March 11, 2014

Get out your dancing shoes, fancy dresses, tuxedos, party jewels and gather your friends to make

plans for the 2014 American Society GALA fundraiser on Friday, May 9, 2014, at the Buffet Colonial

in Moema. Once a year, we invite all our members and friends to join us in this elegant event. You

will enjoy your evening from the moment your car is swept away by the valet, until you’ve danced

the last dance.

This event, while certainly a wonderful chance for us to all socialize, renew old friendships, and

win wonderful prizes, is also a chance for us to give back to needy children in São Paulo, Brazil.

The food, atmosphere, and service last year were terrific, and we expect more of the same in 2014.

The evening will begin with cocktails and the silent auction. Afterward, we will move into the

dining room for the live auction, a performance by the children from one of our charities, and a

buffet dinner, followed by dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

Proceeds from the live and silent auctions will go to support two of our charities- Associaão

Criana Brasil (ACB) and Lar Tia Edna (LTE). ACB, a charity that provides educational daycare &

after school programs for more than 500 children ages 6 months to 15 years, will use the proceeds

to send 2-3 teachers to a specialized training program to learn to teach art, music, and reading

to the children. LTE, a children’s home that houses 12 children ages 5 to 20 will use the

donations to improve their facilities so that they can qualify for government aid.

Gather your friends and reserve your table NOW! Tickets are on sale beginning March 6th for R$300

per person, R$2400 for a table that seats 8. After April 1, the price will increase to R$375 per

person. We expect the event to sell out at 320 guests, so don’t delay. Woody Dunstan will be

back as our favorite auctioneer, and Jason Bermingham has graciously agreed to be our Master of

Ceremonies again.

Auction items are already rolling in and will include hotel stays, beautiful works by São Paulo

artists, delectable dinners, spa treatments, jewelry, and electronics. If you have an item to

donate, please contact the AMSOC office.

When: Friday May 9, 2014. 7:30 pm cocktails and silent auction. 9:30 pm dinner/live auction.

Dancing to follow

Tickets are available beginning March 6 by contacting the AMSOC office at Tickets may also be purchased at the

International Newcomers Club BAZAAR from 9-12 noon on March 12 at the Espace Escandinavo, Rua Job

Lane, 1030, Alto da Boa Vista.

Come enjoy a lively evening, and support the children of Lar Tia Edna and Associão Criana


Contact Judy Zanchi, GALA Chairman
99621-2215 or

By Chip Kishel
March 11, 2014

A story of a young American boy and his family living in Brazil from 1962 to 1964.

My life as a young boy in the small town of Strongsville, Ohio before the summer of 1962 was fairly basic. We lived on a dead end street that continued a short distance unpaved. I attended a local parochial school about 3 miles away, my newly married sister would visit during the evenings my father taught night class at Fenn College in Cleveland. My brother, Bill being 9 years older had a Vespa and a host of his own friends who would hang out at the house while the ole man” was teaching.

The end of the above life style ended on July 1, 1962. By August 1, 1962 we were in Brooklin.

Mrs. Beebe’s house (The Brooklin House)
The first home we moved into belonged to an elderly English women named Mrs. Beebe. She was a small statured, very proper individual. How my father found this home still remains a mystery to me although I’m sure Uncle Sam had some influence locating this property. Referring back to my basic upbringing in the States, one can imagine the shock of residing in a compound like home thousands of miles away from one’s country… and being 10 years old. Although I was with my parents and brother, inside I felt alone and scared to death. The Brooklin house was outfitted with maids quarters as well as a small residence at the end of the property. The small residence housed the chauffer and his family.

Each room had a buzzer to, which if pushed would turn an indicator flap in the kitchen and point out which room needed to be attended to. I recall pushing the button and trying to ask for chocolate milk. The maids spoke no English, but they knew some English phrases and figured out what I wanted. The idea of telling someone to get you something was very foreign to me, as I was taught to ask for what I wanted.

