Rio – The Beautiful Bagunça

For millions here, life is a real and brutal struggle, but even in the face of that, or maybe because of that, the level of innovation and the desire to overcome with such positivity, warmth and good humor is inspiring.

Column By Patrick Fitzgerald

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The other morning I went to play a little "altinha" (keepy uppy) down in the football court. I was struggling with pre-match nerves about what to write for my first Rio Times column, and I hoped a little football in such an inspiring place might open the floodgates.

The Tavares Bastos football "Quadro" itself is a cauldron of wild, colorful beauty. Its floor and walls dazzle Brazilian blue, green, white, and yellow and it's surrounded by five or six stories high iconic red "barraco" houses.

It's as if everything . . .

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