Carnival is definitely over and things are returning to normal. Unfortunately the reports of people getting hit by stray bullets continue to come in, Tuesday night a girl was hit in the leg walking on the main street in Copacabana, it was 22h30 at night. The situation is bad, so far we have seen no real action to resolve the problems.
A number of international articles have recently highlighted Brazil’s rather bleak financial future. Investors are fleeing after the economic, much since the measures applied to turn the ship around has gotten a unanimous thumbs down from experts. To raise taxes that hit the middle class to finance benefits promised in the election is of course not helping. The huge Petrobrás scandal is there as well. Read the article here for some views on the situation: Forbes Article – For Emerging Market Investors, Brazil Has Become A Hot Mess. The response the government has come up with is astounding and has for sure worsened the situation. Dilma recently blamed former president Cardoso’s administration for the Petrobrás scandal, he ended his last term in 2003… Former president Lula is on the government’s side and recently said the Petrobrás devaluation on the international stock markets is an international conspiracy; they want to steal the oil from the Brazilian people (amazingly some actually supports this thought here in the country). The new minister of finance (Levy) recently informed the French Chamber of Commerce that Brazil’s problems were very small and easy to handle (half-galloping inflation, plummeting exports, almost negative growth, interest rates reaching very high levels, widespread corruption scandals, strikes, and growing crime problems). It is hard to say if they just want to save their own skins by lying and brushing problems under the carpet. In one one way it would be better than that they actually believed in what they were saying; since that would mean that Brazil is run by people with the same mental attitude as Hugo Chavez. This is no time for hubris, it is time to take care of business.
Just follow this link for the local cup games that are on: Globo Esportes.
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.
The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week:
Avocados, plums, custard apples, guavas, apples and pears are good choices.
The inauguration of Museu do Amanhã (The Museum of Tomorrow) in the port area Pier Mauá might have had a better setting, the tomorrow doesn’t look so good right now for most Brazilians. The whole project in the port area is by many feared to become a monument to a lost opportunity; it seems it will not be this time Brazil will become a modern country. This doesn’t take away the fact that the museum is pretty interesting, and well worth a visit. It is introduced as a third generation science museum, the opening day is set to the 1st of March. Here is a link: Museu do Amanhã
Have a Good Week!