How dangerous is Carnival in Rio, really? REALLY??
I don't deal with "impending doom" scenarios very well. When people start insisting so much that something is dangerous, I tend to just turn them off. It might be a flawed survival mechanism, but it might also be because a lot of people's fears are unfounded.
I have a theory that a lot of upper-class people in this country (maybe in the US, too) like to believe that things are dangerous in order to feel like they more important, that their stuff is more valued, and that people are jealous of their lifestyles. Fear can be very validating.
Some of you may be able to read what I'm not saying here.
But I think most everyone will have their 2 cents to add to an answer to this question: Are Kristin and I in danger? Some factors:
1. We're not going to the official parade. We plan to visit a bloco party and other (mostly) daytime tourist things.
2. I just got surgery on my arm and it's weak.
3. I have my arm brace that I can wear.
4. We are two Americans, and pretty clearly foreign-looking at that.
5. We're staying with an American friend of mine and her Brazilian husband. My American friend has lived in Rio for 4 years. Her husband is a cop.
6. We are women, and we are both married! (This factor is tongue in cheek, but perhaps may give you insight into what I'm not saying.)
I don't want to break my arm again or get mugged either, so I don't plan on doing anything stupid like drink until I can't walk or carry a big purse to the bloco party. But is just BEING in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival a risk in itself?
Can you guys recommend activities (like calmer, friendlier bloco parties) that will give Kristin a taste of Carnival without putting us in any unnecessary situations? My real-life friends and long-time readers know that I'm not some kind of crazy party animal. I fall asleep after 2 glasses of wine.
Do contribute to the comments! Thanks!