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2016 Olympics should be a fun time for all

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — Expect the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be the most fun ever. Brazilians know how to party. Even if Brazil doesn’t deliver on all the promises it made to win the bid, Rio will show everyone a good time, including television viewers.

I say this after two weeks of travel in Brazil. I realize that doesn’t make me an expert on the subject but it did provide an opportunity to get a taste of the Brazilian way of life.

Sometimes Brazil is long on potential but comes up short on performance. There is a popular saying down there that Brazil is the Land of Promise and always will be.

Brazil began talking about a master-planned capital city around the same time as our founding fathers did. We finished Washington, D.C. in 1800. Brazilia was completed in 1960.

No bridge has yet been built across the Amazon. A bridge was recently started at Menaus, a large city 1,000 miles upstream from the Atlantic. Several pilings have been built out from each shore but the locals say the engineering was wrong and 90 percent of the project will have to be scrapped. There is yet no official confirmation of that claim.


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