I'm going back to the "great white north" on Friday after 6 wonderful weeks in Rio de Janeiro and thought I would share some of the more unusual sights..........and insights, about this incredible city and it's wonderful people for the crowd at F-chat............. BTW one R$ 1.00 equals about $ .35 USD more or less. ------------------------ 1-Where else do you find people who are gainfully employed sitting inside an elevator for 8-10 hours a day pushing the buttons for you. 2-Where else do you find a popular magazine entitled "Titi...Titi" and it is not pornographic in the slightest. 3-Where else do you see 6 lanes of traffic on Avenida Atlantica come to a screeching halt when an errant soccer ball from the beach goes rolling across the road. This happened to me this morning and a motorist got out of his car and kicked it back to the players on the beach. 4-Where else can you buy a watch from a street vendor for R$ 5.00 and when it doesn't work because you were too drunk to perform "due diligence", find out that you have to put another R$ 4.00 into your "investment" for a battery. PS.....it's still working 5 weeks later. 5-Where else does the price of ice cream fluctuate "daily" in the supermarkets, based upon the current ambient outside temperature. A two litre container sells for between R$ 8.00 to as high as R$ 14.00 depending on whether it's 25 degrees celcius or 42. 6-Where else can you buy fake Ralph Lauren "Polo" shirts that are IMHO better quality than the real thing for about 1/10 the price. 7-Where else do the women smile back at you nicely and wink, rather than kick you in the nuts or slap your face when you say "que gostosa" at the beach...............(mmmm delicious). 8-Where else in the world can you LEGALLY walk down any street with an open container of beer or liquor at any time of the day or night. 9-Where else in the world do you have to pay for each 3 minute segment of a local telephone call from your own house phone or for internet usage ? This irrates the hell out of me BTW. 10-Where else in the world do you get your choice of 2-3 friendly, smiling and extremely helpful sales people at "ANY" store when you are purchasing an item worth a mere US 10.00. Canada and the US could learn a thing or two about customer service from the Brasilians. I'll post more as I think of them and for those of you who have been here before....................feel free to add your own. Ate Mais Galera !!!!!!!!!!!!!