My plans were somewhat upset because I was supposed to come with a friend who was unable to get a visa for Brazil in the end. So I’ll admit that at first, I was a little bored, but I’m starting to meet people.
In Rio, everything and everyone is frenzied. You can see workers everywhere in the streets or on construction sites. Moreover, for a country so infatuated with football, Brazil is falling short of the ambiance I was expecting. There are certainly some posters in the streets, but there’s less emphasis on football than I was anticipating. The Brazilians I’ve met are not very enthusiastic. Many think the authorities really don’t have the right priorities.
“Very few people speak English”
I don’t want to be negative because I’m having a good time, but I can’t help but notice that very few people speak English, even in stores. For instance, it took a ridiculous amount of time to be able to communicate which SIM card I wanted in a store selling mobile phones. They really need to get ready for a lot more visitors coming here, because there are the Olympic Games after the World Cup.
From a security standpoint, we’ve been warned so much about Brazil that I was really on edge when I arrived. After several days here, though, I already feel far more at ease. Part of that is because there are policemen on every street corner.
I also spent two days in Sao Paulo. But the city was so backed up due to traffic jams that I wasn’t able to see much.