We have beautiful weather in the late autumn, there is enough heat from the sun to make the beach fantastic. Let’s hope it keeps over the weekend.
The general safety warning is still on, actually as it is; it seems like it will stay like this or get worse in the nearest future. Nasty robberies involving uncalled for violence has shook people all over Rio de Janeiro, after years of relative peace in many areas the truth has been revealed; you cannot solve problems generated by social stratification with more police, only keep it in check. With less police on the streets, crime just bounces back to what it was in an instant. The problem needs a real solution.
The biggest news for Brazil these days was that the first big fiscal adjustment bill passed, you can read a little about the desired effects in this Forbes article written by Kenneth Rapoza. It brings up some good points I think. However I think that it is disturbing how it seems that Brazil is only bothered with some superficial make-up to keep the current credit rating (the government is at the same time working over-time to show the world how the country are striking great deals, especially contracts with China that actually in the long run might cost more than they give). Restricting pensions and worker benefits are very transparent measures that are easy to display, and perhaps needed as water is needed to put out a rampant fire; but that was never the reason why Brazil has ended up on what might be the verge of a financial collapse. The real problem for for the country is on a much deeper level, one that no politician so far has even dared to approach. A lot of it has to do with what happens with tax money in this country. I’m not mainly after the wide-spread corruption, rather the inefficient public sector and the complacent and nose-in-the-air attitude you more often than not get when dealing with people working in the public sector. If you have ever entered a local prefecture building (like I have many times) you are shocked to see the great majority of people occupied with doing nothing else than breathing. Only when Brazil reforms the public sector to something that is several times more efficient, smaller and more professional there is any hope at all. From Brasilia to public garbage collecting. That is what has to get done, the money saved should lead to lower taxes, and also be pumped in to public health, public schooling and public infra-structure; then Brazil could actually become the strong country so many dream of here. Not just short-term solutions, a longer plan is needed that does not just involve instant fixes to stimulate the economy.
Only one first division game in Rio this week, but not just any game. A derby between Flamengo and Fluminense will be played on Sunday in the Maracanã stadium, kick-off is set to 18:30h.
The next one or two years traffic in the center of Rio will be complicated during rush hours, big constructions in the port area are the main reasons. Works on Avenida Brazil will make transport to Ilha Grande and Parati complicated during rush hours.
The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week:
Avocados, kiwis, papayas, persimmons, apples, tangerines and pears are normally good choices this time of the year.
Have a nice weekend!