Chaotic Rio


When I started this blog I had the purpose of sharing the beauties of Rio with the World. After  years feeling bad about this city during my whole youth, it seemed that I was beginning to see Rio from a different point of view. Things regarding to public security wore doing fine, as the crime rates seemed to be falling down and I wanted to train my eyes to see beauty in my personal routine of a middle-class housewife living in Rio. But since the moment the World Cup ended, being positive about Rio has been a hard job.

This last weekend we saw another round of violent scenes in Rio. From Friday to Sunday, gangs of thieves brought fear to the main neighborhoods of “Zona Sul”. Cariocas and tourists who were enjoying the beautiful sunny day at Arpoador, Ipanema and Copacabana had the chance to see with their own eyes teenagers robbing smartphones, wallets, handbags and being violent with their victims. During this week international media published something about it, as you can check here  or here .

This is the city that will be hosting the Olympic Games in less than a year ! I’m very ashamed of that! I’m sorry but I really don’t feel comfortable to encourage people to come to Rio at this moment!! Although it would be even worse for Rio economy to start loosing the tourists, I have to follow my heart and be honest. Rio is not a safe city at this moment!! That’s it!!

Trying to stop this violence wave, Authorities said that Police tactics is going to change and that “Operação Verão” (Summer Operation), when police patrol is intensified for Summer,will be anticipated to start this next weekend. ( Although we are officially in spring time, the weather is already feeling like summer).

Let’s see how things gone come out, as the weather forecast promises hot temperatures and sunny days for this next weekend.

Hoping to share with you more positive posts with you soon!

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Checking ArtRio 2015, the Rio Art Fair

Last friday afternoon I escaped a little bit from my routine to check this year’s edition of ArtRio, the international Art Fair of Rio de Janeiro. I’ve been visiting ArtRio since its first edition and had the opportunity to see how this event has been consolidated in the Art scene in Rio.  Visiting ArtRio is the only moment when I stop to see what is going on the contemporary Art scene and check for myself what different international galleries has to show.

It is a moment when I just take the opportunity to release my mind from any worries or thoughts and just appreciate the beauty of art.

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ArtRio always takes place in Rio in the first or second weekend of the month of September. If you are fond of arts and are planning to visit Rio, consider coming in the month of September.

ArtRio 2015 -September 10 to 13 – Pier Maua

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Tom Jobim Statue at Arpoador


Tom Jobim Statue at Arpoador sidewalk

Last december, a statue in the honor of Tom Jobim, the brazilian composer, famous for his bossa nova songs, like “Garota de Ipanema” (Girl from Ipanema) was inaugurated in Arpoador sidewalk.

The sculpture is in life-size and was crafted by the artist Christina Motta, the same artist who did the Brigitte Bardot statue in Búzios.

It is another nice point for pictures when visiting Arpoador beach!

Have a nice weekend!!!

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Museu da Imagem e do Som (Image and Sound Museum) at Copacabana

A couple of weeks later than my last post, I share with you a photo of the new building of Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) , Image and Sound Museum of Rio, on Avenida Atlântica, at Copacabana beach.

The new MIS building is still under construction and is supposed to be ready by June, 2016, but you can already see a little bit of its architecture and imagine how it is going to be when it is ready.

This new Image and Sound Museum is meant to be a contemporary museum and culture center hosting exhibitions to provide the visitors “a journey throughout the cultural history of Rio”.

The Museum is currently working in its old building in Lapa neighborhood, but that aren’t many events going on there. The Museum’s staff is focused in the preparation  of the Museum’s collection for the new Copacabana building.  So if you are in Rio right now, unfortunately you won’t be able to see the Museum’s collection for yourself, but if you got interested and curious about this Museum, check its website and Facebook page.

But if you are planning to come for the Olympic Games, maybe you should consider on your planning a quick visit to this Museum!!


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Feira Hippie de Ipanema, Ipanema Hippie Fair

Every time someone is visiting Quiqui, my big sister who lives in New York, she “places a little order” with us. A little list of Brazilian items, things that she can’t find there in New York and that we gently take her whenever visiting her.

This time, my Mom is the lucky one who will be spending some days in New York with her, but I was the one responsible for buying some items of her little list that can only be found in Feira Hippie de Ipanema.  Thank you Quiqui!!It was a great excuse to escape on a Sunday morning from my two boys (husband and kid) and go to this place full of beautiful and creative things!!

Feira  Hippie de Ipanema is a popular street market  between tourists and locals in Rio, where you can find different types of Brazilian crafts. Good quality leather goods, silver bijou  or crafts bijou, “Capim dourado” goods (Gold grass, a typical grass from the center part of Brazil), clothes, wood goods, paintings, children’s clothes, and so many things that I am not able to remember everything you can find there. The best part is that most of things sold there are of good quality and the prices are much more attractive and fair than from any other shop in the south zone of Rio. It is a great place to buy some typical carioca souveniers for friends, family or a little treat for yourself.

But if you wanna adventure yourself walking around and browsing through the stalls, be ware that the Hippie Fair only happens on Sundays, and you better plan your days considering spending a Sunday in Ipanema neighborhood.

Location: The hippie fair takes place at Praça General Osório, a square between Rua Prudente de Morais and Rua Visconde de Pirajá, the first and second streets parallel with beachfront Vieira Souto.  You can easily reach Praça General Osório by subway, as the Ipanema subway station, General Osório Station, takes you right to Praça General Osório.

Special tips:

  • Take cash! Although most of the stalls already accepts credit card,  some of them only accepts cash.
  • Don’t arrive too early in the morning!  Although the fair is supposed to work from 7am to 7 pm every Sunday, many of the vendors arrive later! To see all the stalls working you better go after 2pm.
  • The Hippie Fair is a street fair,  so don’t forget to take care of you personal belongings and follow all the safety tips I have already talked about here.
  • Enjoy your time!!!






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