3 things.. 1)WOW, the economy is very strong (stock market currently in a double top from all time highs in 2008).. family here has real estate rental empire and foreigners are flooding the market renting Br Real 10-20K/month condos, petro industry is booming. Its a gold rush, think San Francisco circa 1847. Industry insiders say Rio is the final frontier for Oil. 2)High end restaurants are amazing, shopping is excellent. In last two years the city has cleaned up ALOT. There will always be the grimy areas in any city, but the hot spots here are world class. It appears the job market is booming, the nominal wages are higher than comparable USA position. Real wage comes out to 2-3x more, sorry its almost impossible to get a job without being Brazilian/ and speak Portuguese or having you company move you. 3)prostitution is completely decriminalized in Brazil, if you have never been to Amesterdam.. Rio de Janeiro has high end brothels i doubt most Americans know about that have a line up that would close down Holland. I have been to a few "termas" and the some of the girls are playboy/playmate, 10s, dimes unrealz! check out Centaurus, L'uomo, or Monte Carlo or all three_ the "accompanhates or escorts" are actually a better deal, but the experience at the termas is worth the visit.