Streetcars ran parallel to the property. Stories of streetcars were told to me back in the States as remnants of their tracks remained embedded in Cleveland Streets. But now, they actually existed in Brazil. I was fascinated by these old relics that were very much active throughout São Paulo. I recall wandering outside of the house walls to look down the tracks both ways.

The Birth of the American Moleque
The Brooklin house was surrounded by walled houses of various social status including some empty apartments. The neighborhood across the tracks was run down and poor. The Brazilian kids who noticed me were not friendly. I remember a small wooden storefront nearby. I walked in to try to buy a Coca Cola. I did not return as I was swindled out of my money. Fortunately later that week we were visited by our American friends who told us about the dangers of being an American young man, so for the rest of my time at the Brooklin House I always had some kind of friend or escort.

My brother gave me an 8″ switchblade knife for my pocket if I ever needed it, and I did.

My American friend and I were walking down the Street Car tracks about miles from home. Three moleques surrounded my friend and I and wanted money. I pulled my switchblade from my pocket and snapped it open. The moleques picked up rocks. No one was stabbed or hurt, but we did walk away knowing that the next two years were going to be long.

My first fight and standoff transformed me into a moleque as well, and the rest of my stay in Brazil was peppered with fights and general misbehavior.

Chip Kishel and his wife Agnes reside in the small town of Sylvania, Georgia. Chip works for Houghton International as a contract Site Manager for Koyo Needle Bearing LLC. Chip’s hobbies include custom vintage Honda Motorcycle Restoration and his wife is an accomplished equestrian trainer specializing in dressage, cross country and stadium jumping.

By Ed Freeman
March 11, 2014

2014, the year we’ve all been waiting for; the year we proudly reveal to the world’s hungry eyes how this great nation is primed for growth and prosperity. How we have grabbed this unique opportunity to showcase our founding premise of order and progress and play host to the world. So, please, come on in and make yourself at home, and get ready for the biggest entertainment spectacle on the planet, welcome to The FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

Well, that was the prescript anyway; the reality is somewhat less celebratory. As Brazil attempts to dust off the riot rubble of public protest that plagued much of 2013, we can now, as the final countdown begins, expect the all too familiar pre-tournament press bashing to intensify.

Such journalistic interrogation has become oh so predictable in recent years, with the BRICS, the much celebrated quintet of emerging powerhouses grabbing most of the damning accolades. China hosted the 2008 Olympic Games and were branded heavy handed for their rigorous media censorship, whilst the success of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa was overcast by a cloud of corruption and scandal. More recently India haplessly staged The Commonwealth Games in 2010, during which very little escaped vehement criticism, and, at the time of writing, Russia is trying to defrost the icy reception it has received from the world’s media at the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi.

The result, irrespective of sporting achievement, is always the same; the host nation never wins. In fact, I have heard very little by way of sporting coverage from Sochi, only that the city has an abundance of stray dogs and hotel sanitation is not to be taken for granted. Understandably Brazil, if you will excuse the pun, is bricking it.

Some might deem this level of scrutiny unjust but a FIFA World Cup, despite appearances, has very little to do with football. Of course, there’s the obligatory fanfare of any global sporting contest, but the real prize is the international spotlight that it affords the host. Brazil has long been dubbed a sleeping giant, a source of unanimous frustration for its people, so FIFA’s unchallenged decision to award them the Copa back in 2007 was seen as the perfect alarm call. It was a chance to unify a nation, a chance to invest in the future. A chance to establish worldwide credibility and debunk any conceited first world misconceptions. Obviously the football fanatics of Brazil expect their cherished seleão” to lift the trophy for a record sixth time, but there is far more to play for this time. A nation expects, and rightly so.

Despite this bravado, one stereotype that Brazil seems hell-bent on preserving is her over reliance on last minute resolution. This rather laissez faire attitude to planning is not without its charm, the unwavering faith that “tudo vai dar certo” (quite literally, everything will work out) is wonderfully comforting, but perhaps this is not the stage to test the limits of such emboldened optimism.

