I write this the 18th weekly newsletter from Gringo-Rio in a Rio de janeiro where the sun shines from beautiful blue skies, it is fantastic winter weather. Things are back to normal again after the World Cup, the elections in October is the next big event.
Without a doubt Brazil is a the crossroads, the result of the presidential election can be the difference between a deep crisis or a turn around. Talking to a friend of mine yesterday, she said something I had almost ignored; there is also the election for Governor in Rio. She pointed something out that most people have no trust whatsoever in any of the candidates, that is a sad fact that also helps to explain why so little of importance happens in the city. Rio de Janeiro would need strong leadership right now since the city is facing rising crime levels and most likely in a short time, higher unemployment.
Football: The first game of the season in Maracanã will be the derby between Flamengo and Botafogo on Sunday the 27th of July, kick off 18h30. The biggest news is of course that Dunga is the new National Head Coach, the appointment has been met with suspicion. I really don’t know if I am so negative, after the 1-7 Germany defeat he will be given more freedom to implement his system fully, yes it is not a very fun football but in all honesty Germany won this tournament with a very cautious style (take the France game as an example). I think football will go back to this style again.
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: Mango’s are cheap and in season, especially the Palmer and Haden varieties are tasty. You can find strawberries, pears and apples are affordable as well.
Exhibitions: 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
Um ótimo fim de semana!