POLICE ESCORTS People might give the Brazilian military police a hard time, but in fact they are my new best friends! I had quite an embarrassing experience coming back from the beach! I'd just left Katy and was waiting by the bus stop, minding my own business when a military police car stopped and asked me what I was doing. When I told them I was waiting for a bus, they told me I couldn't wait where I was because I was right in front of the favela and it was really dangerous especially at dusk. Instead they tried to explain to me that I had to go to another bus stop down the road. However, I really couldn't understand where they meant at all, so they decided to take drastic (and embarrassing!) action. They turned on their sirens and their lights and started to reverse back down the road really slowly, giving me a police escort as I walked alongside the car with them. We only went about 300m up the road to the next bus stop but in that time they had managed to almost cause quite a few accidents as oncoming traffic had to quickly swerve and overtake to avoid them. God it was embarrassing! Everyone around was looking at me! Even worse, instead of just forgetting the embarrassment, I was constantly reminded of it as the same policemen insisted on passing the bus stop about 5 times to check I was still alright!