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A Brief History of Rio

Hi all, Yesterday marked the 450th anniversary of the establishment of Rio de Janeiro – by the Portuguese. Few people are aware that the first settlement in the area was actually French! Rio was born at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. The first settlement, founded in 1555, actually was French and was named “France Antarctique”. […]

The new year begins!

Hi everyone! It’s March 12th. In the US, clocks and cell phones sprang forward to Daylight Saving Time last weekend. Spring is just around the corner. And in Brazil, the new year is just beginning! It’s a joke here in Brazil that the new year begins in March. It’s a joke – but also pretty […]

FIFA reaction after the Confederations Cup

Hi all, Despite fears about security and whether or not stadiums would be ready, the Confederations Cup came off pretty well. (Although fans of Spain’s team may disagree.) Before the games, there were doubts as to whether Brazil would have the infrastructure in place, but I haven’t heard or read of any significant issues. Brazilians […]

Clash of the Titans?

Hi all, The Brazil vs Spain final in the Confederation Cup games was hailed by one sports writer as “is the clash of the 21st century.” Sorry, Akarsh. Certainly the game was pleasing for all of my Brazilian friends, but it was very lopsided, at say the least. Still, it had it’s moments. The first goal, scored […]

Strike at Maracanã broken

Hi all, Today marks the end of a 19-day strike by workers at Maracanã Stadium, the huge arena which hosted the 2007 Pan-American Games and will be a primary venue for the 2014 World Cup Games. Oh, we’re talking about  soccer, by the way. Maracanã opened in 1950. At that time it was the largest […]

Hostages taken at de luxe hotel in Rio

Hi all, Typically I write about the pleasanter things here in Rio and Brazil – and there are many to write about. But I won’t deny that there are severe problems, endemic problems. Foremost among these in Rio is crime fueled by the war against drug traffickers. The most recent battle erupted last weekend when a […]

Sand Sculpture: Christ welcomes you to the 2016 Olympics

Hi all, I hope that you are winding down a great week. My week was busy, but productive. The World Cup has come and (mercifully) gone. Rio is now looking to the next games, in 2014.  And on the heels of World Cup 2014 are the 2016 Olympics. There is lots of debate about whether […]

World Cup 2014: Will Brazil be ready?

Hi all, World Cup 2010 has hardly finished, the Spaniards are probably still hung over, and already doubts are being raised about whether Brazil will be ready for the next World Cup in 2014. There is a lot at stake here, beyond the obvious wheelbarrows of money. Pride figures in every bit as much. The […]

Video: Brazil vs. North Korea

Hi all, As I have mentioned, my Mac crashed, so I was not able to bring you video of the World Cup sooner. It mysteriously resurrected itself, so I’m back in business. Below I’ve embedded a video shot the day that Brazil played North Korea. I wandered around Copacabana, going first to a bar and […]

Video: Brazil Defeats Ivory Coast in World Cup 2010

Hi all, Sorry that I did not post here on Friday. As we say down here, “O negocio e o seguinte…”, which translates as “The business is the following…” Typically this expression signals the beginning of a long and involved story. Top off your beer and kick back. I´ll keep it short and just say […]