Record levels of the Real against the US Dollar and the Pound… That’s nice isn’t it! If you are a tourist coming here. For a Brazilian, it is making going to the US or Europe extremely expensive. Indeed I understand that flights to the US are being cut back as Brazilian passengers are thinning out. There are however some excellent deals on flights right now to the US – I saw a return to JFK from Rio for just $350 USD the other day on AA.
Today we are trading above R$4 to the USD, and R$6 to the GBP…
And in other good news… This weekend there was a lot of trouble and violence in Zona Sul. On Sunday and Monday there was a series of muggings and attacks around the beaches in Copacabana, Arpoador and Ipanema. There was a major arrastão on Sunday, and a series of different incidents on Monday, stretching as far as Botafogo and Humaita, rather than the normal tourist heavy hotspots…
On Sunday we were out having lunch near Praça General Osorio, and were told to be careful leaving as there was a big fight going on just a few meters away on the beach. Needless to say, we went the other way.
What’s happening?! Yes, it was a nice weekend, but there are plenty of those… 2015 has seen more arrastãos in a month sometimes than I heard of for the whole of 2014. Maybe I just pay more attention now, but for sure they have increased. For those not familiar, an arrastão is where a load of kids/guys storm through somewhere, mugging everything they can… And unfortunately it seems to be becoming a regular occurrence on the beaches in Zona Sul.
It was never the safest place in the world, but for me I see so many things going down hill….
However, on the plus side, I now live only a few tens of metres away from a new branch of Guerin, one of the best bakeries in Rio for french style breads. Having said that, I actually think the croissants in Zona Sul have been better lately!! Heresy some might say, but from arriving and finding all bread was terrible, it has improved a lot… just not that cheap, unless I think in pounds now… then things do start to seem cheap here now at R$6…. My mind moved from a divide by 3, settled on a nice divide by 4 technique in 2014, and slowly pushed to divide by 5… now I have to keep learning… maybe I need to refresh my 7 times table for when I need to know that, and at the rate it is going, it might even be by the end of the year!
So this weekend and through till Wednesday is Carnaval in Rio! And the last couple of weeks before that have had lots of blocos or street parties going on.
I think I could probably say I’ve been pretty quiet with what I’ve done and gone to, in comparison to what I could have done! Saving it for next year when I’m living in Ipanema!! The best one was probably on Friday night, but didn’t take a camera with me so no pictures from that one unfortunately:(
But nonetheless, still had plenty of fun going out a few times over the last week and a half!
And here’s some pictures to liven up my text heavy blog!
I guess the week ahead is kind of exciting…
Monday morning go to get RNE and also a SINCRE (a piece of paper that I might need to get my CTPS apparently). A CTPS is a new one I only found out about the other week… It’s like a passport for jobs… Every job you have you get a little stamp in it from what I understand, and a necessary thing to have to be able to start a job here.
Tuesday morning, apartment hunting!! Going to see quite a few over the course of the day. So maybe, with some luck and fortune, this time next week I will be in the process of signing and agreeing all the necessaries to be able to rent and move in to somewhere.
Then, once I have the signed contract I should be able to go and open a bank account it seems…
And as I got told off for not posting any pictures lately, here’s some of Copacabana from a night out last weekend on a roof top bar.