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Subject: Traveling Brasil


Posted by James
On Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 16:17:16

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For the past few years i have wanted to visit Brazil because it just seems to be the most beautful, fun and sexiest place on earth to me. i am having a hard time getting my friends intrested in going with me so i'm thinking i might have to go alone. so my question is if any one has any adivce on things like places to go when to go where to stay away from etc... or if they wouldn't recommend going alone bearing in mind i'm a 20 yr old male from Canada.
thanx james.
RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by braslvr
On Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 16:56:38

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The one single best bit of advice I will give you is to definitely GO ALONE. As a young male, you will have so much more freedom, and you will want it once you are there. I've been there 11 times (always alone) in the past 5 years, and wouldn't have it any other way. Sometimes my plans change hourly when I'm there, and I really like being able to do what I want without consulting someone else.
RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by BigMike
On Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 01:10:41

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Yeah, I actually just got back from Brazil. I stayed for 2 weeks in Salvador da Bahia attending a language school to learn Portuguese. I also spent 5 days in Rio. I had a great time in both cities, but in different ways.

Going to the language school in Salvador was good because I met other people from around the world and we would hang out and go places in groups...which is more fun when it's a bar or a concert or something like that. During the day, I wasn't always hanging out with them and would usually just go different places and check things out on my own. It was the perfect setup in my opinion. It also helped me speak enough Portuguese that I would have been able to live there and not die. Of course, I had studied on my own for about 8-9 months before.

In Rio, I was by myself and didn't really meet anyone to hang out with, which made going to a club or bar out of the question for me (that's just how I am). I had a great time walking around during the day in Ipanema and Copacabana, but never went out at night since it's not the safest thing to do alone out there. That's the only drawback with going alone in my opinion. Now, if you speak Portuguese and are good at meeting people, then it might be a different story for you.

I recommend going to a language school while you're out there. You'll meet people that you can hang out with or not hang out with as you please and you'll learn how to communicate out there a little better. Of course, this costs a bit more, but I think it's worth it.
RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by BigMike
On Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 01:10:45

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Yeah, I actually just got back from Brazil. I stayed for 2 weeks in Salvador da Bahia attending a language school to learn Portuguese. I also spent 5 days in Rio. I had a great time in both cities, but in different ways.

Going to the language school in Salvador was good because I met other people from around the world and we would hang out and go places in groups...which is more fun when it's a bar or a concert or something like that. During the day, I wasn't always hanging out with them and would usually just go different places and check things out on my own. It was the perfect setup in my opinion. It also helped me speak enough Portuguese that I would have been able to live there and not die. Of course, I had studied on my own for about 8-9 months before.

In Rio, I was by myself and didn't really meet anyone to hang out with, which made going to a club or bar out of the question for me (that's just how I am). I had a great time walking around during the day in Ipanema and Copacabana, but never went out at night since it's not the safest thing to do alone out there. That's the only drawback with going alone in my opinion. Now, if you speak Portuguese and are good at meeting people, then it might be a different story for you.

I recommend going to a language school while you're out there. You'll meet people that you can hang out with or not hang out with as you please and you'll learn how to communicate out there a little better. Of course, this costs a bit more, but I think it's worth it.
RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by Jo
On Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 02:41:34

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I second Big Mike's opinion about the language school. That's a wonderful way to get started in the country. Another very good place with a good school is Maceió--Fast Forward is the school's name. I went there on my first trip to Brazil. As Big Mike said, you meet people and have a group to run around with for night stuff, and Maceió is a pretty safe city compared to others (I'm not well acquainted with Salvador).

At Fast Forward (good I-net site) they give great lessons, have at least 2 activities a week at night, you can stay with a family which may take you places too. Lots of Europeans go there and some Americans. Sometimes they have long weekend trips as well.

I recommend doing that if you can't get a friend to go with you, and even if you DO have a friend, it's a great way to begin a trip to the country unless you speak fluent Portuguese.

