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Life in Brazil, through the eyes of an expat living in Brazil since 2007
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Niteroi to Nova Friburgo

Niteroi to Nova Friburgo | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Today the letter is 'N' Niterói is a city in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nicknamed "The Smile City" (Cidade Sorriso), it is just a short ferry ride from downtown Rio across Guanabara Bay. ...
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Lago Azul to Lencois Maranhenses

Lago Azul to Lencois Maranhenses | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Today is the letter 'L' Lago Azul (Blue Lake) large cave with a luminous underground lake  and stalactite formations 20km west of Bonito. It’s often the postcard view of Bonito, and is worth seeing...
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No Jaguars in João Pessoa

No Jaguars in João Pessoa | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Today letter is 'J' Jaguars The jaguar ( Panthera onca) is a big cat, a feline in the Panthera genus, and is the only Panthera species found in the Americas. The jaguar is the third-largest feline ...
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Hidden Pousadas for Heloísa

Hidden Pousadas for Heloísa | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Letter of the day 'H' Heloísa, the girl who inspired the song, Garota de Ipanema, in the 1960s. (John Maier, Jr. / The Image Works) Heloísa When they wrote 'the girl from Ipanema'  they had a muse,...
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Embu to Emilio

Embu to Emilio | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Today is 'E' and not many places in Brazil start with 'E', but I managed to find Embu, also Embu das Artes, is a Brazilian city in the State of São Paulo. It is a suburb of the capital. The populat...
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Cariocas

Cariocas | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
'C' is the letter of the day 'Cariocas' the dictionary tells us is 1. A native or inhabitant of Rio de Janeiro.......... but I didn't know it's also a. A dance similar to the samba. b. The music fo...
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A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
I have foolishly entered the A to Z Blogging challenge.  Explained as such......................... "As the A to Z Challenge kicks off, prepare for adventure!  You will be challenged to write a dai...
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Navigating the Rivers of Brazil Travel Article at Expatify

Amazon The Amazon is not only the largest river in Brazil,  but also in the whole world. Its total flow is larger than that of the rest of the next rivers
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Brazil protesters occupy controversial Amazon dam

Brazil protesters occupy controversial Amazon dam | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) March 21, 2013 - More than 150 fishermen and indigenous people on Thursday began occupying one of four construction sites for Brazil's huge Belo Monte dam in the Amazon, the lawyer for a group fighting the project said.

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Brazil landslides claim at least 24 lives

Brazil landslides claim at least 24 lives | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) March 19, 2013 - At least 24 people were killed by landslides spawned by heavy rains in a mountainous area of the Brazilian sate of Rio de Janeiro, authorities said Tuesday.

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Airport check-in vocabulary | Fun With Brazilian Portuguese

Airport check-in vocabulary | Fun With Brazilian Portuguese | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
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I personally have never struggled and not needed any Portuguese at Rio or Sao Paulo airports. On saying that this is a handy guide especially if you are travelling through smaller airports, better be prepared. I never have had a problem at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport and though I have only used it three times find it to be a normal experience as opposed to the high security nightmare you face at Heathrow. Heathrow does indeed have better shopping and I must commend terminal fives shopping experience, just a shame no-one has much time to shop due to having spent their time queing to get through security, the prices are a little extreme so probably just as well.

Rio has two airports, the main one Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport is so easy and the staff always pleasant. The shopping could be a lot better and the duty free tends to close at odd times but you can shop in the duty free not only when you leave Brazil but also on your arrival. Rio will struggle with size for the upcoming events, World Cup 2014 etc.and already we are seeing it much more congested than 6 years ago, when we first arrived. There's also more English spoken, more English magazines and books in the newsagents, more bilingual signs and more English speaking travellers arriving. They are expanding and intoducing new flights all the time, thank goodness.

Rio also has a smaller airport, Santos Dumont Airport. I have never personally used it which is a shame as it is set on a landfill right on the water in Guanabara bay. If you take the ferry from Niteroi to Rio (or vice versa) you can clearly see the airport and the planes take off and land, in fact if you're lucky you may see one land and it looks so close that you feel compelled to duck down for fear of it crashing into your ferry (not that ducking would do you much good!). 

The beauty of visiting Brazil by plane is that your bags can be 32kg and no airline can charge you extra weight prices, the airlines just have to suck up the costs themselves, one little thing that makes life easier for some. I do believe Brazil is the last country on earth to allow this this practice, I thank you Brazil, it saves me a fortune as I always return with 10 bags plus (didn't I mention I like shopping). 

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Brazil Should Learn From the United States' Drug War Mistakes - Huffington Post (blog)

Brazil Should Learn From the United States' Drug War Mistakes - Huffington Post (blog) | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Brazil Should Learn From the United States' Drug War Mistakes
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I am very concerned about the current proposal in Brazil because I lived in Sao Paulo for several years and my 11-year-old son still lives there.
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Completely agree, good article.

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A week in Cidade Maravilhosa, the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro | Adrian Seah

A week in Cidade Maravilhosa, the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro | Adrian Seah | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it

Home to the largest carnival in the world, the fabled Carnaval and set enviably amongst the stunning natural surrounds of Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in South America. The stomping ground of the rich and famous as well as the more budget constrained traveller, Rio was the next stop for us after São Paulo along the well worn tourist trail..

We prepared for our arrival in Rio by watching José Padilha’s Tropa de Elite (gang violence in Rio and the elite police squad tasked to combat them), City of God (gang violence in the Cicade de Deus suburb of Rio) and Rio, the animated feature. Not sure to expect drug lords with AK-47s ruling the streets and street kids toting handguns or colourful macaws singing and dancing along to a Samba beat when we arrived, we got off the bus with expectations for pretty much both ends of the spectrum.

