after 4 months I now received my visa for the next 24 months (thanks god), This also means the house hunting for something permanent starts again :(
My plan is to rent something after carnival (1st of March).
Browsing the usual sites for renting flats (and getting amazed it is more expensive than NYC), I had the idea that maybe there is somebody in a similar situation and would find it smart to combine budgets and rent a more fancy place. This is as the market provides much better deals in the higher priced segments (at least Ipanema/Leblon) than the usual budgets available for single expats...
The only challenge I see is to match renting periods etc. but I am sure one can find a way as well for that.