Recent cuts in public spending have led to a wave in robberies, be extra careful in Centro, Lapa, Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete and Gloria. Less police on the streets will lead to less security. The general tip to stay away from deserted and places with a “dodgy” feel still applies, however it is also necessary to try to not carry around i-phones and other valuables if possible; and be prepared to give it up if you do have them with you.
On the political scene the government just got their bill for fiscal adjustments through, even perhaps finance minister Levy is sincere, I find it hard to believe that the most controversial points will ever go through; this time it will not only be raising the price of the bus fare according to inflation, this time it would be cuts in to the world of civil servants, and that is very sensitive ground in this country.
Vasco da Gama won the State Cup finals against Botafogo. The Brazilian league starts this weekend. Fluminense will play Joinville in Maracanã on Saturday the 9th, 20h. On Sunday the 10th Vasco receive Goiás in their stadium São Januário, kick-off 18:30h.
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, kiwis, papayas, persimmons, apples, tangerines and pears are good choices.
Have a nice week!