When I was in Rio last week I saw the preparation for the public viewing on Copacabana beach of Rio de Janeiro. I was a little bit jealous because I knew that I’d be watching most of the World Cup matches in Sao Paulo, the city that is also called “The Stone Jungle” – a big difference to the “cidade maravilhosa” (wonderful city) Rio de Janeiro with all the beaches and higher temperatures! It must have been fun watching the match sitting on the sand of Copacabana beach, drinking brazilian beer or caipirinha. Imagine the party afterwards when Brazil won!! They danced samba and partied hard all night long for sure under that full moon we had! If you’re curious to know more, there are some impressions and a resume about the Copacabana-Viewing in Rio in this article.
But watching in Sao Paulo was fun, too. The neighborhood “Vila Madalena”, known as the bohemian area of the city with lots of bars and Graffiti sites (an article about it will follow shortly), was just perfect! It was crowded with happy Brazilians. All bars were already full by midday (the game started at 5 pm in Brazil). The streets were colorful not only because of the painted houses. You almost couldn’t see any other colors but yellow and green. Even though weeks and even hours before the World Cup opening protests were going on (for a good reason), the crowd lived the moment as if it was a Carnival. Only when President Dilma was shown the Brazilians expressed their anger loudly singing a specific “hate”-song and shouting against her. I was told not to take my camera with me for security reasons. That’s why the following pictures are in a bad quality, being done with my old iPhone… THE DAY OF THE FIRST GAME – Before the game
AFTER THE GAME