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Subject: hi!


Posted by tha´s
On Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 08:15:03

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hi there! im 16 n im a girl from rio de janeiro- brazil. just would like 2 know people who like my wonderful country n maybe get new email pals.
bye
tha´s-- the punk girl
RE: hi!
Posted by Tanya
On Tuesday, June 04, 2002 at 22:25:32

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Hi, Thais!!

I'm 25, and I'm from the States. I love Brazil and hope to visit one day, but for now, I live in the beautiful state of Florida.

I'm studying Portuguese and learning about Brazil. How did you learn English??
RE: hi!
Posted by detroitblue
On Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 20:32:53

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hi I am from Hollywood Califonia I love Brazil I may visit very soon I am learning portuguesI am a 22 yearold actor I hope to soon own a house in Brazil soon e mail me and tell me all about yourself and Brazil...
RE: hi!
Posted by detroitblue
On Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 20:33:15

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hi I am from Hollywood Califonia I love Brazil I may visit very soon I am learning portuguesI am a 22 yearold actor I hope to soon own a house in Brazil soon e mail me and tell me all about yourself and Brazil...
Oi, tudo bem?
Posted by Adam
On Thursday, June 06, 2002 at 22:27:23

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Oi, meu nome e Adam. Sou de Los Angeles e
estou visitando RJ em agosto. Desculpe, nao
falo portugues muito bem....fala ingles? I have
been to SP and RJ before and I loved RJ so
much that Im returning in august for 11 days.
Email me if you'd like...Beijos
Detroit Blue
Posted by Khay
On Monday, June 10, 2002 at 02:08:16

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Hey Detroit Blue,

I assume that you are originally from Detroit. I had a friend from there who I met through this website who was also a big Brazilian fan. He went to Bahia and he just fell in love. He was all into Afro-Brazilain culture and just couldn't get enough of it. I currently live on the West Coast in Seattle. I am here for a little over a year from New York - an East Coaster like yourself. I just wanted to know what were your plans to buy a home in Brazil? I have the same plans and I have checked out some Brazzilian real estate on the web. The problem was that the info that I found was rather limited and seemed to be geared towards the American corporate types who want to live in Brazil but with the typical surburban lifestyle and associated comforts.
What kind of place did you have in mind? A Condo, home, townhome? Just curious. I had another friend who owned a Condo in Bahia, and I am wondering how to do this. Another person I met, e-mailed me with the costs of buying a studio or one bedroom which was about $30,000 - $50,000, and a three bedroom home at a cost of $200,000(these prices are about two years old). If you calculate the exchange rate at a conservative $1 U.S. dollar = $1.50 Brazilain Real(pronounced 'hey-al') then you could probably afford to buy one. Where in Brazil would you like to live? Since you are an actor are you also considering doing that same kind of work in Brazil?

I want to buy one of the old Colonial, stucco homes and have the expereince of actually living in Brazilian home. I do not want a transplanted American, surburban lifestyle. I dont know if you have been to Brazil yet but you definitely must go to Rio and visit the old neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Real Brazilian architecture! Absolutely lovely if you like colonial architecture. Charming and Romantic with pastel colors of pink, blue, white and yellow and gardens and flowers and everything green everywhere. Just absolutely beautiful. It is also on a hill so you get really spectacular views. The Santa Teresa Trolley goes there. So when you go, take the trolley. They are old and they shake and rattle their way up the hill. It is an experience not to be missed. I hope one day to buy a home there in Santa Teresa. Of course there are all kinds of beautiful homes and views all over Rio.

