Fall is definitely here, temperatures have dropped a bit. As usual at this time of the year, there are not many events or happenings
There is a general feeling of worry in Rio and Brazil, the financial crisis is a fact, it is just a matter of how deep Brazil will go now. The more positive voices say that Brazil is different than it was before, others say that the booming ten years were completely lost and that Brazil will become like Argentina; a non-functional economy that only lives from exports of abundant natural resources. The latest big topic is how the government are trying to force over-spending states and municipalities to repay their debts, something that the mayor of Rio Eduardo Paes openly criticized earlier this week. On the positive side, the Brazilian Real continues to drop; hard for new companies that are built on imports, but great for the much more important exports. Another plus thing is that people involved in corruption actually gets convicted this time around, perhaps it will help to make politicians less corrupt in the future?
Up until now, crime in Rio’s subway system has been very limited, of late there has been several so called arrastões in this means of transport as well. It has taken at night. So perhaps leave the I phone at home, take a taxi, or if you go; be very attentive to large bands of adolescents entering, get off as soon as you can (just like on the buses).
Just follow this link for the local cup games that are on: Globo Esportes. The national league only starts in May.
The next one or two years traffic in the center of Rio will be complicated during rush hours, big constructions in the port area are the main reasons. Works on Avenida Brazil will make transport to Ilha Grande and Parati complicated during rush hours.
The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week:
Avocados, pineapples, plums, custard apples, guavas, mangoes, apples and pears are good choices.
Have a Great Week!