I have to report that fortunately (unfortunately?) we saw neither, the few macaws that we saw at Jardim Botanico were gorged full on bananas and lazily preening themselves, they could hardly be bothered to fly, let alone sing and dance, and the kids we saw on the beach were more interested in selling us Caipirinhas than crack coccaine. We hear that things have been cleaned up significantly in recents times, ostensibly for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics and that favelas, traditionally the hotbed of crime, had mostly been ‘pacified’.

Caipirinhas for 5 reals on the beach anyone?


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Thomas Menk's curator insight, December 18, 2012 2:41 AM
Adrian left his job as an advertising Creative Director in August 2012 to travel Africa and South America for a year with his wife, documenting these beautiful places with the Fuji X-Pro1.
expatbrazil.co.uk's comment, March 17, 2013 10:08 PM
It is amazing that the perception of Rio can be so far away from the reality that I personally experience. I live about an hour away in Saquarema and its so laid-back its almost horizontal. Of course there are social problems and crime in Rio and all Brazil but which country hasn't these problems? Personally my family and I have not once felt threatened in anyway since living in Brazil. When in Rio I am very aware I am in a big city and try not to do anything stupid, as I would in any big city in any country. I stay in populated areas, don't wear a lot of bling, use taxis etc. I have had nothing but kindness shown to me by the vast majority of Brazilians I have met, I have made many friends. Please don't let Hollywood put you off Brazil, as Bob Dylan sang, "the times they are a changing" and Brazil is on the up. Come visit and decide for yourself it will change you forever, if you let it.
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Manaus to the MAR

Manaus to the MAR | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
 Today is the letter 'M' Manaus is the Amazon’s largest city, an incongruous pocket of urbanity in the middle of the jungle, a major port for ocean vessels that’s 1500km from the ocean. The rain fo...
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Kite-surfing and Kayaking

Kite-surfing and Kayaking | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Today is the letter 'K' Kite-Surfing is getting popular in Brazil and at most beaches you will see one or two kite surfers. A little research, and apparently the best place, discovered in 1999 by k...
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Iguaçu Falls to the Indians

Iguaçu Falls to the Indians | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Today letter is 'I' Iguaçu Falls. This magnificent array of waterfalls is located in Southern Brasil in the state of Parana on the border between Argentina and Brasil. They stretch for 2.5 miles pl...
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Feijoada in Florianópolis

Feijoada in Florianópolis | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Today is 'F'   Florianópolis, a city situated on an island in southeastern Brazil, is modern and cosmopolitan yet also blessed with tremendous natural beauty. Floripa, as it is called by locals, sh...
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Dances and Dogs

Dances and Dogs | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
I finally find the link to the individual letters. 'D' is for Destinations, and Brazil has plenty of incredible places to visit, sadly not many start with a 'D', in fact I could only find the one, ...
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Brazilian Beauties

Brazilian Beauties | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
 'B'   So, day two of the A to Z challenge, my personal list of A to Z  of all things Brazilian. A look at some Brazilian Beauties. So thanks again to wikipedia for a  great list of Brazilian ...
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Top 10 places in South America to visit this Easter - A Luxury Travel Blog

Top 10 places in South America to visit this Easter - A Luxury Travel Blog | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
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If it luxury travel you're after this is the place to find it. I am liking the Amazon cruise, sailing down the Amazon on a floating boutique hotel and you get to visit the area of the pink dolphins, wow, how can it get better than that. Easter Island and a spa, that's sound too perfect but to be honest I'm not that fussy they all look great.

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Plan a Brazilian Adventure

Plan a Brazilian Adventure | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Had a very busy week and the internet has been even more challenging than normal. So I have spent my time researching various ideas to showcase Brazilian cities in a new way. I have come across a t...
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South America, Surf Accommodation | Fui Surfar Saquarema - Brazil *Gone Surfing*

South America, Surf Accommodation | Fui Surfar Saquarema - Brazil *Gone Surfing* | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
There's a comfortable, inexpensive place to stay in Saquerema that is just a little less than 300 feet from those amazing waves.
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I'll come and check you out.

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Dogs in Brazil

Dogs in Brazil | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
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Please Share and support Dog Rescue.


These wonderful people rescue Brazilian street dogs. I personally have rescued 8 dogs here in Brazil, these people go way beyond that and they need and deserve some real support. Please look at their blog and their incredible dogs. Please help if you can. This family lost everything, home and business in the devasting landslides of a couple of years ago, they live in the mountains above Rio, yet still they rescue dogs, real angels. Any support you can offer would be wonderful. Check out their blog and make a donation if you can.


Please share and help them rescue more street dogs

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expatbrazil.co.uk's comment, March 21, 2013 7:22 PM
For the record I have never met or even spoken to these wonderful people I saw their details on another blog and their story touched me and I wanted to share.
Janice Cabral's comment, March 22, 2013 9:16 AM
Thank you so much for your support. Please come and visit us anytime.
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Oscar Niemeyer Tribute: 52 Meter High Mural in Brazil

Oscar Niemeyer Tribute: 52 Meter High Mural in Brazil | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
The impact of a single death can bring new life to the world. After offering his best ideas to the architectural field, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer's portrait adorns one side of a skyscraper...
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Urban wingsuit flying in Rio de Janeiro (Video) : theCHIVE

Urban wingsuit flying in Rio de Janeiro (Video) : theCHIVE | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
But to Jokke Sommer it's just a thing you do Tuesday mornings. Here he is doing it in Rio de Janeiro with Ludovic Woerth ...
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