Juanita was a young woman from Cartagena, Colombia. She was a bright, outgoing girl who had a great love for languages. She was fascinated by the nuances of different dialects, and she had a special affinity for Portuguese. Juanita had started learning Portuguese in school, but she was determined to become fluent. Whenever she could, she would listen to Portuguese music, practice her pronunciation, and read books in Portuguese. She even started watching Brazilian television shows like " Coisa Mais Linda "and "O Mecanismo" and movies like "Cidade de Deus" and "O Que e Isso Companheiro" to perfect her knowledge of the language. The more time Juanita invested in her studies, the more she fell in love with the language.
She found a language partner and practiced with a Brazilian partner named Tatiane; they practiced speaking three times a week. She found the Portuguese words to be melodic and soothing, and she especially enjoyed the distinction between formal and slang.
She had been dreaming of visiting beautiful Brazil and its vibrant culture, and she knew that the best way to really improve her language was to immerse herself in it. Juanita had saved up enough money to make the trip, and she booked her flight to Rio de Janeiro. She was so excited to get the chance to practice Portuguese in its native country. When she arrived, she took in the sights and sounds of the city and was amazed by how much she could understand. Juanita explored the city, soaking up the culture and trying out her Portuguese as much as possible.
She had heard so much about the city and was eager to explore and see the sights. She was ready to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, which she had dreamed of seeing since she was a child. The statue was breathtaking. Standing tall atop Corcovado Mountain, it was a breathtaking sight to behold. She spent a long time around it, taking pictures and simply enjoying the experience. For lunch, she stopped at a local seafood restaurant, where she had the traditional moqueca, a delicious seafood stew and drank caipirinhas on the beach Juanita was having an amazing day so far.
Meanwhile, back in Cartagena, Juanita's mom Benita was anxiously checking in with her daughter. She had been worried about Juanita's first trip away from home and wanted to make sure she was safe and enjoying her time in Rio. "Hi, Mom," Juanita said when she called. "I'm having the best time! The city is beautiful and I've already made a few new friends." Benita was relieved to hear that Juanita was enjoying herself, and she went on to tell her mother all about the sights she had seen and the adventures she had been on since arriving in the city.
After hanging up the call with her mom, some friends texted her on Whatsapp to schedule a time for them to go to Lapa, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, and listen to some Samba circles live. Juanita and her friends arrived at the Metropolitan Cathedral. They were immediately drawn to the colorful and vibrant architecture of the cathedral. It was beautiful, and their eyes took in its beauty in awe. They spent some time wandering the grounds and admiring the specific details of the architecture. They spent hours exploring every nook and cranny.
Now it was time to check out the Samba circles. As soon as they arrived, Juanita felt a wave of energy and excitement. The lively music, the vibrant costumes, and the infectious energy of the crowd captivated her. Her friends soon joined in, dancing and singing along with the other dancers. Juanita felt the music in her soul, and soon she was spinning and twirling with the best of them.
It was an amazing first day in Rio.
to be continued