A very good Friday to you all! The 11th weekly newsletter from Gringo-Rio will as usual have a bit of news, some useful info and some other stuff.
It is less than a week until the World Cup starts, you can really feel how the buzz is starting to grow. The first game is on Thursday the 12th when Brazil meet Croatia in São Paulo. Police are already all over the city. We can perhaps expect a bit of protests during the event.
Football: Needless to say, there are no league games during the WC. The first game in Maracanã will be on Sunday the 15th when Lionel Messi and Argentina will confront Bosnia and Herzegovina in a game starting 19h. The next game is on Wed the 18th when Spain meets Chile 16h.
Public transport: The buses that normally would run on Rua Visconde de Pirajá are temporarily running on the beach avenue Vieira Souto. Strikes might affect the traffic this week as well. On game days you can expect quite a lot of disturbances and changes.
Nightlife: The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link. In general this time of the year there is not so much going on.
Fruit of the week: Poncã (in English Ponkan or Chinese Honey Orange) is a deliciously sweet and juicy citrical fruits with origins in Japan, they should be quite heavy with loose skin they are at their best. Caqui or Japanese Persimon is still a very good choice, they should be a little bit soft. There are quite a lot of cheap and juicy pears as well.
Article: This weeks article is from The Guardian and was published on the 5th of June World Cup 2014: opening match city São Paulo hit by public transport strike. Will strikes continue during the Cup?
Exhibitions: For those into modern art there is one exhibition that might be of interest. Works from the the famous German art collector Peter Ludwig is on exhibition on Rua Primeiro de Março 66 in Centro, open Wed – Mon 09h/21h, free entrance (bring id). The exhibition ends on the 21st of July. Here you can see works of greats like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein.
CCBB (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil) are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a large Salvador Dali exhibition. Starting today on the 30th of May and ending 4 months later on the 22nd of September. The address is Rua Primeiro de Março 66 Centro, open Wednesday until Monday 9h/21h (closed on Tuesdays). Free entrance. Site: CCBB – Salvador Dali
Bom fim de semana!