22 June, 2021

Rio De Janeiro Diary

This is the year of Brazil. The football World Cup is happening in June-July, followed by the BRICS summit.

Rio De Janeiro Diary

Senna in the Year of Football

You don’t need an excuse to party in Rio. On the city’s silvery beaches and countless botecos (street bars), the locals—known as Cariocas—always find a reason to drink and dance. And during the Carnival, partying is a full-time job. It began a bit late this year. The days were balmy, but the evenings were cool. The whole city—six million residents and one million tourists—looked high on booze. At every corner, a few pairs of feet were moving to samba beats. But the real show was in the Sambodrome, the avenue where the famous parade takes place. It was packed with 80,000 people, mostly foreign tourists, some of whom expected it to be a topless show. But it’s a serious business for thousands of poor people who toil hard make it a success. The parade is actually a...

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