Back in Rio!I have been here for about 5 days and it has been great so far!My experience is very different this time around since I am staying in Rocinha. In the past I have been to the favela but have never stayed here as a whole. I was afraid at first to be honest. So many news about shootings in the past couple of months but thankfully it has been very calm. Rocinha is its own world. Everything you could possibly need is in the comunidade. I’ve been down to Ipanema and Leblon about two times. The vibe is so different from both locations. Not once have I felt threatened walking on the streets. And people know I’m a gringa, the way I dress and the way i speak says it all. So grateful for people’s acceptance and allowing me to learn from them and their home.