Andreia Martins sits on the balcony at her hotel at Perreira da Silva slum in Rio de Janeiro March 2, 2006. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

When I was twenty or so I would have gone for this type of place. Living for 13 years in a Barrio area of LA it would not had been too of a shock. I am too used to comfort for this type of place nowadays. What shocked me about this place called Pousada Favelinha was the prices. It costs $15 US dollars to sleep in a room with bunk a beds. You can stay at a hostel in LA for the same price. Amazing what they charge foreigners.

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