I even went to the favela of Rocinha. I was absolutely astounded by the views that they had of the city. It is really more of a neighborhood that a favela, but that is my opinion. Rocinha is on a hillside and at the top of the hill you can see for miles and miles oceans, high rises and the neighborhoods of Copacabana and Impanema. You are actually looking down upon hundreds of high rises - that is how beautiful the views are. The tour guide who was born in Rocinha and had lived there all his life told me that all kinds of people lived there including professionals such as engineers. I found that hard to believe but he said it was true because the cost of living there was much cheaper than other parts of the city. I must say however that it was still very nice. What I saw of Rocinha was hard-working, decent people living in pretty decent homes and children running everywhere. My guide said that about ten years ago the place was a real shanty town. At that time mostly everything there was built of cardboard, tin sheets and wood. Now mostly everything is built of stucco and stone. Now they have running water, electricity and bus service. It is really amazing because the place just looks like a big maze. There are no street signs anywhere but no one gets lost. They even have mail service. I found it just amazing. It was funny because one the women on our tour was Greek, and she kept worrying that the kids running around would get lost. Our tour guide laughed at her and told that most likely the children knew the streets better than most adults. That was another thing I found odd. Kids were running all over the place and looking quite happy. It wasn't like here where you're afraid to let your kids go out of the house or you tell them they can only play in front yard.

I thought Rocinha was nice, but then of course I was just a tourist on a two hour tour. I would absolutely recommend this tour for everyone. It really gives you an insight into how many Cariocas live and that much of their lifestyle is like that of most hard-working Americans. I even went one day by myself. Being that I was Black, I'd figured that I probably wouldn't stick out much and that I would most likely blend in. I was right! Ha Ha. What a gamble. There are all kinds of people living in Rocinha so most likely anyone can blend in. Just make sure you have a tan. Cariocas have no respect for the untanned skin. It is quite unforgivable. When you see the people there they all have these beautiful sun-kissed complexions. From the darkest to the lightest, everyone there has skin that just glows. My second trip there by myself was even more fun. I took the bus that went through the neighborhood. Understand however that I did not walk through the neighborhood by myself! After I got there, I went to one of the little moped taxi cab companies. That's right. They have these cab companies that use mopeds! For the most part Roncinha is so huge that people use these moped taxis to get from one part of the neighborhood to the other. When I was there a trip through the neighborhood was just $1.00. They will also take you anywhere else in Rio that you care to go. I took the moped taxi from Rocinha back to my hotel in Copacabana for only $5.00. I was so surprised by the low cost that I gave my driver an additional $5.00 tip. I also tipped him because he got me there safely. These guys are very good. They can ride through all kinds of traffic and they even ride between the lanes. Whew! This is another experience that you might like to try.

I also walked around Copacabana and Impanema. they are fairly safe neighborhoods especially for tourist. Copacabana is nice and filled with mid-rise apartment building covered with thousands and thousands of little ceramic tiles. It looks something like a mosaic. Some of the building are green, blue, lavender and tan colored tiles. Quite different from what you see here in America. I liked Impanema better though. It is also filled with condos and apartment buildings, but much more posher. It is still Brazilian because everything is landscaped with that beautiful, Brazilain greenery which makes this city so beautiful. And dont forget the beaches and mountains! If you want to buy a home in Rio, make sure you have convenient access to the beaches. They are really gorgeous. The water is not placid or gentle. It is full of motion and life. Also get a home located on a hillside because you'll have absolutely breath taking views. The views alone will just energize you! If you have any other questions you'd like to ask or any info you'd like to share just let me know. You'll love Brazil and you will not be disappointed.

I really do hope all of you guys make it there and throughly enjoy yourselves.

Khay in Seattle
RE: hi!
Posted by BigMike
On Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 17:11:22

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Hi! I actually just got back from a 3 week trip to Salvador and Rio and pretty much fell in love with Rio. I'm already planning a return trip. I would love to email with anyone who lives in Rio or anywhere in Brasil for that matter!

My email is atedrtyjive@hotmail.com.

cya!
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Posted by BigMike
On Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 17:11:39

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Hi! I actually just got back from a 3 week trip to Salvador and Rio and pretty much fell in love with Rio. I'm already planning a return trip. I would love to email with anyone who lives in Rio or anywhere in Brasil for that matter!

My email is atedrtyjive@hotmail.com.

cya!
RE: hi!
Posted by BigMike
On Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 17:11:42

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Hi! I actually just got back from a 3 week trip to Salvador and Rio and pretty much fell in love with Rio. I'm already planning a return trip. I would love to email with anyone who lives in Rio or anywhere in Brasil for that matter!

My email is atedrtyjive@hotmail.com.

cya!

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