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October 07, 2011


Fernanda Black

I love your blog! Im a carioca in in the USA, a gringa here... And feeling like a gringa in Rio already.. Thanks for updating me on Rio reality! Beijos


"Open Veins of Latin America" is an anti-capitalism, anti-American and anti-industrialist book. Eduardo Galeano is a Marxist, Uruguayan, who was expelled from Uruguay and Argentina by extreme-right governments. He holds lots of anger towards corporations and industrialists. He defends an opened border policy in the US, free immigration.
In my opinion, he´s a typical Uruguayan, with good education and lots of spare time.
The problem is that Uruguay is a calm country, with beautiful coastal and country landscapes, good food, low crime rates and......almost no people, or less than 3.5 million people in a 68000 sq miles area. Since their independence from the Empire of Brazil, there haven´t been too much action there. It looks the perfect place to live, but there are more people immigrating from Uruguay to Brazil than the opposite. Incredibly, Dilma and Galeano have similar leftist backgrounds, but they couldn´t have got so different as they are now. Dilma is all about consumption and corporations. A traitor, Galeano would say. It would be interesting to hear him talking about Dilma. Would he criticize her or would he be loyal and kind to an "eternal companheira", like many of the leftist usually are?Maybe he would give her one of his books, and we could wait and see if she would do as Obama, when Chavéz gave him a copy of ""Open Veins of Latin America":


Rio Gringa

@Fernanda - glad you enjoy! :)
@Edu - Of course it is! But the surprising thing are how many elements are still relevant today - 40 years later. Especially after the financial crisis, the parts about business abuses are even more interesting. It's also interesting since it was written during the economic boom of the 1970s - a smaller one than this, but still a boom. As long as you can keep it in context/perspective, it is quite interesting to read in 2011.


I'm en route to Rio for a two year stay as part of the US diplomatic mission, so I enjoyed your well-written observations. Thank you from a new subscriber!

Alex F

Wait a second? Did you go to Rock in Rio?!! How was it?

Rio Gringa

No sadly (luckily?) I did not. I watched some of the performances on TV though, and flew on the same flight with 50 Cent (who was not actually playing at Rock in Rio, but it was funny anyway).

Lisa Kauffmann

I go back to Rio every year and have noticed how much the prices have increased! Its insane! THe price of real estate is out of control too. My flat which was worth 95 k reais in 1994 is now worth over 1 million? Sweet, but who is willing to pay that? ITs not like they have conventional mortgages there..
I fear that this is all going to crash. Not sure when, but it will. Brazil has improved by leaps and bounds since I first moved there in 1993, but I left with my kids in 2008 because I was sick and tired of the corruption and violence. I had been carjacked near Sao Conrado by four strung out punks with automatic weapons who stole my car(luckily the kids weren't with me). I still go back to visit, like I said, but to live there again...not so sure.

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