I'm a big classical music fan, and am sort of getting to live the life dream by being a Category 1 Violinist in the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira. After 10 years of schooling, and literally hundreds of thousand dollars in school loans, I'm VERY happy to have a decently paying job, and couldn't be happier to be living in Rio. This city is unbelievably beautiful....the only skyline that can even compare is New York (although obviously a much different type). Completely awe-inspiring, the views, the orchestra, the people. Now I just have to get used to this crazy traffic, and finish learning Portuguese!
I've been in Brasil for 3 years now (1 year in Belo Horizonte before Rio) and yet I'm still not completely fluent....very frustrating! I just ordered Portuguese cable TV...hopefully that will help!