World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

The always-changing Santa Teresa mural

FIFA Fan Fest

Fan fest entrance
Fan fest entrance
Hairy arms
Hairy arms
Neymar & Oscar
Neymar & Oscar
Football is a religion
Football is a religion
money making armadillos
money making armadillos

Armadillo tree
Armadillo tree

From the streets of Rio

Street decoration in Copacabana
Street decoration in Copacabana
Brazil colors street planters
Brazil colors street planters
Someone has problems in choosing?
Someone has problems in choosing?
A friendly encounter
A friendly encounter
Seems like a long journey..
Seems like a long journey..
Everyone is using World Cup to get some air time.
Everyone is using World Cup to get some air time.
Surrealism in Ipanema
Surrealism in Ipanema
Bakers Cafe
Bakers Cafe
World Cup Kit Kat @ Bakers Cafe
World Cup Kit Kat @ Bakers Cafe

Visions Exhibition at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

A promising Dali exhibition turned out to be a bust but then we ran into something more interesting.

Ludwig Visions Collection

Cleopatra Claudia Schieffer
Cleopatra Claudia Schieffer
Powerful women...
Powerful women…
Breasts on a Plate
Breasts on a Plate
Adam's Three Selves
Adam’s Three Selves
Child at heart
Child at heart
Nostalgia of the Soviet Union?
Nostalgia of the Soviet Union?

Rio preparing for the World Cup

The preparations for the World Cup on the side of the local population have been going on quite slowly as the public has been somewhat overwhelmed by the slew of negative press both from the local and the global media outlets.

After tons of repetitive negative articles outlining everything that is wrong and could go wrong with Brazil (infrastructure, corruption, crime, dangue epidemic – none of which are anything new, by the way), I’m seeing now a few positive articles / blogs popping out. I suppose that being the bearer of bad (not)news got old.

Of course, commercial efforts are at full speed and every TV commercial is building on World Cup momentum and national pride ranging from the utterly retarded (Gas station Ipiranga welcoming gringos ) to the somewhat cool (TAM Airlines brings the national team back to Brazil). Coca Cola has been decorating public transportation.

But now I’ve finally started seeing neighborhoods starting to decorate as well.

9 more days to the start point

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