Celebrating 2014 Easter in Rio and Brazil

Celebrating 2014 Easter in Rio and Brazil

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With Easter (known as Páscoa in Portuguese) rapidly approaching, it is time for Rio residents to start planning for this special holiday. Brazil, being a country of predominately Christians, and an estimated 125 million Catholics (64 percent of the population), makes a proper celebration […]

Social Media Groups Rise Against Rio’s High Prices: Daily

Social Media Groups Rise Against Rio’s High Prices: Daily

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Cidade Maravilhosa is known for many things, but being an inexpensive city is not one of them. Brazil’s high import taxes and rising inflation combined with the rapidly approaching FIFA World Cup and Olympics, make Rio an incredibly expensive place in which to […]

Tinder Dating App Catches On in Rio

Tinder Dating App Catches On in Rio

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tinder, the current craze amongst singles on the prowl, is an addictive dating “app” (built exclusively for smart phones and tablets) that has caught on in Rio de Janeiro. While online dating and social media flirting is nothing new, the instant connections made through […]

Co-working Office Spaces Growing in Rio

Co-working Office Spaces Growing in Rio

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A new kind of work-environment in which professionals from different organizations share the same space while working independently has increased in popularity in Rio. Freelancers, artists, entrepreneurs and independent professionals are especially drawn to co-working spaces, as they are productive work environments away from […]

Going Out to Cocktail Lounges in Rio de Janeiro

Going Out to Cocktail Lounges in Rio de Janeiro

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – When it comes to nightlife, Rio is much better known for its samba-infused botecos and late night clubs than for its à la mode lounges.  Yet while the Cidade Maravilhosa may not boast the same selection of lounges as London, Miami or New York, […]

Eat in Rio: A Guide to Rio’s Best Restaurants

Eat in Rio: A Guide to Rio’s Best Restaurants

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Eat in Rio, a three-year old publishing company specializing entirely in gastronomy, is an increasingly popular resource for food-lovers looking to discover new restaurants in Rio. Their service includes a guidebook (in Portuguese) as well as vouchers for use in 184 restaurants, offering a […]

Rio Closes Carnival with Last Weekend of Blocos

Rio Closes Carnival with Last Weekend of Blocos

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Another season of Carnival came to a close last weekend with the Champions Parade at the Sambódromo, as well as around thirty more blocos. After 465 blocos raged across the city in another year of revelry, Cariocas did not miss the chance for a […]

Riding the Best Skateboard Parks in Rio

Riding the Best Skateboard Parks in Rio

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Skateboarding has been a popular sport in the U.S. and Europe for more than fifty years, generating a strong sub-culture and significant influence around the world from its beginnings in California. Like most urban centers around the globe, Rio has also seen the sport […]

Luxury Boutique Hostel Opens in Vidigal

Luxury Boutique Hostel Opens in Vidigal

By Joanna Hansford and Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporters RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following the pacification of some of Rio’s more fortunately located favela communities, a spike in speculation has driven some development higher than many would have thought possible just five years ago. With the recent opening of a new self-titled ‘boutique hostel’ […]

Access Group Schools in Carnival 2014

Access Group Schools in Carnival 2014

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While the Grupo Especial (Special Group) of the samba schools tends to be the center of the attention at the Carnival parade competition, the Grupo de Acesso (Access Group) also has their chance to perform at the Marquês da Sapucaí, or Sambódromo each year. […]

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