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CAF encounters "Um Mundo Novo" (A New World)

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11 hours ago, Sir Rols said:

I've been wondering - can you get any TV coverage at "home base" that isn't in Portuguese? It was one of those things I worried about when I wondered if I would make it to Rio or not.

 

9 hours ago, thatsnotmypuppy said:

I'm guessing there must be an English option.  Beijing had CCTV9 which was in English (though horrible).  Or maybe his flat has cable?

I have cable TV here in the apartment - but all Olympic TV Channels are in the national language (like it was in London, the bad thing I don't understand Portuguese)...

But I can watch several American TV-Channels here in cable TV - which makes me a little bit feeling home (due I understand English)

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Yesterday I took a day "off" - I was too ambitious...

I have had two events per day generally and it is just too exhausting to leave "home" in the early morning to get to the venue and then stay the whole day in the cluster or leave the cluster to find a calm area to relax and go back to the venue or change the cluster to the second event...

I spend my day in my area of Ipanema - did some laundry - walking around outside (but not vey much) it is very warm here 27°C (for Central Europeans it is hot) and its very humid (78% humidity)...

For today 21°C is forecasted and I am glad about it - that is a normal Central European summer temperature - I wonder how the Cariocas are able to stand temperatures in their summer... In the streets you can see often people walking around in swim trunks (and their surfboard unter their arm) or the sand of the beach is still sticking at their legs and arms... It is brilliant to have city life and beach so close together...

I am tempted to buy a new camera today - mine was stolen the day before yesterday. I was just to incautious - I had it the bottom pocket of my shorts (in the heights of my knees). I can take photos with my iPhone anymore only - which is not good in the distance...

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I am sorry that you lost your camera CAF. Was not your fault but avoid to take a expensive camera or phone in your hands to Deodoro. Even with all the security I don't feel this region so safe as Barra or Copacabana. Take care.

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3 minutes ago, Bezzi said:

I am sorry that you lost your camera CAF. Was not your fault but avoid to take a expensive camera or phone in your hands to Deodoro. Even with all the security I don't feel this region so safe as Barra or Copacabana. Take care.

I got a lot more cautious, since my camera was robbed - maybe I little bit too cautious - I look always around and check if my belongings are still there...

But I had a great time at the Men's All Around Final in Artistic Gymnastics in the Barra Olympic Park - the queuing situation at the security and ticket check at the entrance of the Park is getting better and better...

I have even the impression that they are planting plants along the sides in the park - it was a very grey and rainy day here in Rio de Janeiro - I hope it become better tomorrow, since I will go to Deodoro again - tickets for Rugby Sevens Final...

No pics - my phone pics are too bad to upload here...

 

 

 

 

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lol wait how did your camera get stolen when it was in one of your pockets? Could it just have fallen out of your shorts?

I have a favorite pair of shorts that I wear a lot when I travel. They are cargo shorts and in the front on top of having the side pockets, it also has a pocket on the front near my waist that is a perfect fit for my point and shoot camera. I have also in the past put my cell phone in there and one of those anti-scan metallic wallets. Years ago before leaving for a trip to Spain I read the stories about the expert pickpocketers that hang around Las Ramblas in Barcelona and that's one of the reasons why I bought these shorts. I didn't use any of the back pockets and if I had to put some secure things in my pocket I would either put it on that extra pocket on the shorts or I would put them in the zip portion of my bottom pockets of my shorts. That way I would hear if they were going to open it up.

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3 minutes ago, LatinXTC said:

lol wait how did your camera get stolen when it was in one of your pockets? Could it just have fallen out of your shorts?

I have a favorite pair of shorts that I wear a lot when I travel. They are cargo shorts and in the front on top of having the side pockets, it also has a pocket on the front near my waist that is a perfect fit for my point and shoot camera.

It is such a "cargo shorts" - I had my camera in the pocket, which is on the side (close to the knees) - I can't imagine that the camera fell out... It would have been the first time ever - I have my camera there all the time...

@Bezzi

do you know if in Leblon Shopping is a shop, where you can buy Digital Cameras? If not, do you know, where I can buy one? I miss my camera

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There is a samsung store in the first floor but i am not sure if they sell cameras. 

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I was at the Tourist Police station here in Leblon to report the robbery of my camera - the people were very kind and helpful...

