In the shadows of Christ 0

 

If in 2014 Rio de Janeiro welcomed me with open arms (see post here), this year it’s welcomed me from the back, or better saying, in the shadows of its Christ the Redeemer.

This introduction may seem sad, and in fact it’s a bit, but as sadness never lasts forever, calmly, I found certain beauty in pain…

Fernanda Hinke

Photo: Carlos Hinke

I am the girl from Bauru, (btw, there’s a song with that title by Cazuza, a Brazilian singer). With strength, courage and a portion of boldness, today I live in Paris, the beige and gray city, melancholic, often without sun, but with an spectacular architecture, city of love and pain. Btw… speaking of love, I am fortunate to work with love… love for biking, I love Paris on my bike.

Although I’m from São Paulo, today my Brazil is also the city of Rio de Janeiro. The beach, the hills, the sunset, the fashion, the surf,  the music, the favela, the relaxed attitude of its inhabitants frequently smiling, happy and sometimes behaving delightfully “evil”… .Ah, the carioca way seduces me…

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Rio de Janeiro – Copacabana

A week before Carnival, I went bike riding with my dear Cris, I watched hallucinating altinha with PXE, I visited Rocinha Surf School, my hello to the great Bocão, on Thursday I chilled, I missed the sunrise with my friends at the Red Beach, sorry Lilly. Friday, a hello to Borges, my family was in the area. Dear Carol and Raissa, it was good to see you again…

Saturday of Carnival, a frenetic euphoria in the air. Everyone wearing costumes, glitter, some taking drugs and everyone looking for the best Carnival groups to go…

Fernanda Hinke

Altinha – Ipanema

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With Cris at Rocinha

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View from Rocinha

From this day on, I chose calmness, the soul, the solitude and I pulled away from the crowd. On a bike, I observed the Carnival from up the road, behind the Christ. In his shadow, next to his arms, under his protection, the Christ guided my heart! I was biking by Paineiras Road.

Fernanda Hinke

National Tijuca Park
Paineiras Road

Paineiras is a natural reserve in Tijuca National Park, one of the largest urban forest in the world, where coffee was once planted. Reforested by Dom Pedro II, nowadays has jackfruit, palm trees, cinnamon, bamboo, jabuticaba (a Brazilian berry), mango trees, lianas, eucalyptus, jequitibás (very tall Brazilian tree), monkeys, toucans, hawks, coatis etc.

 In this ecological paradise, I took a cold shower from a fountainhead, after the ride, it was energizing!

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National Tijuca Park
Paineiras Road

Fauna, flora and pure water, purified my eyes! Vista Chinesa and Mesa do Imperador, wonderful sight sets in the city.  God must really be Brazilian and probably Carioca (from Rio), as he was very generous with Rio de Janeiro. Thank you, my friend Paulo, and the music of Lenine, that brought calm and truth to my soul, among the frenzy of Carnival’s costumes…

Fernanda Hinke

National Tijuca Park
Paineiras Road

During four days, down there, Carnival played, joked, shone, kissed, held, lamented, fought and withered. I felt protected, watching this great party up from the top with Christ the Redeemer.

Fernanda Hinke

National Tijuca Park
Paineiras Road

On Ash Wednesday, ashy like Paris? Beige or gray? Whatever, for me both are sad, sad as that day… sad because the Carnival was over? No, sad because my Carnival ended in disaffection. I would have stayed forever on that hill, protected by the broad back of Christ the Redeemer…

But as always, there is beauty in pain… even if my Carnival ended in disaffection, now it’s just about love. Just like Paris, Rio opened the doors to my work with love, love for the bike…

Can you understand now how with calm there is beauty in pain? Not in this order necessarily, the only order here, I’ll tell you secretly: it was Christ who whispered to me: The disaffection is over, on Thursday the sun shone, the champagne iced and we toasted: Go Bike Rio, that’s all about love!

Fernanda Hinke

Photo: Ruy Barros