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World Championship 2015 - São Paulo, Brazil - July 17-19, 2015

Octaviano

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That's a nice list and easily doable. If you get a chance I'd recommend a trip up to Santa Teresa for a ride on the tram too.

It's more than a decade since I've been to Brazil and I'm very jealous of you all.
I'm sorry to inform you this, since you've been in Rio more than 10 years ago, but... The Santa Teresa tram is not working anymore :(

They stopped it in 2011, when six people got killed in an accident. Maintenance is being done and it was supposed to be ready in 2014, but it got delayed to 2015. I don't know if it's going to be ready in July, though, but I think it's unlikely
 

Crazycubemom

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Hi Pedro and another Sao Paulo Cuber.

Can you name all hotels near by the venue? from 3 to 4 stars Hotels? at least I can feel safe and can take showers every day :)

Thank you.
 

Pedro

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Hi Pedro and another Sao Paulo Cuber.

Can you name all hotels near by the venue? from 3 to 4 stars Hotels? at least I can feel safe and can take showers every day :)

Thank you.
Maria, we stayed at the Tulip Inn, and it is very nice. I'm not sure about stars, but I liked it (I didn't pay for it, though...kinda expensive).

The first 3 in the list seem to be at least 3 stars: http://www.cuber.com.br/worlds/index.php?location=travel
 

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I'm sorry to inform you this, since you've been in Rio more than 10 years ago, but... The Santa Teresa tram is not working anymore :(

They stopped it in 2011, when six people got killed in an accident. Maintenance is being done and it was supposed to be ready in 2014, but it got delayed to 2015. I don't know if it's going to be ready in July, though, but I think it's unlikely
That's tragic. It was pretty ancient but it didn't seem to dangerous apart from when people rode on the outside.

I remember being a little embarrassed as the driver kept stopping when he saw me taking photos.
 

cmhardw

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Katie and I received our Visas to Brazil today! :D

To any US citizens who are applying, if you know what you're doing cool beans, but if anyone has any questions about the process then send me a PM and I'll do my best to answer them.

I can't wait to visit Brazil for the first time and I can't wait to see everyone at Worlds this year! This is so exciting!
 
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A lot of negativity, and although I agree more with the detractors about Brazil being an absolutely terrible idea for a "World Championship", keep in mind that there are no good reasons why the results of a World Championship should be more important than simple local tournament results. Just have fun and go to local competitions. The time that makes Feliks the world champ at the 3x3 was not set in a "World Championship". In fact, don't even worry about the "officialness" of WCA results in general. WCA results are just WCA results, and I only use the WCA as sort of a "minimal benchmark" to weed out possible liars about non-competition times, and then accept the non-competition times as real results once this benchmark is passed. Just think of WCA events as social events.
 

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A lot of negativity, and although I agree more with the detractors about Brazil being an absolutely terrible idea for a "World Championship", keep in mind that there are no good reasons why the results of a World Championship should be more important than simple local tournament results. Just have fun and go to local competitions. The time that makes Feliks the world champ at the 3x3 was not set in a "World Championship". In fact, don't even worry about the "officialness" of WCA results in general. WCA results are just WCA results, and I only use the WCA as sort of a "minimal benchmark" to weed out possible liars about non-competition times, and then accept the non-competition times as real results once this benchmark is passed. Just think of WCA events as social events.
Feliks became world champion because he won the World Championships in Las Vegas. Feliks became the world recordholder because he did an average faster than everyone else.
For instance I am the european champion for megaminx, yet I am only ranked 4 in Europe at the moment (3rd at the time of the championships). And for Pyraminx I have never been world champion, even though I have broken the world record 7 times.
 

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Even us Aussies had to go through the documentation nightmare to obtain a Brazil visa. I wonder if anyone has any idea why this is the case as most other South American countries allow the usual 90 days without a visa thing.
 

Ross The Boss

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keep in mind that there are no good reasons why the results of a World Championship should be more important than simple local tournament results.
how about the fact that you are competing against a simply massive amount of international solvers so your performance is not only reflective of your badassness relative to your country/region, but to the speedcubing world as a whole (well, for the most part). and it is far different from simply comparing your local comp times to times achieved at local comps in different parts of the world because of the added pressure et cetera.
 
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claudeccantin

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Even us Aussies had to go through the documentation nightmare to obtain a Brazil visa. I wonder if anyone has any idea why this is the case as most other South American countries allow the usual 90 days without a visa thing.
We Canadians had to go through the same thing. I suspect the same as you -- and because only one parent will be travelling with Antoine and he is is less than 18, even more paperwork had to be done. It was easier to get his initial Canadian passport a few years ago than to get that Visa for a week...
 

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A lot of negativity, and although I agree more with the detractors about Brazil being an absolutely terrible idea for a "World Championship", keep in mind that there are no good reasons why the results of a World Championship should be more important than simple local tournament results. Just have fun and go to local competitions. The time that makes Feliks the world champ at the 3x3 was not set in a "World Championship". In fact, don't even worry about the "officialness" of WCA results in general. WCA results are just WCA results, and I only use the WCA as sort of a "minimal benchmark" to weed out possible liars about non-competition times, and then accept the non-competition times as real results once this benchmark is passed. Just think of WCA events as social events.
Lol what are you on about.
 

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Guys, which hotel do most of you choose among the listed ones? I would like something safe & cheap. :rolleyes:
Does anyone else plan to go to Rio after the competition? Shouldn't we plan some sightseeing together?
Brasilian cuber guys, which area of Rio should we stay? (Safe & cheap :) )
I heard there are some agencies who bring us to Sugarloaf montain & Christ statue. Could you link some? Should we organize it in advance or could we find them in Rio?
 
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