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Opinion, By Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Like all Cariocas, the Curmudgeon has always maintained that Rio de Janeiro, the “Cidade Maravilhosa,” is the most beautiful city in the world. And like most Cariocas, the Curmudgeon has maintained that São Paulo is, well, if not downright ugly, at least it’s not in the running for “most beautiful city.”

The Curmudgeon, exiled to Sampa for five years more than a decade ago, will now confess he was wrong, or at least mistaken. Most Cariocas, eyes focused on the mountains and the beaches and the forests and the parks . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.