Dear São Paulo Lovers, we are celebrating our first birthday and bringing everything we love about São Paulo: fashion, jewellery, drinks, food,cupcakes and more!

Come to our Birthday Edition of SP Night Market – lunch, shop, have a drink*, relax and meet new friends!

When: Saturday, 21 September, from 12pm to 9pm

Where: Escola São Paulo, Rua Augusta 2239, Jardins

Cost: Free Entry

* A welcome drink on arrival

** Chance to win dinners at some of our favourite restaurants in the city

See you all there!

SP Night Market Team

By Alison McGowan
September 9, 2013

Florianópolis is not exactly a hidden” destination in Brazil. Every year and particularly in high season, between December and March, the place fills with both local Brazilians and thousands of Argentinians. Fortunately most of these head for Jurer and Praia dos Ingleses and the highrise hotels and resorts on the island, leaving the lovely deserted Campeche beach for the surfers and travellers fortunate enough to have found the Pousada Natur Campeche.

This is a largish pousada as pousadas go and the emphasis is very much on sustainable tourism within eco-friendly principles. The 21 suites are all dotted around the leafy gardens so you never get the feeling that there are lots of people around. In the suites themselves there are mosquito netted beds with excellent bed linen, large bathrooms with solar powered showers, minibar and net TV. In the best ones there is also a Jacuzzi and all the themed suites have either a small garden or a veranda overlooking gardens, pool or sauna. A beautiful reading room featuring art from the “Paint a future” project and a sunny breakfast room complement the common spaces and there is wi-fi everywhere for those who can’t live without their emails.

I arrived during an electric storm and torrential rain. No problem. The super efficient staff got me settled in immediately and once in my room I was back in 7th heaven!

* Location of the pousada
* Friendly service
* Pool, sauna and reading room for guests
* Emphasis on sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices

Try a Different Place if…
… you want nightlife and boutique shops nearby

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on Visit her site at

Previous articles by Alison:

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By Jose Santiago
September 9, 2013

According to the current legislation, Brazil has state laws that require individuals recipient of donations/gifts and inheritance be taxed. For example, in the state of São Paulo, if I were to receive a donation of R$50,000 from my father as a gift or donation this year, I would have to pay 4% state tax or R$2,000, denominated ITCMD, Imposto de Transmissão Causa Mortis e Doaão.

In Rio de Janeiro, the state tax over such donations, the ITD, is levied by the Secretaria da Fazenda (SEFAZ-RJ) also with a rate of 4%.

However, there are a few ungenerous exemptions that also vary from state to state. Meaning, there is a minimum threshold that an individual can receive from another per year without getting taxed and that varies from state to state. In the state of São Paulo this threshold runs around R$40,000 per year.

Since many foreigners send frequent money transfers to their spouses and friends in Brazil, these laws play a bigger role in the scenario, especially because the government does not alert tax payers of the existence of such laws and individuals are frequently surprised when they get a government bill in the mail, because as always these bills come with heavy fines and interest added to the amount due.

Plus, when the bill is not paid nor legally disputed by the individual, the State usually sends his or her name and CPF to the CADIN or Cadastro de Inadimplentes, which is a database that registers bad payees and leaves a very negative registration to have under your name.

Nonetheless, it is not all bad news. Several people who got taxed in Brazil due to international wire transfers have sought legal assistance, taken their cases to court, challenged these state laws and have WON!

Recently the Highest State Court in São Paulo has ruled that this type of taxation is currently ILLEGAL for those who received money from individuals abroad, due to the lack of a Federal Law that regulates such money transfers and taxation procedures. This alone produced an important piece of jurisprudence which is being used in many other similar disputes.

In conclusion, extra care is necessary when transferring money into Brazil. Always consult an expert because these laws can be changed frequently and you do not want to get off guard. In addition, if you already received a bill, always consult with your own attorney before paying it, because currently there are legal remedies available.

Should you need additional information related to this matter, please feel free to contact my office.

Caveat: This reflect current Legislation (as off August of 2013), which can be changed at anytime by the Brazilian Governmental Agencies at their own discretion.

Jose C. Santiago
Attorney at Law
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September 9, 2013

This is our regular column called Ask a Brazilian”, the idea being that you can quite literally ask a question of a Brazilian – for those issues you aren’t sure about but perhaps dare not ask someone else. It is meant as a bit of fun and answers should not be construed as expert opinion or the definitive reply on the matter. For that reason we ask you to please send your own comments and experiences in order to add to our replies.

Hello, I am a Muslim university student from Canada, and I plan on doing an exchange program in Brazil in the coming summer of 2014. Since I’m muslim, I do wear the hijab (religious head scarf). My question to you is, what do the brazilians think of a woman who covers her hair, and if its going to be a problem. Will I be safe walking around?

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to hear from you soon!

— Hodan

There is no need to worry about wearing a hijab in Brazil, the only possible hassle is maybe coming on Summer, as it can get very hot in some regions.

Just like Canada, Brazil is a melting pot, famous for its people’s diversity and freedom of religion. Especially if you go to Bahia or anywhere close to the amazon jungle, where the array of churches and beliefs is vast.

As any other country in the American Continent, we had massive waves of immigration, mostly from Portugal, Italy, Japan and Africa (all over). But unlike Canada, the people tend to amalgamate very easily, given the friendly and open atmosphere of the country. Thus Religious syncretism is very common all around and it’s actually easy to see Catholic elements (like the Holy Mother) mixed with African Gods in the same religion, being worshiped together. From an anthropological perspective this type of religious practice is commom when different civilizations merge or live closely together.

The important thing is that people respect each other very much in all states of Brazil. Racism is something very much lighter when compared to Canada or especially the USA and Brazilian people are friendly regardless of your beliefs. By the way, the hijab can be seen as something intriguing here and people will certainly start a conversation with you all the time.

Welcome to Brazil!


Our Brazilian-You-Can-Ask is Rodrigo, the Academic Director of Wikipedia’s article on Islam in Brazil.) You would be targeted not for religious beliefs but as a tourist.

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Sept 08, 2013

On Saturday, September 14th, the INC will celebrate the new edition of the Dicas city guide to São Paulo. A handbook for newcomers to São Paulo, called by some ‘the must-have bible to the city’, filled with tips, information and recommendations by our members. Our club, International Newcomers’ Club of São Paulo is famous for this publication and copies are spread throughout the city by our members, relocation companies and (international) schools.

We invite all newcomers, expats and others to join us at this party for an evening filled with fun, food and drinks, music and a charity raffle with beautiful prizes to support the children of Vila Acalanto.

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Sept 08, 2013

The St. Andrew Society of São Paulo cordially invites you to the 89th edition of the Caledonian Ball. One of São Paulo’s premiere events, the Caledonian Ball, is a wonderful Scottish evening with something for everyone.

Where: Rosa Rosarum, Rua Francisco Leitao 416, Pinheiros
When: Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8pm
Dress: Kilts / Black Tie
Cost: R$270 per person (R$200 under 30 yrs, over 70 yrs and teachers). All profit donated to children’s Charities Discount: Mention that you saw this Ad and get a 5% discount.

Dance Practices: Sept. 2, 16, 30 from 8pm at Brazilian British Center , Rua Ferreira de Araujo, 741, Pinheiros.
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