RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – December is always a busy month. Back home (at least in the U.S.) there is an endless flow of Holiday Parties, Christmas shopping, travel and other obligations - if you are lucky. Fortunately for most, outside the retail and hospitality business, it is also a time of paid vacation and happy hour half-days.
Here in Rio it is a bit different, it is not SOOO much Christmas on every television advertisement and store-window, and many expatriates clear out. The schools close, and most multinational and government employees take extended trips home leaving December . . .