So the World Cup started, and event that will dominate the city for over a month.
Even though protests occurred in parts of the city they did not manage to take away the focus on the opening match between Brazil and Croatia. An hour before the game it felt like you were in a war zone, with all shutters down and hardly any cars on the streets. A general warning to avoid closeness to these manifestations since they at times can get violent. Also, access to the greater tourist attractions is at times very hard due to long cues.
Football: The game against Croatia started out with a lucky goal for the Croats, they had a few more chances until Neymar scored a beaut. A dubious penalty and a “golasso” by Oscar made the final score 3-1. The fan area on Copacabana beach seems to have worked really well. Brazil plays again on Tuesday. Today Friday Spain meet Holland in a much anticipated game that takes place in Salvador.
Public transport: The buses that normally would run on Rua Visconde de Pirajá are temporarily running on the beach avenue Vieira Souto. During the event, especially when Brazil plays or there are games in Maracanã, everything works a bit different.
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. Apples and pears are also good this time of the year.
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