With the World Cup in progress it is hard to discuss much else, the event is dominating the whole city.
Aside from some isolated incidents of violence, all seems to have been working really good.
Football: After a draw with Mexico, much due to fantastic goalkeeping by Ochoa, the Brazilians have been under fire from the media. The game against Cameroon on Monday, should pose no problem since the African players not only have lost the chances to advance, they seem undedicated and there is internal squabbling in the side. The next opponent will be much tougher surely, either Chile or Holland. Spain are out and England are depending on the Italians and Balotelli’s ability to crush Costa Rica today, a team that surely will go in 100% to this game.
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.
Fruits 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. There are also some nices strawberries around!
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