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By Felicity Clarke, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Starting a life in a new place is always a challenge and building a social circle and a professional network often depend on chance meetings and can take a painfully long time.

Happy Hours help. The city bars buzzing with professionals enjoying discounted after-work drinks provide a perfect opportunity to socialize and network in an informal environment. Yet the concept is curiously under-exploited in Rio and, even so, penetrating a group of people without a specific intention can be a daunting prospect.

The lack of opportunities to meet like-minded . . .

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