Hello Everyone! The last few days Rio has been blesses with some beautiful winter days with clear skies and clean water!
Halfway into the World Cup in football the event is still dominating Rio de Janeiro, as expected all visits to sights and attractions have included waiting long cues. So far there has been no major incidents here in Rio of negative nature, perhaps due to the heavy security that surrounds the events around Maracanã. Reports on healthy boosts to retail and tourism during the event has started to come out, short term effects but at least they will help to pay for the criticized expensive arenas and some will be left. Unfortunately the promised improvements in infrastructure have so far failed to impress me, projects like the Transcarioca is far from being on the right scale of what Rio really needs. It is time to start building an effective and large rail-system in Rio!
Football: Tomorrow Saturday the 28th of June starts the round of 16, first out Brazil will be facing Chile in Belo Horizonte at 13h. 17h the same day Colombia will be meeting Uruguai in Maracanã (a game that will be very interesting after Suarez biting suspension). The winners in these two games will meet on Friday July the 4th. The other quarter final game on the same day in Maracanã can become an epic bout between France and Germany given that they both win their games on Monday against Nigeria and Algeria. Argentina and Holland are two other big names that are still in the tournament. Spain, Italy and England are out.
Public transport: The buses that normally would run on Rua Visconde de Pirajá are temporarily running on the beach avenue Vieira Souto. During the event, especially when Brazil plays or there are games in Maracanã, everything works a bit different.
Nightlife: The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week: Last time I went to the fruit market they had some nice looking strawberries! As always in the winter time, apples and pears are good.
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 Salvador 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
Have a Nice Weekend!