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Subject: Travel Advice for Female travellers


Posted by ALP
On Monday, January 08, 2001 at 13:50:51

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A Question to All
I am going to Brazil in February with a friend for the carnival. Does anybody have any tips or suggestions on what to do, what not to do with regards to safety because we are young, females travelling alone for the first week?
RE: Travel Advice for Female travellers
Posted by Paulo
On Friday, January 19, 2001 at 11:33:15

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Be careful. Carnaval is typically a drunken fest of mayhem in general and sexual miconduct in particular. It is not uncommon for lower class Brazilian men (especially those who have consumed a little too much in the way of adult beverages) to sexually harass and even assault women. I would advise you to watch out for yourself. It would be wise to dress modestly. In Brazil, immodest dress is often interpreted as an open invitation. It's the same mentality that we saw here in New York during the last Puerto Rican Day Parade.
RE: Travel Advice for Female travellers
Posted by Benjamin
On Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 11:09:48

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I think the above response was a little harsh. I┤m an American male who has lived here in Rio for three years. I actually think that modest dress, especially at Carnaval, will draw attention as many Brazilian women are less than modest in their dress (even at the office.) That┤s not to say that you shouldn┤t be careful but you knew that anyway. We have many female friends visit us here and, Grašas a Deus, have never had a problem. My advice: Enjoy yourself and take the same care that you would in any large city.

Um abrašo,
Benjamin
RE: Travel Advice for Female travellers
Posted by Benjamin
On Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 11:10:06

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I think the above response was a little harsh. I┤m an American male who has lived here in Rio for three years. I actually think that modest dress, especially at Carnaval, will draw attention as many Brazilian women are less than modest in their dress (even at the office.) That┤s not to say that you shouldn┤t be careful but you knew that anyway. We have many female friends visit us here and, Grašas a Deus, have never had a problem. My advice: Enjoy yourself and take the same care that you would in any large city.

Um abrašo,
Benjamin

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