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What do you do and why do you do it?
I work as a consultant managing projects on international relations and public policies for think tanks and private companies and as a consultant on compliance and corporate social responsibility. My aim is to help increasing transparency, understanding and building a more sustainable world.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
My heartbreak playlist consists of tracks of amusement. It can go from pop to rock to electronic to traditional Brazilian musics. Blondie, Arcade Fire, Soft Cell, Big Audio Dynamite, Kraftwerk, Bowie, Prince, Madonna, Peaches, etc A playlist that is always accompanied by dancing, diving, discovering new places, meeting new people and activities.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I am not very addicted to TV shows or series.....although I loved House of Cards! I could list a few TV Shows from my childhood....like Charlie's Angels, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Waltons, Bionic Woman, Kojak, Fantasy Islans. Nowadays I am more a person of movies, documentaries, interviews programs like Fareed Zacharia GPS (CNN) and 60 minutes (CBS), and food, health and sports Tv Shows.
Name some spots in Rio de Janeiro that are good for a Tinder date.
I don't use Tinder, Happn or any other matching app. People in Rio seems to prefer to use Happn than Tinder. I am a person that loves to go out meet and and interact with people...Never felt a need to use Tinder, etc. But if you are a fan of Tinder, I can help you out.
Who’s your hero and where in Rio de Janeiro would you take them out for a serious hang?
Mandela/Gandhi: would take him to visit Rocinha or Santa Marta slams and meet some local friends that live there to hear their stories. Bruce Springsteen: would take him to enjoy the beach at Prainha, go to an underground party with the best music in town and dance all night.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I have a few clothes brands that I like using for work, including Banana Republic and Ann Taylor. For sports activities I like REI, Columbia, Nike, Asics, Under Armour, Champion, Adidas. In Brazil, I search for clothes in a variety of department stores and also at Salinas, Osklen, Cantão, Dress To, Wollner, Mr Cat, Forever XXI, Zara, among others.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
In my case...I guess this area doesn't exist...I have the curiosity to visit any place/neighborhood in town.....
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
But how can I never get to do something that I love?!? If love it I do it frequently.....if there is no financial constraints, of course. But I would love to have more time to practice SUP, enjoy the beach, get pole dance classes....there is a long list....
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Rio de Janeiro and where did you get it?
Dried meat with onion and Brazilian collard greens at Jobi in Leblon. Any dish served at ORO or any restaurant from Felipe Bronze.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Rio de Janeiro that you particularly like?
Botero Bar, Madrid Bar, Noo Cachaçaria, among others
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Rio de Janeiro? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Oro restaurant (at least 400 reais): Brazilian food presented in a modern and upscaling way; I have tried one of the tasting menu, where you can select a certain number of dishes of the menu. Fasano Hotel (aprox. 350 reais): went to the roof top to enjoy a few drinks, music and sunset view.
What restaurant in Rio de Janeiro looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Canastra, Jobi and, Mani & Oca are examples of good food and crap places.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Rio de Janeiro? Which one do you like?
Place: Botero. Drink: Caipirinha made with a cachaça named Claudionor, lemon and NO sugar.
Where would you take your partner in Rio de Janeiro if you wanted to really pamper them?
Le Relais de Marambaia. Terèze. Hotel Santa Teresa Sofitel. Bar dos Descasados. Lasai.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Dried Meat with onions, "farofa" and Brazilian Collard greens. Pastel (a Brazilian pastry) filled with minced beef. Manioc and coconut cake (sweet and perfect with a coffee). The list is long.....
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Rio de Janeiro?
Itahy, B.B. Lanches, Belmonte, Bar Lagoa, Mercearia da Praça, Jack Daniels, Nosso, among others.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Rio de Janeiro?
Mezza Bar, Botero, among others.
What are the Rio de Janeiro spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The usual suspects. Sugar Loaf, Christ, Ipanema Beach (avoid Sundays), an underground music party, Historical downtown, a soccer game in Maracana, Municipal Theatre guided tour/show, a VLT tour in downtown to the Port Area, National Library guided tour, a sunday mass in Sao Bento Monastery with Gregorian chants, Bothanical Garden, a bike ride/walk along Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Rio de Janeiro. How do you spend it?
Enjoy the day at Prainha beach.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I don't have a favorite ONE. I love Rio, Búzios, Madri, Dakar, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Paris, London, Lake Louise & Moraine Lake (Alberta, Canada). These all have great combination of culture, nightlife and outdoors activities in any season!