Olympic City

A little update from the last weeks

Yes it has been more than 3 weeks since my last post. I’ve been really busy taking care of family and involved in a new project. I feel so bad for being away for such a long time, but at the same time I wanted to write a new post, I felt it was still difficult to talk about Rio in a positive way. Of course things are not bad all the time! We have good days, we have bad days, and life goes on.

In those last weeks I had been offline, Rio hosted some of the first Olympics Test Events.

We had test events for Triathlon, Rowing, Equestrian, Sailing, Road Cycling and the Marathon Swimming this past weekend. I was able to follow the Triathlon event, the Olympic and Paralympic competitions, and it was really exciting to  watch closely all those high level athletes competing in the beautiful scenario of Copacabana beach. There was a strong security scheme and everything went on peacefully.

Public security is definitely the big issue that still needs to be figured out to turn Rio into an Olympic City. As far as I have seen by those test events, while the neighborhoods which hosted the test events were very well patrolled by police, other neighborhoods were completely abandoned.  And sometimes not even the security scheme for the test event could avoid some incidents, like the one that happened during the Road Cycling Olympic test event, when Rio City Hall’s media team had their equipment robbed while covering the event.

I don’t doubt that there will be a very strong Security scheme for Rio Olympic Games! I even read that Rio Olympics will have more than twice the number of security personnel than London had in 2012 . But  I’m still worried if we are going to be able to guarantee safety not only for the athletes but also for the tourists and of course for Rio citizens.

Well, enough of talking about Rio concerns.

I share with you some of the photos I took while watching the Triathlon event.

Hope you like them!

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Our experience in the Semifinals of Volleyball World League in Maracanãzinho

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We are starting to breathe a lot of sports here in Rio. While waiting for the results of the lottery process to get tickets for the Olympic Games,  we bought the tickets to attend the semifinals games of the FIVB World League as soon as we knew that Rio would host the final phase of the competition, hoping to watch Brazil national team arrive in the Final Game.

Unfortunately, Brazil didn’t classified and was eliminated in the previous phase of the competition and the games we watched were Serbia x USA and France x Poland.

For those who are not familiar with Maracanãzinho or “Little Maracanã”, it is a multi-use arena, used mostly for volleyball events, located inside Maracanã Complex, which will be the official Volleyball arena during the Olympic Games. For World League games, the entrance to Maracanãzinho was the one just next to Bellini Statue, one of the most popular entrances of Maracanã Stadium in Avenida Maracanã.

Although we could have gone to Maracanãzinho by subway, which is in my opinion the best public transport and easier way to reach Maracanãzinho or Maracanã Stadium, we decided to go by car to simplify our logistics for the other appointments we had later that day. This is something that I wouldn’t recommend to do if you are going to Maracanã for a soccer game, as you probably will reach a lot of traffic and will find many difficulties to find a place to park your car. Anyway, we had the opportunity to park the car in my husband’s friends house, so we didn’t have to worry about it.

Talking about the game, we had a lot of fun!  USA was one of the responsible for Brazil’s elimination in the competition and the whole Brazilian audience was supporting Serbia team, including me and my husband. Well, the only exception was my little boy! He was one of the few supporters who were on the side of the USA team that day. He sang “Go USA” and screamed “Ace, ace, ace” when USA was the serving team.  He definitely wasn’t embarrassed for being one of the few supporters for USA, he was just being loyal to his two american cousins.

But all my son excitement about USA team wasn’t enough to make them beat Serbia. Serbia won and the crowd got happy! Serbia had conquered Brazilians that day.

In the second game, Poland x France, the audience was on Polland’s side (this time my son decided to support the team that the majority of the crowd was supporting, and I don’t blame him for that). As Brazil wasn’t any longer in the competition, everyone supported the weaker team, Poland. But it wasn’t enough to make them beat the strong France team.

We watched two great games and had an awesome experience! Feeling a little bit of the atmosphere of a sports event like that made us dream about how things gone be during the Olympic Games and pray to get as many tickets as possible for the Olympics.

For tips of how reaching Maracanã complex by subway check here.

 

 

Tasting a little bit of Adventure in Rio

IMG_4005 IMG_1325 IMG_0688Well, adventure doesn’t fit too much my lifestyle nowadays, as being a full-time mom is my priority in the moment. But I still believe that I can add a little bit of adventure in my daily life.

I live in Rio, a city totally oriented for sports and adventure. Beaches, nature, mountains and parks all over the the city makes Rio the perfect location to practice all kind of sports.  Surfing, Body boarding, windsurf, kite surf, beach volley, footvolley, running, cycling, hang gliding, hiking, rock climbing,diving, and much more, just to list some of the sports you can easily practice in Rio, if you feel in the mood for that.

Maybe a little bit of adventure will be on my bucket list for 2015, but meanwhile I keep just following some Instagram profiles that gives me the extra dose of adventure in my life.

So, if you are planning to visit Rio and want to try a more extreme experience, check those profiles on Instagram to taste a little bit of the adventures Rio has to offer: @desbravandorio , @nattripecoturismo , @standuppaddlerj, @rioxtreme

Have a nice day!

Rio Half Marathon, Meia Maratona do Rio

IMG_1197 IMG_1195 IMG_1202In Rio, it seems that everyone has an inclination for sports. Yesterday, besides the “Rei e Rainha do Mar” swimming race, another huge sports event took place in Rio de Janeiro’s south zone, the Rio Half Marathon, “Meia Maratona do Rio”.

Amateurs and professional athletes, of all ages, joined the 21 k race, in this sunny and beautiful sunday.

Watching all those people running yesterday inspired me to go back to my running training routine.  After not exercising at all for almost two months, for different reasons, and after gaining 3 extra kilos, I will have a lot of work to make up for the lost time.

Have a nice week everyone!