Friday, December 30, 2011

Recreio `balsa`

I´m still getting used to it, but now we either have to endure a 20 min walk to go to the beach under the tropical sun or take the boat though the lakes to get to the shore. Relaxing and perfect for kids - and the boys are always looking for alligators... i still havent seen one yet, but i´ll show you if i do...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clean is not on the eyes of the beholder

Recreio beach yesterday, the closest beach to our apartment now, was actually the only beach considered not polluted in the area. Still, the algae gave a not very welcoming impression... I didn´t get in the water but our boys didn´t seem to care. The beach was still crowded though. I haven´t been to that many beaches around the world since I prefer to stay in the cities for I grew up near the beach and always want to see something different when i travel, but was thinking during my stroll how this is a carioca experience... It´s not for the blue waters, it´s not for the sun, beach is a carioca thing since it´s about the joy of being together...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Still wishing we had more flags around the city..

For years I´ve seen this volleyball court with the flag announcing a ìt´s-too-hot-to-practice-now`break....

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ipanema beach´s gym for all is back!

I was very excited to see that the beach gym is back! Why did it take so long!! It is still in the are which is the `showcase of Rio`, although i have personal issues with highly touristsy stuff i also would like to think all of Rio is like this... some 10 yrs ago the gym was here for a summer, and i was there often not only because i was megabroke but also because is there a better incentive to workout than this amazing view?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Not 130 degrees!:)

But it feels like that!:)

@ Ipanema Beach, around posto 10

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Rio 2016 Countdown

The cow parade´s excitement for the upcoming Olympics... @ Ipanema Beach, posto 9

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A carioca thing

It´s useless... Every time i come to Ipanema i promise to myself i won´t spend too much money... But our beach towels (`cangas`) only get cuter and cuter... I´ve got the 3rd and 6th from the bottom, and i am about to get the 2 first ones from the bottom... Ok what a useless post:)

btw they are 20 reais - around 10 dollars...

Friday, December 23, 2011

Solar power

It is with great joy that i found this solar powered shower at Ipanema Beach. As a citizen, and environmentally conscious and passionate engineer, and a just-about-everything-enthusiast, i was thrilled to see we have these now... They haven´t been around for long, and even if the efficiency of photovoltaics is still around 10-15%¨, we have enough sun to power many! The weather we had this week is living proof:)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Portuguese Pavement

Living in Rio it´s easy to ignore the beauty of these pavements... It´s just there, it has always been there, we don´t consider its true expression of art, and highly useful art... This one is the landmark of Ipanema, taken yesterday at Av. Vieira Souto...
They can also be found in Portugal and Macau, our Chinese `brothers`:) thanks, wikipedia!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My California..

I was already losing hope that yesterday would be a cloudy day only and i wouldn´t see the amazing Ipanema sunset... I was waiting for the bus and when i realized the sun was there to say hello to me and in an awesome way... i ran from the bus stop to take these pics... and no i didn´t miss the bus:)

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Leme Beach Series, Part 8 - Leme kiosk

Much improvement has been done to Rio's kiosks lately... Go Rio 2016!:)

Leme Beach Series, Part 7 - Night Stroll

Enjoying the weather and the crowd near Leme's station #1...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Leme Beach Series, Part 6 - Churros

"A churro, sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, is a fried-dough pastry-based snack, sometimes made from potato dough, that originated in Spain. Churros are also popular in Latin AmericaFrancePortugalMorocco, the United StatesAustralia, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands." (From Wikipedia)

This was all news to me. I had no idea it originated in Spain, all i know is that for years it smelled like end of class snack after high school, while waiting for my granddad to pick me up... Sometimes while watching the frequent summer rains in Rio, or watching the other kids play with never ending energy, it was my constant companion during my childhood.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Leme Beach Series, Part 5 - Work it out...

