Hi readers! It’s been a little while since my last entry and there are quite a few things to talk about today, so I thought I’d do today’s post as a kind of bulletin:
After 5 years it’s official: Eat Rio is a “Popular Website”
Eat Rio will be 5 years old next Tuesday! When I wrote that first post back in 2011 I had no idea that this little vanity project would have such a transformative effect on my life. A website is only relevant if it has readers so a big thanks to all of you who’ve visited over the years.
Those of you who follow the Eat Rio Facebook page will have seen that local English-language news site, The Rio Times, featured an interview with me yesterday (here’s the link). The reporter, Chesney Hearst, was super-nice and asked me lots of questions about my book, The Hunt Rio de Janeiro (plug: now available to purchase on-line in the US, the UK and Brazil!). I’m going to tell you lots more about the book in the next post (bet you can’t wait!), but I was rather tickled to see Eat Rio described in the article as a “popular website”. Readers, it’s been a long journey but we finally made it!
What on Earth is going on in Brazil?
I don’t want to get bogged down in a heavy political discussion here in the post (though maybe down in the comments section if anyone’s up for it!), but I struggle to imagine what the rest of the world is thinking about Brazil right now. First came the massive street protests (for and against presidential impeachment), then the farcical impeachment vote (replete with confetti, dedications to dictatorship torturers and spitting incidents). Then the dynamic and charismatic young 75 year old vice-president, Michel Temer (quite possibly the most evil and shifty looking man of all time) stepped into the limelight.
I really feel for his PR team: “OK Michel, why don’t you try smiling for your next publicity shot?“
“Oh god God no! Cancel the smile – you look like a creepy villain. Let’s go for ‘serious statesman’?”
“Er, OK – I guess we’ll have to go with that then…”
Thankfully now that Temer is in charge things are getting back on track. Those pesky ministries of culture and human rights have been subsumed and eliminated respectively and a new government leader of the lower house, André Moura, has been appointed (Moura is a safe pair of hands, accused of corruption and attempted murder!). The world will start taking Brazil seriously again, any minute now…
A quick trip back to Britain
In happier news, Mrs Eat Rio and I recently spent a whirlwind week back in England. It was our first trip back to Blighty since Christmas 2014 and a nice chance for us to catch up with friends and family, indulge in British culinary treats and do some good old-fashioned sight-seeing. It was also the first time in years I’d had the pleasure to see spring in England’s green and pleasant land – the bluebells were out, the mayflies were hatching and England did it’s very best to tempt us into considering what life would be like if we lived there instead.
Seeing as this post has descended into a glorified diary entry I’ll leave with some of our holiday snaps. More details on my book coming soon!