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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Away from the crowds descending in Rio de Janeiro at the four Olympic Zones where the Games are being held, is an oasis of colonial charm unique to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. The Mansion, as the three-story Portuguese colonial home is named, offers an idilic sense of Rio's historic luxury.

The events held at the venue during the Olympics is called "The Mansion Sem Fronteiras" (Without Borders), and involves a caipirinha workshop, samba lectures and performances, capoeira . . .

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