Rio Carnaval 2005

Carnaval in Rio is one of the biggest and most famous parties in the world. But nowadays the hip tourists prefer Salvador and many Cariocas leave the city to celebrate Carnaval in a more relaxed atmosphere. The mais attraction in Rio has traditionally been the parade of the samba schools in the cust...

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Reveillon in Rio

Carnaval is almost surpassed by Reveillon (New Years Eve) as Rio`s biggest party. All neighborhoods have their own firework show, but by far the grandest and most popular is in Copacabana. Each year about two million people gather on the beach to see the fireworks and the various concerts. All hotel...

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Feliz Natal (Merry Christmas)

Brazilians are like little children who can`t wait for their birthday to start and wake up their parrents in the midle of the night to receive their presents. They start celebrating Christmas at the earliest opportunity, the stroke of midnight of the 24th. The champagne is opened, and you can finall...

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Quem tem boca……

Quem tem boca vai at? Roma is a Portuguese exprssion that means you can get everywhere (or ar least to Rome) by asking. Rome isn?t very hard to reach, because all roads are leading there, but this is not a Portuguese expression. The expression sums up the main difference between the way I?m travelli...

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Travessia dos Fortes

To sun and samba Rio wants to add sport. They did?t make it to the shortlist for the 2012 Olympics, probably because of the violence. But in 2007 they are hosting an other important event: The Pan-American games. As a warm up, and to show the world they can organize big sporting events, a series [&h...

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Surprising Brazil

Everybody has a set of knowledge and expectations about each country in the world. With a country like Benin it doesn?t go much further than ?Africa, isnt?t it??. Brazil is in the blessed circumstance that people all over the world have positive feelings about it. As is shown by the number of people...

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Brazilian TV

Brazilian TV equals TV Globo equals telenovelas. There are other channels as well, and Globo does have other programs, but the equation isn?t to far from the truth. TV Globo has accomplished a monopoly of the mind by being the first and having the best broadcast facilities. Cable is not very common ...

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My Apartment

Brazil is the same as Europe but with a different twist. If you want to rent an apartment, you read the classifieds in the paper (O Globo and O Dia are the best) and you contact real estate agencies. Just remember that one room means one bedroom and a living room. The same goes for […]

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Rio on My Mind

The sea, beaches and mountains make Rio a beautiful city. The Carioca?s make it a friendly city. Twelve million inhabitants make it a vibrant city. All this combines makes it the ?cidade maravilhosa?. One year will give me the time to explore it all. From Fla-Flu in the Maraca?a stadium to Jorge Ara...

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