Older brother takes the younger for a ride on his BMX in a dirt street of Paquetá Island. On the background the wall has a ferry painted on it – and the usual front gate opened.
Tranquility is a word that may define well the day to day life in Paquetá Island. The ferry is the main transport linking the island to the main land, taking people to and from Praça XV Downtown Rio de Janeiro (there are no ferries connecting Paquetá to other parts of Rio).
The ferry painted on the wall is one of the old (1960’s or 70’s) models, but still operates in 2016. It takes about 1h and 10 minutes to cross the bay, while the new models take 20 minutes less. Reduced frequency of services on the weekend, make a visit to the island being something worth planning.
The front gate open while the kids play outside is a common sight on this island, where life feels to flow on a slower pace and kids don’t remain indoors playing with their iPads all day long.
It is October and the sun is getting hotter every day. Kids playing without their shirts are a reflection of the usually warm spring time in Rio.
Photo taken on 08/Oct/2016