Mens Volleyball in Rio Olympics

Look it’s a guy thing, alright? Hey you got a nice body an’ all, but those you can see coming around the corner. You got time to comb your hair.” – Mitch Henessey, The Long Kiss Goodnight.


Each morning I duly fetch 3 double expressos and a couple of bags of pão de queijo from the local Panettiere.

Today I get an extra bag for the guards. My gesture is received with a stone-walled expression, however one of the grunts opens up and applauds me.

Interesting thing this language barrier. Another language entirely is the communication between drivers on the roads out here.

At first I considered the incessant sound of car horns as a form of hectoring.

Whereas we (western civilisation) would pound the horn in anger at being unduly treated, or in recognition of a hot blonde on the sidewalk, here a ‘toot’, is rarely given in anger.

Moreover a civilised form of signalling.

Taxi driver getting through the language barrier

After another morning watching the girls try on a thousand stones in H.Stern, we head off to watch the mens Volleyball.

It’s hard to know who wins the points sometimes with both teams seemingly celebrating with high fives.

Even when a player faults by serving it long or into the net, he gets a propitious pat on the arse from his fellow team mates, which I personally find befuddling.

If the guy that’s faulting gets a pat on the arse then surely the guy that slams a volley unanswered into the opposing teams court should get a reach around, no? I digress.

Rio Olympic Stadium

Things to do in Rio

In the evening we dined out in Barra Shopping, the Moriohta Sushi.

The service was prompt, came with a genuine smile and the food was abundant and kept on coming.

Actually thinking back, I think we ordered the all you can eat buffet.

Getting round the Language Barrier

In Rio we found a good proportion of people in the service industry spoke some English. Taxi drivers, not so much. And security; fucking forget it.

You might think that they know ‘Statue of Christ’ for example but ours didn’t. So have your Google translate app to hand and nail down the key phrases.

  • Statue of Christ | Cristo Redentor
  • Sugarloaf Mountain | Pão de Açúcar
  • Please take me to | por favor me leve para
  • Where can we eat? | onde podemos comer
  • Has Roger Moore been here? | Roger Moore esteve aqui
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