Funding Crisis Delays Start of Classes for UERJ Students

School is still out for Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) students.   The second semester of 2016 classes has been delayed 5 times, due to factors including non-payment of wages and scholarships by the state government.  The first semester of 2016, didn’t begin until August 2016–after a 170-day strike by university faculty and staff.  Read on!

Without Funds Rio’s UERJ Postpones Start of Class

Brazil,UERJ employees have been on strike since November of 2016,


Brazil Closes the Gap

A study released on Wednesday highlights Brazil as a global leader in closing the gender gap in science.  Over the last two decades, the proportion of women in Brazil who published scientific articles rose by 11 percent.  And between 2011 and 2015, while the United State and the UK 40 percent of scientific scholarly articles were authored by women, that percentage was 49 in Brazil.  Read on for more!

Way To Go, Sergio!!!!

You may know that when our Manager, Sergio, isn’t working HARD to keep Casa Cool Beans running smoothly, he gets away to train and compete in mountain biking. Checkout Sergio next to his trusty “steed” and join us in congratulating his placement in a local event. WAY TO GO, Sergio!!!!

Sergio BikingWay to Go, Sergio

Seek Out the Best to Experience the Best

As they say: You must seek out the best to experience the best.  Of course, ‘they’ is us here at CCB and ‘the best’ is this collection of six RIO beaches that were voted some of the best in Brazil by TripAdvisor and awarded the Travelers’ Choice Award for the 25 best beaches in Brazil.  And TripAdvisor knows their stuff.  They listened to YOU and voted Casa Cool Beans the #1 Bed & Breakfast in RIO for the last SIX years–THANKS A MILLION!  Read on for more!

Rio de Janeiro State has Six of the Best Beaches in Brazil

Praia do Farol in Arraial do Cabo, best beaches, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News


“She Had Become a Victim, But Would Not Continue As One”

Panmela Castro wields a mighty weapon in her stand against violence toward women in Brazil.  A paint can.  Once a victim herself, Brazil’s ‘Graffiti Queen’ uses her art to tackle a global problem and help women find their voice.  If you’re in the mood for inspiration today, check out Castro’s story.


In Memory of Our Dear Aline

With overwhelming sadness and heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of our dear ALINE (second from the left), our first housekeeper here at Casa Cool Beans.
She was so loved by all of us here and was considered family.

THANK YOU ALINE for sharing your smile, laughter and kind heart with all of us. RIP


The Opulent Side of Carnival

Certain images come to mind when we think of RIO Carnival.  But while thousands roar through RIO streets in colorful costume, there’s a different sort of Carnival taking place at the Copacabana Palace Hotel.  And if you have to ask the price of entry (*ahem* single tickets start at $800) to this party…well, you may not fit in at this opulent celebration.