Good luck. I liked it so much that I'm now working in Recife and living by the beach.
RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by Big Mike
On Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 11:08:52

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Yeah, I've heard good things about Fast Forward. They have a school in São Paulo as well. They use materials from the University of São Paulo so it's supposed to be really good.
RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by Big Mike
On Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 11:08:56

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Yeah, I've heard good things about Fast Forward. They have a school in São Paulo as well. They use materials from the University of São Paulo so it's supposed to be really good.
RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by Colin
On Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 05:31:59

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In my opinion it is always better to travel alone unless you are involved in specialist expeditions such as mountaineering or caving. From your statements it would appear your mates are not particularly enthusiastic anyway and would more than likely become a drag on you.

If you travel with friends you generally do everything together and stay within a closed circle….often not deliberately…..but that’s the subconscious message a group gives out to the locals. Your whole trip would become nothing more than a predictably beach and drinking orgy with the lads. The only parts of Brazil you will end up seeing…is the view from the bottom of a Beer glass…!!

Going it alone means you have greater flexibility and independence to travel away from all the tourist crap….and you will be forced to make the effort to mix with the local people. Then you will learn elements of the language and experience the true culture. The whole trip would become far more unpredictable and adventurous….the way it should always be.

Southern Africa is my true speciality although I have lived and travelled in many other parts of the world as well. I visited South America/ Brazil for the first time in March and Brazil in my opinion is as good as it gets…especially for a young man such as you. Brazilians are among the most sociable and friendly people on the planet…..and the ladies are very beautiful…!!!

I personally loved Brazil and made many good friends over there…even though I could not speak the language. I intend going back this September….next year I intend travelling all over South America for a year or two.

May I suggest that instead of flying to Brazil you should consider crewing yacht’s to your destination. I never had any sailing experience, just went down to a few yacht clubs or Marinas and stuck some notices up on the boards. I have managed to crew to many destinations and it is a truly worth while experience.

20 years old and sailing to Rio……life just doesn’t get better than that in my view…..hope you have a super time..!!











RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by Colin
On Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 05:34:11

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In my opinion it is always better to travel alone unless you are involved in specialist expeditions such as mountaineering or caving. From your statements it would appear your mates are not particularly enthusiastic anyway and would more than likely become a drag on you.

If you travel with friends you generally do everything together and stay within a closed circle….often not deliberately…..but that’s the subconscious message a group gives out to the locals. Your whole trip would become nothing more than a predictably beach and drinking orgy with the lads. The only parts of Brazil you will end up seeing…is the view from the bottom of a Beer glass…!!

Going it alone means you have greater flexibility and independence to travel away from all the tourist crap….and you will be forced to make the effort to mix with the local people. Then you will learn elements of the language and experience the true culture. The whole trip would become far more unpredictable and adventurous….the way it should always be.

Southern Africa is my true speciality although I have lived and travelled in many other parts of the world as well. I visited South America/ Brazil for the first time in March and Brazil in my opinion is as good as it gets…especially for a young man such as you. Brazilians are among the most sociable and friendly people on the planet…..and the ladies are very beautiful…!!!

I personally loved Brazil and made many good friends over there…even though I could not speak the language. I intend going back this September….next year I intend travelling all over South America for a year or two.

May I suggest that instead of flying to Brazil you should consider crewing yacht’s to your destination. I never had any sailing experience, just went down to a few yacht clubs or Marinas and stuck some notices up on the boards. I have managed to crew to many destinations and it is a truly worth while experience.

20 years old and sailing to Rio……life just doesn’t get better than that in my view…..hope you have a super time..!!











RE: Traveling Brasil
Posted by thaïs
On Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 11:21:36

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i aslo think u should come alone. i mean, if u r not shy n speak a little bit of portuguese. going alone, u'll feel freer than w/ friends n wont b so interested in knowing ppl from here.
have fun!
bye
thaïs- the punk girl

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