Good morning everyone!
The beautiful weather just continues, it seems like there is good hope for some nice time on the beach this weekend.
More robberies and violence, so I feel obligated to start out with warnings. If you do get robbed, do not resist, there have been several bad examples lately of what can happen if you do. My advice to stay safe: Don’t bring valuables out, if you do; don’t flash them. You’re going to Lapa? Share a cab. You’re going from Lapa? Cab again. Local buses are not safe at night. Avoid open parks. During night time; certain areas are perhaps a bit worse than others: Lapa, Centro (always), Santa Teresa, Tijuca, Glória, Botafogo and Catete have seen more incidents lately. Avoid walking deserted streets, the beach at night etc. Be smart, and you’ll be safe. Don’t take advice from other travelers too easy, they have only been here most likely at the most for a couple of months (many become Rio-struck and thus blind), make up your own mind instead if you decide to not heed the suggestions I wrote above. I really want you guys to stay safe out there, so be extra observant and careful!
The government have launched a large infra-structure plan, I’m convinced it is just an attempt to fool foreign investors, no Brazilian would ever believe that the included trans-Amazonian and trans-Andean railways ever will come into place. It almost seems like they just throw out smoke-screens and desperate measures while they find their real hope on their knees praying to God that commodity prices will go up again. A related read can be this Wikipedia page about another large scale Brazilian infra-structure project, more than forty years after the project started, large parts are not even paved. Or why not consider the famous line 3 in the Rio subway system, more than thirty years ago it was decided that it would be built, the only thing the Cariocas has seen so far has been on paper.
I agree with what is written in this article in Forbes almost 100 %. The public sector has to shrink by a multiplier larger than three. That money can then be put invested in education, infra-structure, and public health (and in that order). The combination of populist socialism (with no longer term goals than to win the next election) combined with neo-liberal market economy is a deadly combination for a country in need of profound structural changes. Brazil needs a long-term plan; a plan so bold it surely will have millions of people on the streets in protests again, this since the changes will have to hurt. Else the country will just go back to being a country with potential, over-ridden by crime created by weak politicians and the huge social problems they have avoided to solve for decades.
Only one first division game in Rio this week. On Saturday the 13th Vasco play Cruzeiro in São Januário stadium, kick-off 21h. The Copa América finals in Chile has started, Sunday the 14th Brazil will play Peru, kick-off 18h30. On Wednesday the 17th Brazil play Colombia, kick-off 21h. The latter a very big game since their latest match in the World Cup 2014 was extremely tense, with Neymar getting injured from an ugly challenge.
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:
Kiwi, strawberries, persimmon, tangerines and grapes are normally nice and affordable this time of the year.
Bom fim de semana!