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Take a stroll on the beach and at first it seems nothing’s changed. Brazil’s clichés endure -- its gorgeous beaches, its fun-loving attitude, its image as the “country of the future”.

“But you take a closer look and you wonder: what happened? Well, it’s a political and economical drama so devastating. It’s shattering many of those clichés.”

First up, the economies slashed by Brazil’s worst recession in a generation, and that could turn into an all-level depression by year’s end. Unemployment is close to 10%. Thousands of businesses have closed. Nacizu Rocha has been running this Rio restaurant and bar for more than a half century. He tells me: “Of course we are living through a crisis and the scope of it is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Could things get worse? They just did with a crushing political drama. Brazilians are outraged by a scandal so sordid. It already implicates more than half of the country’s national politicians in a kickback scheme allegedly orchestrated by the state run national energy conglomerate Petrobas. And that’s not all. Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is cornered by a budget scandal that could see her impeached within weeks. Her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva once revered as a savior of modern Brazil also under investigation for kickbacks.

Brazilians are devouring news from Watergate style wire taps in every corner and crevice of their everyday lives.

“Thieves. That’s sad, but they are thieves.”

“How can you guys cope? How will you cope?”

“Embarrassing.”

“Embarrassing, the whole thing?”

“Embarrassing.”

And to crack confidence still further, Brazil is coping with Zika, a mysterious virus stalking the country when that may cause a devastating neurological disorder in hundreds of newborns. Brazil’s already challenging fervolas(?), there’s fear.

“We are worried about the situation,” she tells me, “and we are trying to cope with it.”

“So we have a country shattered by economic despair, demoralized by a political crisis and played by Zika. And though all this, in just a few short months Brazil welcomes the world for the Olympics.”

So we went to the Museum of Tomorrow, an Olympic legacy project -- incidentally its construction also implicated in the kickback scheme, to find out how Brazilians plan to deal with it all.

“You are gonna put it on pause?”

“Yes, like… pause and no Olympic Games. And ok, we all…"

“Start the circus again.”

"Yes. Now it's a mess.”

A mess and a reminder that even with the Olympics coming, Brazilians are struggling to hold on those classic clichés that once made them so proud.
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