Don't miss it if you have a chance to go.
Yea, it's damgerous, I worked there for 9 months, 97 to 98. A friend was robbed next to Help at knife point, rather early, 2100. My last time there was March of this year for 10 days on Starwood and AA
I have a lot of stories to tell, from being in the bairro Penha at 3AM without site access as the gaurd was dead, to watching a coke head get shaken down by the police at a resturant on Copocabana. And many more non viloent and GREAT experiences, Carnival at the Samdomono, resturants, motocycles, , my palm reader, my apartment in Ipanema, the list goes on.
I just left a 9 month job in Luanda. After all of the security precautions we took there, a work mate went to Belgium for a visa trip and was assaulted before he got to his hotel. He lost his work PC
, 5k USD working fund, Passport and wallet.
Oh yea, I worked in LA
. Driving to Compton at night wih an off duty cop he chambered a round as we neared the work site. Shit happens everywhere.
Go, have fun, take pictures, bring your sombrero and secure your stuff. Just like Belgium.