Boa sexta tudo mundo! In the 10th weekly newsletter from Gringo-Rio I will as usual provide a bit of news, some useful info and some of my general reflections on things going on in the city and the country.
This Friday morning is quite cold, the clear blue skies promises a beautiful day with nice weather. Hopefully it can continue over the weekend!
Strikes of the week? Public school teachers, police and bus drivers are likely candidates.
With only two weeks to go until the World Cup starts you can start to sense how emotions are building up, yellow and green flags and banners are starting to be seen everywhere. Even though many people are recentful how this FIFA event has been handled so far, I am quite sure as soon as the first game starts focus will change to the performance of the national team. Let’s hope for a great cup!
Football: There are no more games in Maracanã or Rio until the World Cup starts. Fluminense game against Internacional on Sunday the 1st of June will be played in Moacyrzão stadium located in Macaé about 5 hours from Rio.
Public transport: The buses that normally would run on Rua Visconde de Pirajá are temporarily running on the beach avenue Vieira Souto. Strikes might affect the traffic this week as well.
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.
Fruit of the week: Poncã (in English Ponkan or Chinese Honey Orange) is a deliciously sweet and juicy citrical fruits with origins in Japan. It is coming into season, the price is already quite low, they should be quite heavy with loose skin they are at their best. Caqui or Japanese Persimon is still a very good choice, they should be a little bit soft. Keep an eye out for cheap and tasty apples and pears as well, winter is the time of the year when they are at their best.
Article: Reuters UK published this one on the 16th of May; World Cup to give very modest boost to Brazil’s economy – Reuters poll. Breaking news, the World Cup will not give a great boost to Brazil’s economy… Well, which real economists did ever really believe that? The event was of course used by organizers to incentivate investments from abroad, it is a well known fact that big tournaments are no huge income source for the organizing city or country. The Summer Olympics in 2016 will almost surely have a negative balance come the end of the games. The real benefit should be more on the publicity side, a well organized event can be a great show case to attract investors, something that has been made more difficult by the turbulence and violence related to the many manifestations that have been; something that also is brought up in the article.
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 Salavador 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
Bom fim de semana!