Of course Rio itself looks wonderful from the sea or main Olympic stadium and coast roads.
The sporting events themselves have so far, been riveting to watch on TV. For example trampolining is not a sport that I have ever thought about previously but as reported on the BBC:
Bryony Page became the first British woman to win an Olympic trampoline medal by claiming silver in Rio.
On the other hand, the political backdrop to the Rio Olympics is in reality a disaster with President Rousseff about to be impeached for alleged corruption.
The green water in the diving pool looked very unpleasant. Then there are the large number of empty seats in the Olympic sporting centres giving a forlorn background atmosphere to some of the sporting venues, despite the exhilarating sports taking place there and the poverty of many in Rio cause one to wonder whether their best interests are being served by the Games being held in their city at all.
My personal opinion is that the answer to the final point in the previous paragraph will eventually be seen to be positive. As the redevelopment of Stratford in London illustrates, undertaking hugely expensive work to rehabilitate lands that have been derelict or worse for years, needs courage and the expenditure of huge sums of government money. Dereliction will simply continue in the absence of courage coupled with a readiness to expend huge sums now, in the expectation of benefiting the generations to come.
Being host to the Olympic Games is the best possible incentive for redeveopment. The costs may be huge but the work then has to be done. The alternative of leaving the lands derelict assist no one. Thus in the long term at least, the financial cost to Brazil will in my view prove to be worthwhile.
The Rio Olympics are hardly yet at the half way stage and today is the Rio equivalent of London's Super Saturday.
The excitement and feats of endurance to come will surely be as exhilarating as ever.