Tag Archives: Brazil

Glauco Brasil

Glauco makes leather maps and designs. My mom bought a large map, so I picked it up at their house in Cabo Frio and had lunch with him and his wife. He also built his own house near the beach in Cabo Frio. You should buy a map from him just to hang out in Cabo Frio…

Where you can find him: the “Hippie Fair” every Sunday in Rio de Janeiro by the mêtro station General Osorio.

 

One Week of Olympics

Thursday, 4th

Walked out of a piano show in Ipanema to see the torch go by on its final day.

Friday, 5th

Watched opening ceremony at Holland Heineken House. Olympics under way in good fashion. Brazilians breathe sigh of relief.

Saturday, 6th

Men’s Field Hockey with a group of five Irish girls who just arrived from a five-month tour of South America. Field hockey can remain a women’s sport in America as far as I’m concerned.

Our field hockey crew!

Sunday, 7th

Table tennis. Watched Brazilian hopeful, Hugo Calderano, win his match. Obviously the home favorite. Had given two extra tickets Brazilian couple in line, they got to see also before attending their boxing ticket. Watched Japan player beat Segun Toriola of Nigeria. Segun was clearly having more fun in his 4-2 loss than the other players. Crowd favorite. Turns out he’s the first African to compete in seven Olympic games. He debuted in Barcelona. He has never medalled. Brazilians take selfies with him after the game.

Basketball. Watched Pau Gasol (weak) have his game-tying shot swatted at the buzzer for a Croatia upset. Priceless.

Swimming. ~3 WRs, Brit dominated breaststroke, Katie Ledecky dominated 400 free, Michael Phelps wins gold with 4×100 relay. He’s medalled before.

Monday, 8th

Skipped super-early water polo tickets.

Watched two sessions of beach volleyball in awesome venue on Copacabana beach, including a Brazil match and two of USA. Final match was USA women beat China.

Tuesday, 9th

Learned that rugby sevens is a cool sport. Man sport. For men built like running fire hydrants. Japan won it’s first rugby match ever upsetting New Zealand. USA lost a heart-breaker. Took a selfie with Nate Ebner’s (NE Patriot from Dublin, OH) mom. Unfortunately Matthew McConaughey was there, but his Brazilian wife looks OK.

Selfie with Nate Ebner’s mom.

Rugby Sevens

Like a full-field wrestling match cross fumble pileup cross last-chance kickoff laterals. Literally 20 minutes for an entire game. How can that be? Because they’re wrestling and running at the same time and they play 2 or 3 games per day in tournaments.

Injury = power play. There was a guy laying on his back holding his face and kicking the ground with his foot. Once play stopped, they brought the meds out, but his own players weren’t even paying attention. It looked like they were gonna rope off the area and play around him.

Wednesday, 10th

My friend departed for the states the night before. Took the day off.

Most we paid for tickets:

Beach volleyball $60

Swimming $40. Yes, $40

Others less, as low as $13

Boas Frases Portuguesas

Nunca é tarde para se aprender.

A esperança é a ultima que morre.

Um dia da caça, outro do caçador.

Nunca é tarde para ser feliz.

Em terra de cena, quem tem olho rei.

Devagar se vai ao longe.

Quem com ferro fere, com ferro será ferido.

Uma landro é o gato.

Onde há vida, há esperança.

O que guarda a sua boca e a sua língua guarda a sua alma das angústias.

Peço a Deus vida e saude para os meus inimigos, para que assistam de pé a minha vitoria.

Deus em mim é mais poderosa que qualquer coisa que eu posso enfrentar.

Orai e vigiai.

Buying 2016 Rio Olympics Tickets

If you weren’t actively planning your Rio 2016 Olympics trip in the spring of 2015, you must buy your tickets second-hand. I just spent several hours researching the process and here is what I found:

Options:

https://www.cosport.com/ is the official vendor for the US. They have been the vendor for the Olympics since Sydney 2000. The tickets are mostly sold out, but they do have some available. There was a lottery that started in spring of 2015 and ended in the summer of 2015.

E-Bay. Folks in the states are receiving their tickets this summer (2016) from the lottery and some are selling them on E-Bay. I do not believe that the tickets are attached to an individual and require ID. I am looking for more verification on this.

This doesn’t help much, but at least you can direct your search.

Informative Articles

Forbes: Rio 2016: How To Plan A Trip To The Next Summer Olympics (written May 2015)

Nick Huggin’s Travel Blog (written April 2015)

Scams to Avoid:

www.tickets4summergames.com/ appears to be a scam. I’m not chancing it. There are other scams out there. There is a reddit post about it here, as well as this BBC article.

Esportes e as Artes

Eu acredito que nós devemos fazer um balanço na vida. Sem dúvida é importante ganhar dinheiro, ser responsável e trabalhar bem na sua profissão. Mas praticar esportes e as artes também são importantes. Se uma pessoa somente trabalha e só pensa em ganhar dinheiro, o que vai ela fazer depois de ganhar o suficiente? Se a pessoa só sabe trabalhar, vai continuar apenas trabalhando. Nunca será o suficiente.

Estou buscando balancear a minha vida. Já trabalhei muito. Agora vou aprender a tocar instrumentos musicais, porque gosto de música.

Uma observação: a música do Brasil é vem do povo. Todos as classes sociais conhecem e participam. É diferente dos Estados Unidos. Temos muitos tipos de música lá, mas é separado classe social. É mais como um “produto” que a população compra. Todos devemos participar. Eu quero participar e vou participar da música!

Por isso, estou tomando aulas de piano enquanto estiver aqui no Rio de Janeiro.

Trabalhar para comer, não comer para trabalhar.

Acabamos a Aula de TEFL

Eu não escrevi desde a aula de TEFL começou. A aula de TEFL foi boa porque agora já tenho experiênçie reales. Não quero dar aulas pelo internet, nem ter aulas da internet. É possível, mas não quero. Havia uma outra aluna de TEFL na minha sala, Graeme. Nós acabamos na sexta-feira, e celebramos em Botafogo, sexta à noite.

Depois da aula, mudei para outro apartamento. Gosto da familia que me hospedou. Eles me ajudaram muito, e agora tenho amigos novos. Vou voltar!

Gosto do Rio de Janeiro. É uma cidade com vida. Gosto de samba. Antes de chegar aqui, pensava que o samba era uma dança muito rápida. Mas, não é apena rápida, pode ser lenta também. É similar ao jazz, e boa para dançar.

Não gosto do café do Brasil. Desculpe, mas o café é muito pequeno aqui. Sim, o café é forte, mas gosto de saborear sem pressa. Gosto do café Americano, com um pouco de leite!

Ontem, eu participei da manifestação. A gente de todo o mundo precisa de bons líderes!