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Rio’s zero trash – LIXO ZERO

We all know what happens in Singapore if you drop trash or chew gum, but Rio? Can you imagine the city free of trash?

Tiradentes, Landfills and Presbyterians

The commemorations began in 2009, marking the arrival from Baltimore, Maryland, of a 26-year-old Princeton graduate. After 56 days at sea on board the North American sailing vessel “Banshee,” on August 12, 1859, the Rev. Ashbel Green Simonton arrived at Praça Mauá.


Why do we so love living in Rio? The traffic is terrible, the city goes into gridlock when it rains, the bay is polluted, and sometimes the beaches too


This is not a full posting, but a link to a terrific article that came out in the Daily Mail online on April 11th.  Just click here.  Some good news about Rio for… Continue reading

A Very British Railway

The posting includes excerpts from the book by Paul Catchpole, published by “Locomotives International”, and from a book entitled “Logistica – Uma Historia dos Caminhos Brasileiros”, by Angela Moreira Domingues da Silva, published by Andrea Jakobsson Estudio.

Rua do Lavradio and other streets of Rio

Not far from the famous Lapa Arches, the ancient aqueduct that once brought much needed water to the center of the then small city of Rio de Janeiro, and today carries the tramline… Continue reading

Rio’s Waterworks

The other day a friend of mine, a colleague from our choir, launched his second book at the Livraria Travessa, in Shopping Leblon. His name is Victor Coelho, and he worked all his… Continue reading

Falling over in Rio

  I was once strolling along the prom in Leblon, admiring some of the new work on the paving stones (pedra portuguesa), when I bumped into an old friend. He told me not… Continue reading

Rio’s Bridges

  Have you noticed the bridges sprouting up all over Rio recently? The lack of good public transport, and the coming of major events in 2014 and 2016 has finally nudged the authorities… Continue reading

Have you ever been to Vidigal?

I have passed Vidigal dozens of times, driving between Sao Conrado and Leblon, but I never imagined actually going up into the favela-community.