The 16th weekly newsletter from Gringo-Rio comes on a day when thw whole city is grey. It is almost like if God is crying after his favourite team went out of the tournament: Holland of course 🙂
After a traumatic experience in the World Cup semi finals things are getting back to normal. On the New York stock market Brazilian papers took a leap, the reason is that Djilma’s estimated chances of winning diminished greatly after the 7-1 loss to Germany. People feel that ever since she took the presidency most things have gone against Brazil. The problem is that it is hard to see the opposition winning with nothing less than the many benefits PT has promised and started to hand out before the election, not really what Brazil needs right now perhaps.
Football: Let’s start with football, it is almost impossible not to. Argentina and Germany in the final, most of Brazil supporting the friendly Germans against their great rivals. Argentina hosted it once and won, Brazil has hosted it twice and not won it. To see the blue and white neighbours win the gold in Maracanã is a little bit too much for a nation which has a great portion of their pride invested in the performance of the national side.
It is almost forgotten how Holland beat Spain 5-1 in the group stage. Perhaps Felipão’s play style is as outdated and ill-fitting as it is for Spain? Not only has the tic-tac and ball domination been figured out, you need top class top form creative inner midfielders to pull it off, something neither Spain or Brazil has right now. Dani Alves said that this means we have to rebuild and rethink, a very good reaction to what happened I think. Perhaps take away a player mentality based upon faith in that certain players (and God?!) will make sure Brazil wins. Perhaps do what Germany does so good, play like a team and stay together at all costs. Costa Rica can stand as good example of what a group of players can do if they stick together and work hard.
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.
Fruits of the week: Strawberries are still cheap and good, it is also a good time to start looking for mangoes, the Palmer and Haden varieties are in my view most tasty. The small manga espada are very sweet and nice, the many fibers make flossing a must though!
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
Interesting read: I have just invested in the book Complacência – Entenda Por Que o Brasil Cresce Menos Que Pode by Fabio Giambiagi and Alexandre Schwartsman. The much debated Schwartsman is a much controversial Paulista economic scholar, formed in Berkley. In this book he and his colleague gives their view on why Brazil did not take the leap when a country like China did.
Have a Great Weekend!