Today's post is brought to you by the letter F. F-RUSTRATED. Consider yourselves warned for a rant.
WHY? This is my first question. WHY is it so impossible to make a comfortable life in Brazil? Ok. That's a complete exaggeration. I'm not 'uncomfortable' per say. But I'm being completely cock-blocked by the Brazilian class system!
Why is it it that I don't have the option to live 'wherever I want to' in Rio? I guess that's more accurate. Ok, I don't want to live in a mansion with aquarium walls and butlers. I just want to live in a neighborhood with culture and convenience. I want to be able to walk to the supermarket EASILY. I want to be able to catch ONE bus to work, not two or three. I want to live less than 30 mins from downtown, ideally RIGHT downtown (right now we live about 2 hours from). I want to live close to a bookstore. I want to have a variety of restaurant options (not just rice and beans), possibly some places with live music (not just MPB). Shit, I want to have a martini and I don't even drink martinis.
I live in a neighborhood that is classified as a "C" Class neighborhood, although that title was probably given by "A" Class citizens. What's after "C" class? I guess favelas... ? It's not even the money, or lackthereof, that gets to me. It's the lack of convenience and culture specifically. It's like the affordable neighborhoods have been pushed and pushed away to the outskirts of society.
I have obviously been conditioned after spending 5 years living on my own in Toronto, but in Toronto all you have to do is choose. And even the lower-end apartments are pretty awesome and are downtown. I pay the same amount of money (in relation to my salary) living in Jacarepagua that I did living in a fully equipped condo, right downtown Toronto.
What I don't understand, and what I can't accept, is why there is so much class-ism in Rio. Classes are divided in a disturbing way. My husband and I work HARD and, in my opinion, do fairly well financially. I have always lived very comfortably in the middle class, but even though my salary is similar to home, here I live in almost low class. We have to choose housing that is so far away in the 'suburbs'. We can't even afford to live in Barra, which again in my opinion, IS INSANELY OVERPRICED. BARRA IS CRAP AND YOU NEED A CAR TO LIVE THERE. WHY OH WHY WOULD PEOPLE BE CHARGING R$3000 A MONTH FOR A ONE BEDROOM IN BARRA DA TIJUCA?????? THERE IS NOTHING IN BARRA!!!!!
Living in Barra is the equivalent of living in Scarborough, across from Scarborough Town Centre. Oh, awesome, you live near a mall.
I am shaking my head. It's infuriating how much of a glass ceiling exists in Brazil. Today's apartment search made me hate Rio and the person who is responsible for making independent living so unattainable. Congratulations Rio. You live in a Stone Age. An unequal opportunity Stone Age.
Today's post is also brought to you by the letter G. Gah!!!!!