RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival may be over but it came so early this year there is still a bit of "summer" to go. Summer in Brazil, being the Southern Hemisphere, is generally December to February - and we just had the Daylight Savings Time change also - but the forecast remains 35° Celsius (95° Fahrenheit) and sunny for the foreseeable future.
The early Carnival is throwing the vibe off in the streets of Rio a bit. It started on February 18th in 2012, but was opened on February 9th, this year. That meant we have the whole rest of February . . .