The warm weather continues, and the beaches are packed on weekends. Beware of the sun, some days you can burn very fast. Use factor 30 sunscreen and rent a sunbrella (5-7 R$ fora full day) and you are a little bit more protected.
The so called arrastões have continued around Posto 8 in Ipanema, so best to stay away from there on weekends. What it is? A bunch of adolescents rushing down in a large pack robbing people. The worst is perhaps the panic when families with kids flee as if it was for their life (which for sure isn’t in danger). These kids are not in my eyes your typical robbers, rather they are up-to-no-good-youth from the favelas. Very scarry when it happens!
This time of the year the samba schools of Rio have their rehearsal parties, most of them on Friday and Saturday nights. You can also go to rehearsal parades for free; almost every Saturday and Sunday night starting at 19h30 until Carnival starts. Read more about samba schools here. This Sunday the first division school Estácio de Sá will parade at 21:30h.
No games until the state cups who start in the beginning of February.
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 are the main reasons.
It’s January now so the city is full of street parties and other fun things to do. At this time of the year Lapa is crowded, especially on weekends. As always in big crowds here, remember there are lots of pick pocket artists and robbers so don’t bring valuables. The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week:
Pineapples, passion fruit, nectarines, water-melon and custard apples (fruta do conde) are good choices in January
This was an enlightening article for those who are interested in where Brazil might be heading: Rough weather ahead Perhaps the most interesting point is that Brazil will see cut-backs in the sacred public bill, we can expect strikes and protests over the next few years.
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.
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.
Have a Great One!