Getting a Grip 11: Fights, Fashion, and Feijoada
My trip is still going well and life is looking better than ever…. but Rio is starting to change. The weather here has made a turn from nice to rainy, back to nice, and now hot. Really REALLY hot. It was 105 degrees this week and was no fun. What is really hard it the fact that we don’t have AC at the house…. We are all hanging out at the pool and laying in the shade. I hope is doesn’t get much hotter than this. I don’t know how it could get much hotter!
So this trip has been all training all the time thus far. I had been hoping to see other sides of the fight culture here and I finally got the chance. Gordo invited several gringos including myself to go see an MMA event in a favela nearby. Of course I couldn’t turn down the opportunity! Once we get there, I realize that the event is being hosted by team Noguera and Big Nog himself was there watching. As it so happens, Gordo seems to get special passes everywhere he goes and we ended up sitting ringside for the whole event! We couldn’t physically get closer to the cage! We shook hands with Bog Nog (seriously has the biggest hands I’ve ever shook) and several other great fighters. At one point I was sitting next to Chris Cyborg. This event was packed with awesome competitors!
Anyways, the fights were really good, but the lighting was in such a way I couldn’t take good pics from where I was. We did, however, see some nasty knockouts which reminded me of why I want to stick to pure BJJ lol! I just don’t want my body to go through the grinder like that.
During the weekend, I went to a fashion show with Thiago. His wife works in the fashion industry and her company was showcasing some new ideas on the runway. I haven’t been to many fashion shows so this was quite the new environment. Sometimes I forget Rio is more than jiu jitsu. We went out and partied with her coworkers after and had a nice time walking around the city.
Something hit me when I was out that night. I was seeing how beautiful the city was at night. I train all week and usually get one chance to see the city. Most free days I end up doing nothing because I’m so exhausted, but now I feel I need to spend some time seeing the city. I think in the upcoming weeks I will take some days off to roam around. My body is beat up enough anyways.
Back to my weekend! I was also invited to hang out with my friend Michel again! This time, it was to my very first feijoada. For those of you who don’t know what that is, feijoada is a bean and pork dish that is a symbol of all Brazilian food. Here is what it looks like:
I haven’t been eating much meat so the pork was both delicious and heavy! I ate two platefuls and couldn’t move haha. The people that were there were all very nice. Only a few spoke English but we were able to discuss tons of topics ranging from soccer to Brazilian politics. I learn a ton about their culture every time I meet a new person. They seem to be just as curious as I am about meeting. It’s wonderful.
My days are starting to be numbered here. I feel like I’ve soaked in a bunch of technique and experience and it certainly feels like my timing is right to go back. I’m starting to miss things back home, especially the people closest to me. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any of my family or friends and it’s taking its toll. I am excited to see them again. I can’t wait to tell them the stories and catch up. Being away makes you realize what’s important sometimes.
Anyways that’s all I have for today! OSSSSS!!