Hello everyone! This is the 9th weekly newsletter from Gringo-Rio and it will contain a bit of news, some useful information and some of my own ponderings.
This week school teachers and police are most likely on strike, the military have been called in to cover any security issues.
Protests against the World Cup that starts on the 12th of June are happening nation wide. To me it is quite amazing that protesters find it so important to protest against this event now, I mean shouldn’t this have happened during the application process? A little too late now and what good would it do to make less foreigners come here (I mean money from abroad benefits the republic and consequently its subjects). I can see how this would be a good time to show your discontent since it is a good show case, but perhaps vouching for improving the dismal conditions in public schools and in public transport (not the price but the actual quality) would be more pertinent? Enough said.
Football: Maracanã feature no more games until the World Cup starts. Sunday the 25th Botafogo confront Vitória in Moacyrzão stadium (located in Macaé about 5 hours from Rio) 6:30 PM. Flamengo’s home game against Figueirense on Thursday the 29th will actually be played in Morumbi stadium in São Paulo, kick-off is 7:30 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 this week as well.
Nightlife: The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruit of the week: Caqui or Japanese Persimon is still a very good choice, you can find boxes of 6 or 8 with deliciously sweet and mature fruits for under 5 R$. They should be a little bit soft. Nice and refreshing when cold. The deliciously sweet and juicy poncã (in English Ponkan or Chinese Honey Orange) is coming into season. Keep an eye out for low prices, when they are quite heavy with loose skin they are at their best!
Article: This weeks article I found in New York Times Don’t Fall in Rio’s Water. Olympic sailors that are practicing in Guanabara Bay have been complaining about how filthy the waters are. This is of course welcome news for us living here, perhaps this will actually force the Prefeitura to actually transform empty words into action. The fact is that popular beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana have very filthy waters at times, the only way to solve it is to start cleaning the unfiltered sewage that goes straight in to the bay and along the coast and as well to control the many ships that we have anchored in the bay. With the right initiative we could have a severely improved situation in just a few years, lets keep our fingers crossed!
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.