Lula happened to be in town for the banho da chuva and happily assured everyone that today's rain would not cause a problem for the 2014 World Cup or 2016 Olympics. The solution is on the way, Lula said, as money from the PAC 2 (Accelerated Growth
Everything was closed today: school, government, stores, restaurants. It was like a good old fashioned snow day in USAmerica. I took the opportunity to get out to the Maracanã to check on the digging of those holes that marked the beginning of the 2014 World Cup construction projects. So I headed off to the site of the 2014 World Cup Final and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics:
This small installation is what the City and State Governments of Rio de Janeiro and the CBF used as evidence to tell FIFA that the construction project for the Maracana had begun within the required time-frame. While there are supposedly 4 holes being dug to test the sub-soil for geologic stability before building new access ramps, I was only able to find one. I was prohibited from freely circulating around the outside of the stadium by private security guards.