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Rio 2007 Pan American Games

My trip to Rio in July 2007 for the first week of the Pan American Games.

Rio day one

Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Jul 08, 2007
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Aftera 14 hour flight that took off late and after taking too long to get to my hotel room I am in Rio de Janeiro at Copacabana beach. I am stay at the Windsor Palace Hotel on Rua Domingos Fereirra, about a block off the beach. I didn~t get my credentiual yet because of a paperwork snafu. I have to go back to the media center tomorrow and get it. Right now my legs hurt from sitting in an uncomfortable plane seat and note being able to sleep. I have also been walking and trying to film stuff on the beach and in Rio. The favelas are absolutely from hell. Imagine building a fort out of carboard and corregated tin and old plywood and burnt bricks. Then imagine millions of people living like that. And right in the middle of it all - in the middle of the squalor and the depravation is Joao Havelange stadium - a gleaming, bright white illuminated temple of football. It is a sign of tragedy and a sign of hope. Unfortunately when the Pan Am games are over, the athletes village will not be available for middleincome hosuing. Apparently the football stars have bought up several of the buildings and are reselling them, so the lower echelon has no chance. But some of the Brazilian national team heros came from the favelas of Rio. So who knows. More later. I´ll try to post some photos soon too.

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