The 8th weekly newsletter from Gringo-Rio will as usual bring you a bit of news, information and some of my ponderings.
Strikes continue again to make a strong presence in daily life. This week again buses were on strike for 48 hours, and today public school teachers entered an announced strike . Nation wide protests against the World Cup and the spendings related to the event took place on Thursday. I personally think that all these protests can at the most win short term victories. It is an obvious fact that the working conditions for school teachers here is dismal and with low salaries and over-crowded classrooms, and protests an election year can be very effective, but… When the iron curtain of economical recession is drawn (in my view it will happen within the next few years) and economical reforms will hit it is hard to see that any of the promises made now will be kept in the long term.
Billabong Pro Surf Championship: The surf event in Barra de Tijuca will continue over the weekend until the 18th of May. More information on: 2014 Billabong Rio Pro
Football: On Sunday the 18th Flamengo meet São Paulo in Maracanã stadium, the game starts at 4 PM. 10 PM on Wednesday Fluminense will confront the same team in the same stadium while Flamengo will play Bahia on the same day in Moacyrzão stadium (located in Macaé) 7:30 PM.
Public transport: The buses that normally would run on Rua Visconde de Pirajá are temporarily running on the beach avenue Vieira Souto. Strikes might affect the traffic this week as well.
Nightlife: The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruit of the week: I have decided that I would recommend a fruit of the week. There is always fruits that are in season and therefor with better price and quality. For this week I have picked out caqui or Japanese Persimon, you can find boxes of 6 with deliciously sweet and mature fruits for under 5 R$. Try it!
Article: I read a quite interesting article that touches on several of the problems that reside in Brazil that stunts the country’s ability to financially grow . It is quite radical and I can see how it can stir some hot emotions since it touches on the stereotype of Latins as lazy, I do think it gets away with it since the emphasis is on corporate ineffectiveness rather than personal laziness. Things like this has to be discussed. How come that the education levels just go down when the amount of money spent have gone up considerably? Why is it that everything takes so long? A lot of these problems reside on a structural and legal level for sure, to just blame it all on corrupt politicians is far too simple.