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Forecast not good
There are three match days left today, Saturday and Sunday. There are only two rest days left – Thursday and Friday. Those are the remaining dates for World Cup tourists flying out after the tournament to visit Corcovado mountain, Sugar Loaf and Tijuca National Forest Park among others. However the weather forecast for all days is not good until Tuesday morning. Weather is a big deal because the peak of Sugar Loaf is best enjoyed in opportune conditions. Likewise Corcovado mountain where Christ The Redeemer sits has a view of the entire city of Rio de Janeiro that is seen best in warm conditions. The only glimmer of hope is that on rare occasions the forecast gets it wrong.

Good public transport
There are plenty of things to admire about Rio de Janeiro and public transport is high among them. The buses run efficiently and on time. They are also cheap and sufficiently comfortable. A bus journey in Rio costs $3.2 ($1.6). A ticket on the metro goes for $3.5 ($1.75). There are blue buses to take metro users to train stations from their different neighbourhoods. The metro system is evidently new. But it will be one of the legacies of the World Cup. It is being improved ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games to be hosted in Rio’s western zone of Barra de Tijuca. On Match Days to the Maracana, fans use the metro free provided they flash their tickets. For those with a few extra pennies in their wallets, there are metered Yellow Taxis. They are everywhere.

Rodoviara Novo Rio
Rio De Janerio’s Rodoviara Novo Rio bus station perhaps had its busiest route to Belo Horizonte ever yesterday. There were buses going to Belo every minute full of mostly Brazil (and a significant number of Germans) fans heading for their World Cup semi-final clash at Estadio Mineirao. Bus companies Util, Cometa, 1001 and Express de Sol all outsourced to cater for the overwhelming demand. Thus there was a window for fans who had long waited to get a means to the first World Cup semi-final because until Friday, it had looked like there were no more tickets altogether for fans keen to watch a highly anticipated showdown between two footballing powerhouses.

Not all are back home

Spain, England and Italy are all back home after shortened World Cups that last no more than three matches. Their players are relaxing on the beaches of Miami and Ibiza with their families as they replenish their energies for the new season ahead. But not all of their fans went back home. There are many fans of the vanquished countries who stayed around to exhaust their World Cup budget. “We paid for tickets upto the final and will enjoy it even if we would have wished to be watching our superman Pirlo and not Ramirez,” said Albertini Damanti, a retired Italian journalist from Milan. English and American fans have been sighted in pubs in Leblon and Ipanema.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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