So it’s World Youth Day (WYD) here in Rio… Don’t be fooled, it’s not actually just one day, it’s a whole week!
What this means is that there are thousands and thousands of Catholics in the city this week — mainly, of course, to see Pope Francis.
Pope Francis got here on Monday, and ever since then the South Zone (and mostly Copacabana, where I live) has been a nightmare in terms of traveling. Not only are the subway trains and the buses almost always full, the streets of Copacabana are packed with people, all sporting the same “JMJ” backpack (“JMJ” stands for “Jornal Mundial de Juventude” which is the Portuguese translation of “World Youth Day”).
And, of course, on Tuesday, when I was on my way to BJJ, the entire subway system was shut down.
It took me over an hour to travel the length of 3 subway stops (which usually takes about 5 minutes), packed in the train like I was in a can of sardines. Then, at the third stop, all the lights went off and you could hear the engine shut off. I ended up getting out and walking the rest of the way to jiu jitsu, but apparently some people got stranded inside the station and got upset and broke some shit. Yeah, good job Rio subway authorities.
Anyways, this post is not really about the chaos happening here as a result of the Catholic Church. It’s about one particular story that someone posted in a Facebook group for lesbians in Rio de Janeiro:
Note: I added spacing and punctuation as I saw fit, since it’s kind of hard to read the whole thing as one giant sentence, the way the writer originally wrote it..
…As you can imagine, all of the other lesbians in the Facebook group responded with supportive comments like “Congratulating you on your attitude — in addition to being very professional it was also compassionate” and “Perfect response. It’s not the girl’s fault that her mother is like that.”
It made me happy to read her post and people’s responses. :)
Okay, now back to my day of trying to figure out how to make websites… Maybe I’ll be able to concentrate a little better once the Catholics stop chanting and singing hymns en masse and at the top of their lungs outside my window… -_____-;;;;
…Also, somewhat related, but mostly just strange: