What Rio Doesn’t Want the World to See or Know

The 2016 Olympics has been both a blessing and a curse for the people of Brazil. Can you imagine, suffering the pangs of poverty and your government spends millions, and millions of dollars (Brazilian Reals R$)to ensure that you are kept out of sight – hidden behind walls? This is real folks. The video will explain much of what the people of Rio are experiencing. It is just over 8 minutes long. Take time to view it because the world is being coerced into NOT knowing what is really happening in this beautiful country.

Be not deceived! I lived there for about a year and several things became painfully obvious within a couple of months. The Government is riddled with corruption. Why do I say this? Because they pillage the finances of the country openly. Are you aware of the fact that only 40% of the country has water and sanitation? As a result, the pollution from the favelas occupied mostly by the very poor, drains directly into the rivers and the ocean.

Here are just a few notes to be aware of. Lesson No. 1: Be VERY careful where you swim. Think about it – it really does matter. Although the Government did promise to clean it up, the water is still extremely polluted. Lesson No. 2: Ensure that you read our article about The Do’s & Don’ts of Travelling to Brazil – this article has some valuable information that will keep you safe. Lesson No. 3: The Brazilian people are a friendly people so if you want to know something, just ask? It is best to get the real story from the people who are living it although experiences will vary depending on who you ask. So be mindful of who the messenger really is and learn how to travel and get the most out of your trip.

Will Rio be ready for the Olympics – Part ll

CNN’s Shasta Darlington in Sao Paulo, Brazil

I can appreciate this video even today because much of what is said in this video, no matter the date, is still current.  Brazil has made few strides until now even though they have just recently hosted World Cup 2014.  Yes, some of the venues that were completed and that were used during the Soccer Games will be used by the Olympics as well, but so much of their infra-structure is still non-existant.  The Brazilian people have a lot of work ahead of them.

Another major issue that cannot be ignored is the lack of English speaking labourers and service personnel.  That fact alone is a major hiccup also to be address by this nation.  See more reading on this sbject on this website under Language l and Language ll.

Germany erupts with joy …

By Euan McKirdy, CNN
July 15, 2014 — Updated 1132 GMT (1932 HKT)

(CNN) — In a twist of fate, the hosts’ vanquishers became the heroes. Germany’s Mario Götze’s late, late strike made the difference in the final against Argentina, and his sublime goal prevented Brazil’s neighbors and arch-rivals from lifting the trophy.

The two finalists played out an entertaining match that left both the teams’ fans and neutrals on the edge of their seats until almost the last kick of the game. Ultimately, all it lacked was the goals that these Brazil crowds have come to expect.

Huge street party

The German capital came alive at the final whistle, with cars taking to the packed streets, waving German flags and scarves. Up to 500,000 fans packed into the huge fan zone in the center of the city, which was extended to 1.3 kilometer from the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate to accommodate the throngs of expectant fans.

The city, whose mood wasn’t dampened by the rain that fell throughout the match, hosted fans from all over the country, and beyond.

The crowd in the Mitte district of Berlin erupted as Götze’s goal went in on the 113th minute. The Bayern Munich star took Andre Schürrle’s pass on his chest before displaying exquisite technique to volley the ball past Sergio Romero.

The raucous street parties that followed were intermittently interrupted by celebratory car horns. It is the country’s fourth World Cup, and its first as a unified Germany.

Fans in the capital told CNN that they planned to party well into the early hours of the morning.

Traveling fans celebrate in Rio

Outside Rio de Janerio’s famous stadium, German fans were equally delirious.

“I feel very, very good, this is the best day of my life,” a exuberant fan named Lars told CNN outside the stadium. “We say before the Maracana, this is an amazing place, but I must say this is a fantastic day for my whole life.” (Read the remainder of this article at: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/13/sport/football/germany-world-cup-win-reaction/index.html?eref=wcfbpulse_m)

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