Travel Do’s and Don’ts

Many visitors may be fortunate enough NOT to experience any direct crime while travelling in Brazil but these Do's and Don'ts are given as a matter of information and as a warning. Here’s an example of what happened to my friend who was walking down a main street late in the afternoon. He felt something wet land on his back, and shoulders. He started to wipe the mysterious goo off (which turned out to be yogurt) when two middle-aged women came from behind to help. By the time they finished helping to wipe him clean, they had his cell phone and his wallet and had disappeared into the evening. So take heed: DOsDONTSDO: Be careful when walking the streets. Brazil is a huge country with bustling city streets. It pays to be alert. As a pedestrian, do make sure you look in all directions before crossing the street. Leave your valuables secured at your hotel/lodging. Only travel with the funds that you need. Leave your valuables and most of your money and important paperwork (your passport, your identification, credit cards etc.) stored in a safe place. Carry only the funds you need for the day with you. Do carry a copy of your paperwork with you if you really need to have it with Read More

Will Rio be Ready for Olympics 2016? – Part l

England’s Claudia Fragapane, who has won four gold medals in  Glasgow,during a beam routine at the Commonwealth Games. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP After so much drama surrounding the 2014 World Cup, with incomplete soccer stadiums, numerous protests, over-run budgets etc., the question that has rolled off many a tongue, is: ‘Will Brazil be ready for the […]

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Brazil’s World Cup Set to Affect October Elections

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party (PT), began the World Cup with approval ratings below forty percent. This has fallen continually from sixty percent before last year’s Confederations Cup, which was rocked by protests over corruption and misuse of public money in preparation for the events. President Dilma […]

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Brazil finds ‘food not fit for consumption’ at hotels…

By Rafael Romo, CNN Senior Latin American Affairs Editor; May 29, 2014 — Updated 1506 GMT CNN) — Brazilian authorities have confiscated food “not fit for consumption” from two hotels that will host the English and Italian national teams during the upcoming World Cup competition in Brazil. According to Procon, the Brazilian consumer protection agency, […]

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Brazilian Weather

Many people do not stop to think about the weather in the location they are visiting, especially in a place like Brazil which appears to be warm, with lots of hot bodies on every beach.  “NOT!”  I was not aware of it myself, but as I mentioned in my article, Soccer and World Cup 2014, […]

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Drug gangs rule favelas away from World Cup crackdown

By Shasta Darlington, CNN; May 29, 2014 — Updated 1945 GMT (0345 HKT) Rio de Janeiro (CNN) — Women shake their hips seductively and children dance in flip-flops to booming electronic music while young men brandish pistols and the occasional assault rifle. It’s just another funk party in one of the lawless favelas on the […]

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