I’m off to Rio de Janero this Friday. I’ll be speaking and debating voting systems at a conference on December 2nd and 3rd. (Brazil still seems to like black-box style e-Voting very much.) I then need to go home in a hurry to be with my family for Sinterklaas (dec 5th), the big giving-presents-to-the-kids thing most other countries have at Christmas. I did give myself a few extra days to experience some small fraction of Rio before the conference, as I’ve actually never been to South America before. Now I know I’ll miss the first snow here in Amsterdam, having to deal with all these horrible beaches and sunshine instead. 🙂
To help me through my misery, I’d love to meet some fun and brainy locals. So maybe you know someone from there who is into journalism, activism, politics, technology, hacking or someone that is just generally fun to hang out with and that would possibly enjoy a drink with yours truly in the sun sometime between the 27th of November (i.e. this Saturday) and the 3rd of December (when my conference starts).
Apart from contacts with fun people to meet, I’d appreciate any tips for good places to go. I’m up for any tips, extra points for avoiding the standard tourist trail.
If you have any tips or are in Rio yourself, please use the comments on my blog, on facebook or mail me privately at rop~at-gonggri.jp, it all gets to me.