown Rio’s Sambadrome stadium, you’ll find traditional Carnaval celebrations stopping traffic and taking over the streets of Copacabana. Revelers follow bands through the neighborhood like rats behind the Pied Piper, and folks of all ages don costumes and stroll along Avenida Atlantica (the beachfront avenue is closed to vehicular traffic for four days during Carnaval).
            My aide Ricardo and I pulled on some Mossy Oak Breakup and Realtree APG, and took CamoTherapy to street level. Since there’s no hunting culture here in Brazil, everyone assumed we were guerrillas. One guy called me “Private Brian.”

Ligia likes to push me around.

We met a cute little Tinkerbell…

…and a not so cute, much larger Tinkerbell.