What a trip! We met Fabio on the beach (the handsome man pictured with Cyndi) - he is a very happy "starving" artist living in a Rio favela. He offers to take us to a Samba party in deep Rio. It is the Manguiera Favala Samba School, and they are practicing on Saturday night in a huge warehouse for the upcoming Rio Carnival. How lucky to be invited by a local to this exciting event. It is kind of scary to arrive in this poor area of town but it is so lively and we trust Fabio - thousands of people packed in the streets with makeshift bars and the same number inside the warehouse. The party started at midnight and went until 4 a.m.... but one of us could only last until about 2:30 a.m. :-). Wild, fun, real Rio.