"Gym  for all" near Leme Stone...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Leme Beach Series - Part 4

My Rio de Janeiro,
By Paulo Coelho
“It is hard for a man to make any city worthy of such surroundings as nature has given to Rio.”—James Bryce.
Rio is a city where people live within their own limits, afraid of street violence, but not afraid of singing in the streets. Where the smooth sea pats the rugged mountain to show that life, like nature, is full of contrasts. A city where the sidewalks on its main beach are made of black and white stones, of darkness and light. A city where men and women come in all colors and in all creeds, and never argue because of that—but are constantly killing each other for worthless things, like the best samba song or the best soccer team. A city where 11.5 million people can dwell on top of each other, and the extreme poverty exists side by side with the most ostentatious wealth, and it is all part of daily life. A city able to teach each of its citizens the importance of one of William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell: "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." A city where midway points do not exist, where forests are found downtown, and high rises are in the suburbs. A city with love and hatred. Where mayors come and go and are not able to destroy the city, no matter how hard they try. A city where the glory of the past is today’s madness and also the hope for the future.
A city where the real quality of life lies in the fact that it is difficult, tense, harsh, funny, crazy, unbearable, unforgettable. A city that can be called a city, politically incorrect and deliciously treacherous. A city where sea waves create one of its limits, and the mountains take charge of spreading its structures along the coast as a line, because it simply refuses to grow in the boring circular way of all other cities.
If you find another city with all of this, please let me know. But I know only the city of Rio de Janeiro, and that’s the reason why, for the moment, I will stay here.
Rio. The real thing.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Leme Beach Series - Especially for Jimmy!

To Jimmy and all who love my city as much as I do: This is a sunset sequence in a wonderfully lazy Sunday afternoon, in the area between Copacabana and Leme, heading to Leme Stone. I was alone that day, but, still, I wasn't lonely. I never felt lonely here...

See you all tomorrow;)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Leme Beach series, Part 1 - Leme Beach and me

I will start a series of pics about Leme Beach, since this is where I have always felt at home...
Here I am, watching an amazing sunset....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Carioca Classics, Parts 2 and 3: Brigadeiro and Guarana...

We were at this kid's party the other day where I could indulge myself on the Brazilian national soda, guarana (tastes like ginger ale/cherry, i think), and the wonderful chocolate snack...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Just like the ones I have at home...

My nephew watching airplanes depart @ Rio International Airport.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Always so good to return home...

Forests, forests, forests, plains, swamps, mountains, then finally... Rio:)

By the way, I love them all...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Please, sun, come back...

Cariocas do not like cloudy days... nor rainy days... But I can enjoy the trendy Ipanema beach in any kind of weather...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro

Municipal Theater, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, built in 1909, downtown Rio. Today it is home to the Petrobras and the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestras. I have never been there, but hopefully someday...
PS: Sorry, the pic is not all that great, but I was inside the bus, and when you're in downtown Rio, you don't want to miss your bus... neither a good shot:)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Wishing we had more flags around the city...

First pic:  Aterro do Flamengo , Second: Leme (@ Princesa Isabel and Atlantica Avenue)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Keep it up

Lone jogger on Barra beach, around 6 pm...

Monday, March 07, 2011

Countdown to Rock in Rio 4...

Rock in Rio 4 will be held on September 23rd, 24th, 25th and 30th, and October 1-2nd, 2011,

bands confirmed so far: Angra, Capital Inicial, Claudia Leitte, Coheed and Cambria, Coldplay, Elton John, Katy Perry, Metallica, Motorhead, NX Zero, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna, Sepultura, Skank, Slipknot, Snow Patrol, Stone Sour.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Cangas, anyone?

These men work hard, under the 40C (100F) sun... selling the very carioca "cangas", very light beach towels. (Pic taken at Leme Beach) I'm sure they're sold everywhere in the world, but can you beat the price? 15 reais, around 10 dollars for the towels and 30 reais, around 17 dollars for the dresses...
Of course i "had" to buy the dress... I bought the first one, right there:)

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Carioca classics, Part I - Acai and coxinha

For those who never tasted it, I know, I know... Acai doesn't look very appealing... But those who have tried it know what I'm talking about... I love this thing!! Acai is a northern Brazilian fruit that became very popular on the 90's as an energy drink... it's very popular, from the gym-goers to the trivial cariocas... The coxinha, "little chicken thigh" is a non-greasy shredded chicken snack...
Give them a try one day and you'll know what I'm talking about...