Here is the 7th weekly from Gringo-Rio.
Strikes are again making life difficult for the Carioca’s. Today Friday buses circulates as normal after a Thursday when only 1/4th of the buses were in operation. At the same time public school teachers are announcing threats about going on strike again. In these times when Brazil is on the verge of a financial crisis (if they are not already in one) it is hard to see how the demands of the strikers can be met. I can see how the next few years can get quite tumultuous for these reasons the social, political and economical situation in Rio and Brazil appear more and more fragile.
When I first came to Rio in 2003 I remembered how two things seemed very strange to me that were not in place in a major modern city like Rio, I have kind of kept them as my waterline mark for when I would really believe that Rio was on its way to become a modern metropolitan city. First it was that the subway was not integrated with the federal bus station and second that there was no fast train to São Paulo, as of today no more steps than discussions have been taken. Of course you can see a million other things, those are just my personal.
Billabong Pro Surf Championship: In an event that started yesterday the best surfers in the world will battle it out in Barra de Tijuca. The event started the 8th of May and continue until the 18th. More information on: 2014 Billabong Rio Pro
Football: On Saturday the 10th Botafogo go head to head with Criciúma in Maracanã stadium, the game starts at 9 PM. The big game of the weekend is the derby when Flamengo meet Fluminense in Maracanã on Sunday the 11th at 4 PM.
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 as well..
The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link. In general there are quite few options around aside from Lapa.