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DannyelBrazil

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  1. Thank you for years of Olympic discussions, for the good or evil. See you guys soon!

    1. Rob.

      Rob.

      Saw your post in the other thread. Hope you come back for the Games, but if not, hope everything works out for you as best it can.

    2. Sir Rols

      Sir Rols

      I'll second Rob on that and also add I hope the Rio games brings you, and other "old-timers" back to the GBids fold this August.

    3. Olympic Fan Darcy

      Olympic Fan Darcy

      Sad to see you go, hope your wife is doing better. Hope to see you back during Rio. The forums just aren't the same anymore.

  2. My two cents: Sick of both sides... Disappointed with endemic corruption of all parties, all sides... Really tired of arguments to show "I'm right" for nothing... That's probably my last post in the forums (been away for 5 months already due skin cancer of my wife and somehow all internet argumentative fights became so stupid and useless). Anyway. It was a pleasure! Hope you guys enjoy the games in Rio! Aquele abraço.
  3. Sorry for the late reply. Deodoro is a lower middle class area of Rio, nothing to do around the cluster, it's a residential area. It's not a risky area, but also not somewhere to visit if you have nothing to do there. Yes, there were/are some drug-related crimes in the area, since it's far from wealthy neighbourhood and drug lords can use far away zones as hidden spots, but, during the games, there will be tens of thousands of police and military in Rio, so nothing to care about during the games time.
  4. Not huge fan of tennis, but it seems the space is similar to big arenas around the planet...
  5. Already pointed before in this same thread that Meirelles and Waddington commited mistake (or decided to appear as concerned citizens in the middle of a economic downturn) by saying the values and the ceremonies will cost 10% less than London's ceremonies 4 years ago. The former "João Havelange" and now Nilton Santos Stadium or simply Engenhão as it is known in Rio could not use the roof for the structure as much as Maracanã - This is the biggest problem about the ceremonies in the "outdated" stadium...
  6. Not in cities, but in the countryside, yes, dozens of spiders, not sure which ones were poisonous or not... lol I'm not a huge fan too. I spent my carnaval holiday in a state park this year and I saw tons of insects and weird animals... Gosh, it was terrible.
  7. I just said generalisms are dumb. Don't put all the middle class in the same box. About ideologies and protests, yes, President Dilma will be booed in the Opening Ceremony, and thankfully, people are free to boo their politicians if they want...
  8. Yes, just leave in General Osório station at General Osorio Square and walk some block until your place. Enjoy your stay in Rio! Looking at Skyscrapercity, the works are at full steam. LRT is fine, will be ready easily. The subway line makes me affraid. The deadline is so tight.
  9. Without traffic about 1 hour/1 1/2 hour... With traffic, the sky is the limit. But things will change during the Olympics, since you will have the option to leave the airport, take the LRT to Subway's Cinelândia station and from there, take the subway to Barra/Jardim Oceânico station and then BRT to Alvorada Terminal and another BRT to Olympic Park. I think you will spend about 1 1/2 hour to get there. Not sure yet, because part of the subway, part of BRT and the LRT are under construction yet. Public transportation will be the best bet during the games.
  10. Coelho for sure won't be mentioned. Our classic literature has to do with Machado de Assis, Guimarães Rosa and others... Coelho is seen as too commercial and empty around the intelectuals here in Brazil.
  11. Nacre, while most of main American cities are small downtowns rounded by huge suburban areas (it seems Australia have a lot of suburbs American style too). Main Brazilian cities are like downtown districts everywhere with tons of buildings and avenues and not much big green areas. That's why most of urban population of Brazil never saw a snake or a monkey in the streets... This is just another Hollywood Stereotype... I never saw a monkey or a snake in the streets of Rio or Sao Paulo or Santos (where I live now) and know nobody that saw them anytime inside the city... Sao Paulo Curitiba Belo Horizonte Santos
  12. BTW, the moment is so crazy that dollar exchange got 4.24 reals at noon and closed as 3.99... Real got strong 25 centavos in just half day...
  13. Economy is so cyclical and so rollercoaster in Brazil... I just remember 2002-2003 and 2008-2009 in Brazil. It was the apocalypse at that time... Two years later, Brazil was great again and now apocalypse again... And here we go... (Same is valid for Mexico, does anyone remember the Tequila Effect in the late 90s? - Just imagine Trump winning the elections... Adiós Mexico and NAFTA).
  14. Not only this, in the middle of the biggest economic crisis in Brazil for the last 20 years, anyone saying "I'll expend a lot of money" will be attacked on the media. Meirelles and Waddington just said what the public wants to hear: "we are doing nice things but not wasting money"...
  15. According to UOL investigative reporters, Rio 2016 ceremonies actually will cost about 10% more than London. Most of the money in Rio ceremonies is private. http://rodrigomattos.blogosfera.uol.com.br/2015/09/23/rio-2016-estima-gasto-de-quase-r-200-mi-em-abertura-mais-do-que-londres/ The cost of the Rio's Opening Ceremony budget is inscreasing and got already R$ 190 million (around US$ 50 million in today's exchange). London's OC costed 27 million pounds (R$ 170 million in melted Real exchange).
  16. Nissan does not produce buses and trucks in South America. Makes sense.
  17. ^^Santos Dumont Airport is a small airport almost inside Downtown Rio that does not work 24/7 due residential areas nearby and also does not have ILS due the Sugar Loaf mountain, which means, the airport closes everytime Rio have foggy mornings (very often in Summer, for example)... And as pointed, the airport was closed before for event like all Popes visits to Rio or Red Bull Air Races or World Cup Qualifiers Draw... It's common. Santos Dumont Airport is more a convenient way for executives to fly to Sao Paulo in air-shuttle service or nearest state capitals than actually a main hub for the city... Still, the landscape of this airport is amazing.
  18. Those buses are circa 2007, the buses in mains lines of Rio now are more like this: and suburban areas
  19. During the PanAms, Rio city hall used city buses with stickers to transport athletes and media... Rio have one of the biggest bus fleets in the world (in the 1990s, it was the second biggest only behind Sao Paulo, and the biggest bus per capita in the whole planet)
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