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  •  When I was there (1+ / 0-)
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    I had no issues.  However, the gay couple that I mention upthread decided to take a moonlite stroll from copacabana to Ipanema and they got jumped.  They fought off their attackers and lost nothing, but it was a startling experience for them.

    "He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that." - J.S. Mill

    by dmsarad on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 11:32:47 AM PDT

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    •  Fair enough...but I think walking down the street (0+ / 0-)

      in NYC looking like tourist may have the impact...not right...but I don't think Rio is that much of an outlier for major tourist destinations...crime is going to follow money...

      We should all be safe, and aware of our surroundings.  Sometimes, you just get unlucky.

      "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

      by justmy2 on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 11:58:15 AM PDT

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      •  Stay off the beach in (3+ / 0-)
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        Rio at night.

        Folks come down from the Favela's to play soccer and volleyball.  

        Very poor lighting, no police presence.

        Stay on a well lit sidewalk by the road and you should be fine, though.

        Same goes for side streets, avoid as much as possible and stick to well lit major roads.

        When I was there, we went down a side street at night that connected avenue atlantica to one of the inner streets that runs parallel, and there was a very suspicious guy who offered to shine my shoes, then followed us briefly.  Felt a bit off.  Otherwise, the streets of Rio seemed quite safe, even though they say you should take a car at night.  

        Best advice is to pay attention to your surroundings, pay heed to basic safety advice, and don't do something stupid to paint a target on your head, don't flash your money or valuables, and you'll be fine.

        Same advice you should follow in any city, and you won't run into trouble.  Sometimes you can't help it, but a crook is going to look for the easiest target, so make sure that you look less like a target than the next guy.

        "Yes we can." - President Barack Obama

        by Jerry 101 on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 02:23:31 PM PDT

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        •  Exactly... (0+ / 0-)

          I never felt threatened in the least in any of my visits...but then again, I didn't do anything to call attention to myself...

          "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

          by justmy2 on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 02:26:04 PM PDT

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