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Adam


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I'm planning on taking a short trip to Rio after Carnaval, near the end of Febuary. I have a ticket that expires in March and I will only have enough money for a weekend trip (since Im in school). In June I will be returning, but most likely to Sp for volunteer work. Anyways, I was wondering if someone (who has taken a good amount of trips to Brasil) can tell me if it would be worth it to stay for only a few days. I would like to make the most of it, but I dont want to be hanging out by myself the whole time. Ive heard of a few american clubs (ex pats and such), but is this a good place to go? Or should I just work with my knowledge of portuguese and meet people that way. Maybe someone who has taken short trips can tell me what they did. (Patinho, maybe you can tell me how difficult it was speaking broken portuguese in the Nordeste)

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Adam


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I listen to whatever is on the brazilian music charts, read about brazil, talk over icq to brazilians (thanks to apple computer's new translation service), eat at brazilian resturants (if youre ever in San Diego, go to Cafe Melodia), I mention Brazil to my friends at least 3 times a day, and thanks your suggestions I even swear in portuguese (and russian, italian, and spanish..wide variety of friends). I need my head examined. That is why I need to take this trip...if you were wondering. (remember what your mother told you, "if you have nothing nice to say...."

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Tchau

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Adam


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It doesnt have to be Rio, but I figured since I didnt get to experience the culture when I was there...Also is it cheaper to fly to Recife or Salvador?  

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Tchau

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If you're going at the end of February then you are going BEFORE Carnival (which is the first week of March this year).  As nuts as you are about Brazil, I would say that it WOULD be worth it to go for only a couple days... but that's really for you to decide.  You must have VERY little money, because I bet you could stay at a decent hotel and get by on US$60 a day (hotel, food, and spending money included).  If you're outgoing, you should be able to make some friends on the beach on your first or second day and hang out with them for the rest of your trip.  I find beachgoers of Rio very friendly and open to adopt gringoes.

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Adam


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I thought Carnaval was the same days every year, but I looked it up only after I posted. I will have more money than that, but it will be limited, since I have none saved as of today. Thanks for the advice!

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Tchau

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Patinho



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I have only taken one "weekend trip" to Brazil, it was an odd situation in which I got to spend 2 days in SP on free airfare.

I must say that you sound as passionate about Brazil as I am. And the fact that your ticket expires soon, I say go for it!  It seems that my flight to SP was longer than my stay, but just having the opportunity to eat authentic Brazilian food and down a couple of Brahmas in the SP night life was well worth it.

Have you ever been to Brazil? If I could only go for 1 day... I would do it. Plus the fact that you already have a ticket means you don't really have a choice to make (in my book).

The people in the nordeste were amazing. My first trip was very difficult, the culture shock and all... but luckily I had my freinds to lean on, they spoke English. I find that most Brazilians consider it a compliment that you even attempt to speak portuguese. Most will be patient and help you along... so don't even worry about that. You will soak it up like a sponge.

Just remember to brush up on the do's and don'ts of being a tourist... especially in a city like Rio where you might look like an easy meal.

Airfare is cheaper to Rio, then SP, then Fortaleza. Rio and SP are about the same actually.

Now you really want my personal advice? I don't like to travel alone or have no freinds waiting to meet me. If that is the way it has to be.. then ok. But I prefer to have a connection waiting.

Here is what I would do. Go to this website I will give you. I have been going here for 5 years and I have met many "internet freinds". You will be in an English Chat room on a Brazilian site. Once there, make freinds with someone, particularly someone from your destination city. If the "freindship" kicks off, then talk to this person as much as possible through messengers and e-mail over the next 2 months. (Maybe even talk to multiple people). Then tell them you are visiting Rio and would like some help, advice, a guide, etc...

I have met many nice people that have offered to show me around if I ever visit. Just remember to get ages of the people you are talking to. You don't want a 12 year old offering to show you around Cinelandia. KnowatImean?

ok here's the address: http://www.zaz.com.br/chat

on the left click in "IDIOMAS"
then you will have to choose a room... Spanish, Arabic, Basic English 1, 2, or 3.. Advanced English 1, 2, or 3.  There are several others. There will be the number of people in the rooms in ( ) on the right side of the name. Go to one with 20 or more people. Advance and Beginners English doesn't really make a difference. Just pick one. Once you pick a room, type a name in the box above, type a number provided in the box to the right of the rooms and you are in!

"ENVIAR" sends messages... "Sair da sala" exits the room. I am sure you can figure the rest out with a little time.
This is a VERY popular chat among Brazilians and there are always alot of people in it during normal waking hours. It is also the best chat setup and easiest room to navigate and use that I have ever seen.

If you have trouble or need anything else, feel free to e-mail me. Patinho__@hotmail.com (that's 2 _ _ after Patinho)

Good luck Adam! And let us know how it turns out!

(Edited by Patinho at 2:07 am on Jan. 14, 2003)

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