By Martin Kocandrle, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO - There is an unmistakable vibrancy in the air as one takes their first steps into the community of Rocinha. It is the largest favela (slum) in Rio de Janeiro with some estimates reaching 150,000 residents, located in the South Zone, just one kilometer from the beach.
Motorcycle taxis zip by with passengers while music blares from the many bars that dot the landscape in this fascinating neighborhood. Despite the energy and unique visual appeal, for many, Rocinha still has a rough reputation.
When asked about life in Rocinha, those that have . . .
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