Airline Information – Part I

The following information was taken from Gringoes, a website run by a small team of foreigners and Brazilians.  However I must forewarn you that this is for arrivals in and out of Sao Paulo, Brazil and all contact numbers are those you will need while in the country. I have to share a frustrating experience […]

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Shopping – Part I

In general, I was disappointed with the shopping. One of the things that disappointed me most when I arrived in Brazil, was the fact that I had the notion that I would be able to buy the famous Brazilian footwear that was popular in the past. But generally I found that many, many of the […]

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Brazilian Foods – Part I

Enjoy A Variety of National Dishes & Other Delectables from a Number of Countries from Around the World One will be able to select from a variety of foods while in Brazil. However I found my favorite food, which is Chinese food, not as common as Japanese or Italian foods and I was even more […]

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Olympic Park Worker Strike Continues in Rio: Daily

Olympic employees have paralyzed construction and are campaigning for better overtime pay, health plans and a higher ticket allocation.  By William Jones, Contributing Reporter, Rio Times, April 15, 22014 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Construction workers at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro have voted in favor of continuing their strike despite opposition from […]

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What are Favelas & why did they come about?

According to Wikipedia, a favela is the term for a slum in Brazil, most often within urban areas. The first favelas appeared in the late 19th century and were built by soldiers who had nowhere to live.’  One of the largest favelas, Rocinha, is located on a mountain side overlooking the city of Rio de […]

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Money, Money , Money, Money …

I had to edit this article to include this WARNING!  If possible, ONLY use your ATM Card to get cash from the Bank.  Using your card in stores and restaurants is extremely dangerous as cloning is VERY COMMON in Brazil.   In fact, Brazil rarely uses U.S. Dollars, Euros and any other currency but their […]

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Language – Part I

Brazilians speak Portuguese and unlike the language spoken in Portugal, it is not as harsh.  To me, their language is a sweet sounding spoken word similar to an Italian melody.  I must warn you again though, that in a country of over 199 million people (per the 2013 population census), Brazil is 95% Portuguese.  Comparatively, […]

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The People

Being born and raised in a beautiful country like Bermuda where tourism is a natural part of our everyday lives, I am very much aware of the need to be courteous and helpful to our visitors; they are our income. (As an aside, I must inform you that Tourism is NOT Bermuda’s primary source of […]

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Transportation – Part III

Travel by Metro In my opinion, the safest source of transportation in Brazil is the metro or the subway.  Why?  Because each station is loaded with cameras, the prices are fixed and it is a lot faster than travelling above ground by bus or by taxi. However as in any city, it just makes common […]

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Animal Lovers

Brazilians love their pets, especially their dogs and there  are thousands of them being walked about the cities during various times of the day.  So to solve the animal waste problem in Sao Paulo, where there are more than 11 million people residing with over 2 million dogs, there are doggie-doo (waste) pick up sites […]

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Transportation – Part II

Travel By Bus Catching the bus was always an interesting experience. Using online maps such as Goggle Maps helped tremendously to determine where I was going, how long the ride would take and exactly what bus number I needed to catch to get from point A to point B. Sometimes I had to take a […]

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Transportation – Part I

Travel by Cab or Private Car If you decide to take a cab, make sure it is a yellow cab or at least a cab with a GPS, ensure that you have the name of the place you are going to on hand and sit and watch as the driver puts it into his GPS […]

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The Immigration Experience

One of the most difficult experiences you may have on your arrival and departure from Brazil may be your ‘run in’ with Immigration. This is not to say that they have the most inefficient immigration service in the world, but be very conscious of the fact that considering World Cup is this year, in Sao […]

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