I used to work as a journalist all around the globe. Lived for 15 years in good old NYC and am now based in Rio. Still do journalism to a lesser extend (no more travel, will stay put in Rio), and am writing on that "great novel" which will probably never be finished. - I am a big fan of the "jeitinho brasileiro". It's hard to translate. It's basically: "If you can't jump the fence, dig a tunnel." Cariocas are masters in this ancient art form.