A Good Friday to all of you!
The elections are in full swing, going into the second round Aecio Neves from PSDB surprisingly made it, even though Dilma still had a lead the prospect of a more economy savvy government has had a positive effect on the stock market. If Neves would get the presidency it would probably give Brazil some time to sort very imminent economical problems out before investors withdraw, if Dilma wins it looks like we can expect that the economy continues to spiral downwards since confidence for her in the business sector is very weak. In the governor elections Pezão has a big lead going into the second round. Football legend Romario was elected senator of the republic.
As for real estate, in most areas prize increases have slowed down to almost a halt. In some areas like Tijuca prices have actually gone down a little bit. Perhaps what we see is a slow deflation of a real estate bubble?
In the league: On Sunday the 12th Cruzeiro will visit Maracanã to play Flamengo, kick-off is at 16h.
Brazilian Cup Quarter Finals: On Wednesday the 15th Flamengo will face América-RN in Maracanã, kick-off is at 22h.
The buses that normally would run on Rua Visconde de Pirajá are temporarily running on the beach avenue Vieira Souto, there is no clear available schedule, sometimes there are changes so you have to make sure at the time you want to catch the bus. The next one or two years traffic in the center of Rio will be complicated during rush hours, big constructions in the port area is the reason.
The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week:
Pineapples and mangoes are usually good purchases this time of the year.
An interesting art exhibition in Casa Daros shows works by South American artists, the theme is illusions. It is open Wed to Saturday 11h until 19h, Sundays and holidays 11h until 18h, Mondays closed. The end date is the 8th of February 2015. Entrance is 14 R$, free on Wednesdays. Casa Daros is located on Rua General Severiano 159 in Botafogo, click here for site.
If you are interested in the history of Rio the exhibition Do Valongo à Favela: imaginário e periferia no MAR might be interesting. It shows in images and text important culture forming events that has happened around the port area (where the museum is located). It is open Tue to Sunday 10h until 17h, the end date is the 12th of October. The MAR museum is located on Praça Mauá 5 in Centro, click here for site.
There is an exhibition of street-art in Caixa Cultural in Centro. Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Nunca are artists on exhibit. Different styles and techniques are explained. It is open Tue to Sunday 10h until 21h, the end date is the 15th of February 2015. Caixa Cultural is located on Avenida Almirante Barroso 25 in Centro.
Bom fim de semana!