The 17th weekly newsletter from Gringo-Rio arrives the week after the FIFA World Cup in football has ended, by Germany winning their 4th gold medal Brazil avoided their greatest fear: Argentina winning their 3rd… It feels quite nice that the city is back to normal, my favourite season of the year is now, nice sunny days and cool crisp evenings.
Something a lot more important than the World Cup is gradually coming in to focus, the election sin October. It is doubtful that ever an election in Brazil has been monitored so closely from abroad. In a country that according to some is on the verge of a financial collapse, who will come into power and with what promises will definitely affect the way foreign investors look on Brazil. In times like these it takes tough love to get the wheels turning again, something very complicated when large parts of the population are protesting for benefits. The truth of the matter is perhaps that what really has to get done is impossible to win the election with, to slaughter the holiest cow of them all: The untouchable nature of the thoroughly ineffective and expensive public sector and the sacred public jobs. Perhaps Brazil could learn a little by observing the developments in southern Europe where these changes are in full swing, generating widespread protesting as well. These are new times that demand new measures.
Football: The league has already started, but not the games in Maracanã. Botafogo and Fluminense will play their home games this week in the Raulino de Oliveira stadium Volta Redonda. The derby between Flamengo and Botafogo on Sunday the 27th of July will be the first game in the national stadium following the World Cup.
Public transport: The buses that normally would run on Rua Visconde de Pirajá are temporarily running on the beach avenue Vieira Souto.
Nightlife: The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week: Strawberries are cheap and good, it is also a good time to start looking for mango’s, the Palmer and Haden varieties are most tasty.
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 this week 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
Interesting read: If you have interest in the Brazilian economy this USA Today article about foreign investment in Brazil might be of interest. It deals with the problems that foreign companies are facing coming to Brazil. In my view the writer makes some very good points.
Bom fim de semana!