It is a pity but I doubt that the thief will be ever found in such a big city - a replacement is difficult, since I haven't found a good camera shop so far.

In Leblon Shopping they have just two camera to choose - and they didn't fit my imagination.

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Yesterday I was at Cycling Track and saw two world records - from from PR China and one from the UK - and a Bronze Medal by Germany

Cycling Track is amazing - it is a pity that I don't have a good camera anymore - the photos of cell phones are too blurred in the distance. It is hard to find a camera shop here, since electronic is very expensive here. When you find a camera it is ridiculous expensive...

Today I witnessed the first Gold Medal for Germany in my presence here in Rio - I think i saw in London two Gold medals...

 

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How is the atmosphere in the streets CAF? Are people decorating their houses with flags and stuff, like we saw in London? Do you get the sense the local people are excited and enjoying themselves? We've just been wondering from afar how the spirit is for the local people.

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1 hour ago, Sir Rols said:

How is the atmosphere in the streets CAF? Are people decorating their houses with flags and stuff, like we saw in London? Do you get the sense the local people are excited and enjoying themselves? We've just been wondering from afar how the spirit is for the local people.

Yes, they do, but of course with their means - it's hard to compare "London 2012" and "Rio de Janeiro 2016" - the Olympic Games are totally different here. We have to accept that fact, that South America is different - and they do things just difference! And that is fine!

And there are great artists here - look this:

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Thanks!:)

That's a bit more reassuring CAF. If you get a chance, it would be great to see some pics of home mad celebrations on the streets and how the locals are decking out their houses and shops. That;s what you don;t get to see on the TV broadcasts.

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Oh, and another question (sorry ;))

Are there any live zones around the city, on the beaches etc where locals are gathering to watch the games in a party atmosphere? What's the vibe like at those (if they're there)?

Hope I'm not putting too many demands on you. I'll refrain from asking if you have any spare pins :P. Hope you do manage to find a new camera - surprised Yu can't find cheap disposables even in the tourist shops.

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Just now, Sir Rols said:

Oh, and another question (sorry ;))

Are there any live zones around the city, on the beaches etc where locals are gathering to watch the games in a party atmosphere? What's the vibe like at those (if they're there)?

Hope I'm not putting too many demands on you. I'll refrain from asking if you have any spare pins :P. Hope you do manage to find a new camera - surprised Yu can't find cheap disposables even in the tourist shops.

There is an Olympic Boulevard at the coastline in Centro, where is a live zone also - you see everywhere people in "brazilian"colours walking around and visitors from all over the world.

Shops are decorated with some "strange" Olympic decorations (in regard of colour of rings and ring order) - well, you can find people everywhere who don't know the Olympic Rings...


 

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I haven't seen decked out homes... A handful with Brazilian flags. What you do see is a huge number of people wearing the nation soccer teams jersey. Yellow (and alternate blue) 

The official live sites are the Olympic Boulevards, including the main one in the renovated port area. Ten to five teen years from now I think those renovations will be the best way to judge the success (or not) if the games from an urban planning standpoint.

Much of what feels missing from Olympic Park is in the downtown OB. I suspect there was a change plans after the OP was designed. The great news is all of Rio has acres to the fun. The bad news is Olympic park has vast near-empty spaces. There are 50 food trucks serving everything and anything you could want to eat at the OB. There are a small number of crap food stands (that run out of food, which is their whole point) in Olympic Park.

 

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On August 8, 2016 at 8:54 PM, thatsnotmypuppy said:

I'm guessing there must be an English option.  Beijing had CCTV9 which was in English (though horrible).  Or maybe his flat has cable?

Yep, 4,000 hours of Olympic ping pong coverage in Wnglish.

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I saw yesterday Volleyball - JPN vs ARG and BRA vs. RUS! The atmosphere in Maracanãzinho was really amazing - both matches were very good, but the match BRA vs. RUS was one of the best Volleyball matches I ever have seen so far...  

I had Beach Volleyball tickets today, but we had really bad rain falls therefore I decided to stay at home - I heard later that there were some problems at the Megatore at Copacabana Beach, due the bad weather...

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2 hours ago, Daze said:

Everything ok with you CAF? You're so quiet lately. 

I am o.k. - I had some nice days here, but I am not used to the heat or better said the humidity - the sweat is running down the spine (even when you do nothing...)

I got a sore throat and I am "suffering" - the air con is nice, but can have bad effects also...

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