Rio Olympics

  • bro4bro

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    Jul 22, 2016 7:38 PM GMT
    Who's going? I'm leaving two weeks from today, arriving the morning after the opening ceremonies, flying home the day after closing. Zika, skanky water, and street crime be damned! This is gonna be one fuck of a good time!
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 22, 2016 7:49 PM GMT
    You're going to have a great time! I've done a bunch of Olympics and loved everyone of them. You don't actually see much Olympics because of ticket prices and even when you do, you mostly won't know what's going on because of no commentary, but the experience is still awesome. And the thrill of seeing amazing athleticism. I've always hated women's gymnastics because of all the stupid dance bullshit the women organizers insist on but I was in an arena in Beijing with the girls balance beam right in front of me and to see what they do live was breathtaking. Would have preferred to be on the other end of the venue watching the guys on rings, but hey.... A lot of it is like watching NBA. You see it on TV and like it but when it is happening in real time by incredible athletes right in front of you, you know you're watching the absolute limit of human performance. Be sure to do plenty of sightseeing while down there. Any gay parties organized while you're there? Boyz of Rio?
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    Jul 22, 2016 8:36 PM GMT
    You're gonna get robbed, raped and Zika. Have fuuuuuunnnnn!
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    Jul 22, 2016 8:48 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidWho's going? I'm leaving two weeks from today, arriving the morning after the opening ceremonies, flying home the day after closing. Zika, skanky water, and street crime be damned! This is gonna be one fuck of a good time!


    I wanted to go but HAWAII is so much nicer and I can watch it all from a beach here......ALOHA and I hope you can make it back safely without any issues.

    The RIO Government claims that terrorism, Zika and even the vastly contaminated waters are not the
    biggest worry......THE BIGGEST worry, Gang murders & Crime!! LOL BE CAREFUL!

    Please do keep us posted.
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    Jul 22, 2016 9:24 PM GMT
    Sounds like fun. Have a great time!
  • bro4bro

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    Jul 23, 2016 12:35 AM GMT
    Guys, I've been to more dangerous places, I've been to more disease-ridden places, and I've been to skankier places. New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bulgaria...
    Zika is a joke compared to malaria. Unless you're a fetus, which... I'm not.
    In a situation like this, with crowds of clueless and drunken tourists wandering around, I figure the bad guys can always find an easier target than me.
    I'm just glad I won't have to put up with that godawful NBC TV coverage!
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    Jul 23, 2016 12:43 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidGuys, I've been to more dangerous places, I've been to more disease-ridden places, and I've been to skankier places. New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bulgaria...
    Zika is a joke compared to malaria. Unless you're a fetus, which... I'm not.
    In a situation like this, with crowds of clueless and drunken tourists wandering around, I figure the bad guys can always find an easier target than me.
    I'm just glad I won't have to put up with that godawful NBC TV coverage!


    Enjoy!

    Keep us posted. I'll be blowing bubbles in Hilo! lol
  • Import

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    Jul 23, 2016 2:30 AM GMT
    Have a great time! Rio truly is a unique and beautiful city. As long as you use common sense you will have no issues at all. Love Rio!
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    Jul 23, 2016 4:41 AM GMT
    Rio is really nice... I've been there four times, last being this past January, and I feel like a local during every visit. I speak portuguese fluently, so that helps. People are extremely friendly and helpful. One thing is, just skip the expensive jewelry and anything to make you stand out, and you'll be fine. Situational awareness is key here too. This is not a place to be walking down the street and looking at your phone, unaware to your surroundings. Snatch and runs are quite popular, with people whom aren't always alert usually being victimised.

    Check out Corcovado: Cristo Redentor... Views are AWESOME. Take a cable car ride between Pao Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain's) "loaves." Take a stroll along Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana beaches. Visit O Jardim Botanico in Leblon/Botafogo where you get really tall trees and beautiful plants, and EXCELLENT shade during the summer months. Visit the Escadaria Selaron (Selaron Stairs) in the favela, where it's a stairway that's fully tiled. You see a lot of Lisbon history here, as well as the African heritage brought to Brasil by Portugal back in the day.

    With that being said, stay out of the favelas at night. The local police are not allowed in these "ghettos" and Federal Police only can come in at certain hours, to make sure that peace is maintained. Also, if you are brave enough to drive in Brasil, remember, traffic lights are just devices with a pretty red, yellow and green lights. icon_smile.gif Red means optional stop and yellow means go faster.

    Taxi's are state regulated, and are cheap as hell and are in abundance. Not all of them accept credit or debit cards, so make sure you ask before jumping in. An EXCELLENT app to have is 99Taxis. This allows you to hail a cab to your location, and pay with a card. It's kind of their version of Uber, which is BANNED in Brasil. The Reais, which is their monetary unit, isn't doing very well, so a US Dollar goes really far. You can get about three bags of groceries for about $9.00! I hope all of this helps.

    Tenha voce um boa viajem!


    Tchau,

    Sean
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    Jul 23, 2016 11:30 AM GMT
    I hope you're going with a friend or two, preferably someone who's familiar with the area. There are many parts of Brazil that are quite beautiful, including Rio de Janeiro (Centro and Zona Sul in particular) of course, but you might enjoy Brazil more if you had someone who knew both the good parts and bad parts of this beautiful country. For example, there are parts of Zona Norte that are quite dangerous. I'd been to Brazil 3x, but in all instances I was never without someone who knew Rio well. Enjoy the sites and the beautiful men (but be very careful when meeting potential hookups as there are many "rent boys" in Rio).
  • bro4bro

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    Jul 23, 2016 4:57 PM GMT
    Sean, thanks very much for the great suggestions!

    Dominus, I know three other guys who are going - one has been to Rio before. We're not all going to be there at exactly the same time, one is going for the whole time like me, one is going early and staying through the middle weekend, and the other is arriving at the middle weekend and staying through the end. But there's enough overlap that I'll always have someone to hang with - and having been to the Olympics before (um, six times) I know it's very easy to make friends there.

    Visiting a city like Rio during the Games is not like visiting at any other time. There will be people from around the world swarming all over the city - athletes, coaches, officials, media people, and spectators like me, and when the daily competition's over everybody will be out looking for a good time (especially after spending two hours watching smoking hot guys in Speedos do backflips off a 10 m platform...). Naturally all the standard precautionary measures apply, but the Olympics tends to form its own little world within the city. If you don't want to deal with the local rent boys and street criminals you can just stay within the Olympic Zone and the hospitality houses set up by various national contingents (some of which have pretty decent and fun night clubs), and snag yourself an international athlete or tourist.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 24, 2016 1:53 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidWho's going? I'm leaving two weeks from today, arriving the morning after the opening ceremonies, flying home the day after closing. Zika, skanky water, and street crime be damned! This is gonna be one fuck of a good time!
    You better hope that it is going to be one fuck of a good time because Rio de Janeiro is literally bankrupt along with the Brazilian national government. icon_neutral.gif
  • bro4bro

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    Jul 24, 2016 5:36 PM GMT
    Ah, you didn't read the fine print.

    The city of Rio de Janeiro says they have plenty of money to put on the Games.

    The state of Rio de Janeiro has declared bankruptcy. This was a necessary step to get federal funding so they could complete the infrastructure that they'd promised to deliver for the Games. Specifically, the subway line running from Ipanema to Barra de Tijuca, where the Olympic Park is located. Assuming it's open in time, it will help theoverall transportation situation, but it's not the only way to get to the Olympic Park.

    As for the federal government, who cares? I'm there for two weeks and then I'm gone. As long as the airport stays open, I'm good.

    I get the idea some of you don't stray too far from home much...
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    Jul 24, 2016 6:43 PM GMT
    Have fun! Take lots of pictures.

    And if you happen to see Sam Mikulak on the US Mens Gymnastic team, tell him he's welcome in my bedroom anytime!!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 24, 2016 7:29 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidAh, you didn't read the fine print.

    The city of Rio de Janeiro says they have plenty of money to put on the Games.

    The state of Rio de Janeiro has declared bankruptcy. This was a necessary step to get federal funding so they could complete the infrastructure that they'd promised to deliver for the Games. Specifically, the subway line running from Ipanema to Barra de Tijuca, where the Olympic Park is located. Assuming it's open in time, it will help theoverall transportation situation, but it's not the only way to get to the Olympic Park.

    As for the federal government, who cares? I'm there for two weeks and then I'm gone. As long as the airport stays open, I'm good.

    I get the idea some of you don't stray too far from home much...
    FYI, when there is nothing but low wage, dead end employment thanks to free trade and supply side trickle down economics, it is next to impossible to afford travel anywhere. Hell even going to either Rochester or to Cleveland is very hard for me to afford. So count your blessings because most Americans are too impoverished to afford a trip to the Rio Olympics or anyplace else for that matter.
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    Jul 24, 2016 9:03 PM GMT
    Athletes' village at Rio Olympics is 'unliveable' just two weeks before opening ceremony with blocked toilets, leaking pipes and unlit stairwells

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3705721/Athletes-village-Rio-Olympics-unliveable-just-two-weeks-opening-ceremony-blocked-toilets-leaking-pipes-unlit-stairwells.html#ixzz4FMWI0Vlx
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    'From what we've seen, you wouldn't put people in there yet,' a spokesman for the Australian Olympic Committee told The Sydney Morning Herald.

  • interesting

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    Jul 25, 2016 2:10 AM GMT
    Hope you have tons of fun at the events, and hopefully subsequent parties, maybe you'll bag an athlete, goodness knows the only thing I haven't tried yet.
  • bro4bro

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    Jul 26, 2016 3:38 AM GMT
    2BFree saidAthletes' village at Rio Olympics is 'unliveable' just two weeks before opening ceremony with blocked toilets, leaking pipes and unlit stairwells

    'From what we've seen, you wouldn't put people in there yet,' a spokesman for the Australian Olympic Committee told The Sydney Morning Herald.


    Any young athlete who doesn't like the accommodations at the Olympic Village is welcome to bunk with me!

    Gymnasts, divers, and Aussies to the front of the line, please!
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    Jul 28, 2016 2:18 PM GMT
    Fuck them. They shot dead a Jaguar at the opening ceremony.

    Read More Here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3652637/Army-mascot-Jaguar-SHOT-DEAD-moments-photographed-Olympic-torch-Brazil-break-freedom.html