Inevitably preparations are, according to popular tabloid taunt, woefully behind schedule. The planned infrastructure, from stadiums to hotels, has been dogged by delay, deception and even death. The airports have already hogged the headlines this year, with Guarulhos International ranking No.1 in CNN Travel’s Top 10 Worst Airports in the World, along with Forbes shattering statistic that only 59% of flights in Brazil arrive on schedule. With six years to prepare for this moment, you might ask why we are inviting the world’s media to snigger and sneer at our systematic failings before they’ve even been cleared for (delayed) landing.

Most journalistic jeer comes from a source close to my heart, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) which, for all its credibility and mite, is often the first to stick in the proverbial knife. A BBC correspondent is never far away from comment and a FIFA World Cup in a developing country is literary manor from heaven for these column crusaders.

Which is ironic, actually, given that domestic news is handled in a distinctly different manner. The news in the UK is often tailored, perhaps even manipulated, in a way that seeks to provide a more balanced, healthy outlook. Seemingly the “Beeb”, as it is affectionately known in Britain, recognizes its role as an intermediary to the national psyche, a parental portal of “need to know” information.

The absolute opposite is true in Brazil, where news crews have adopted a more Americanized approach to live broadcasting. Wherever there’s action, there’s a fully mobilized crew on hand to sensationalize, the often trivial. But there are the less mundane happenings too that are given the same sensationalist treatment, and this only serves to perpetuate the real societal issues that threaten to unhinge this year’s event.

Most news coverage in São Paulo ought to come with an advisory rating; the daily occurrence of serious crime – murder, robbery and worse – is terrifying. It would be foolhardy for one to assume that the UK does not suffer from similar ills, criminality is after all a distinctly human pastime, but the difference is nobody, including the BBC, talks about it. Discretion is also an exclusively human quality.

At some point someone decided, wisely, to keep quiet about domestic dirt and opted to throw mud at foreign entities instead, forming the World Service. And when things get a little heavy on the domestic front, they just roll out a nice fluffy story about a cat that learned to skateboard; sweet dreams, Britain.

No such comfort for Brazil, with only a few months before kickoff the nightmare could soon be stark reality; Brazil 2014 is very much a damage limitation exercise now. The World Cup that so many had dreamt of, the one that would give birth to a new Brazil for future generations is, at best, unlikely.

Brazil must play to its strengths, however, and celebrate the vibrancy of its culture. There will be traffic, there will be airport delays, but at least there will also be the infectious Brazilian spirit to get the party started and that, journos and editors alike, is something well worth sensationalizing. “

By Alison McGowan
March 11, 2014

Pousada Vila do Mar is one of the most traditional pousadas in all of Buzios and it occupies a prime position only moments away from Rua das Pedras – the street with all the restaurants, boutiques and bars – and the Orla Bardot promenade.

Owned by Argentina Mario Jose who arrived here in the late 70s and somehow never left, this is a tropical gem with 18 rooms of which 7 have either full or partial sea views. There’s a small pool to lounge around and an adjoining breakfast room which functions as a fondue restaurant in the evening.

I liked the place already when I visited a couple of years ago but staying here is something different. I got one of the sea view rooms with a huge high ceiling and separate sitting room, full of character to go with the comfort. And at night I got an invitation to go the Gran Cine Bardot next door the small 111 seat cult cinema which is run by the pousada and serves as the central venue for the November film festival. A hidden gem definitely worth visiting to go with the not quite so hidden pousada next door- the beautiful Pousada Vila do Mar.

About the Location
Armaão de Bzios, or Bzios as it is more commonly known, is a very special place – a hilly wooded peninsula just 3 hours drive from Rio with no fewer than 24 bays and beaches.

This is not exactly a hiddden place for Brazilians and Argentinians at least. Everyone has heard of the place and Carioca high society was already coming here way before French actress Brigitte Bardot made the place famous in the 1960s.

When I first came in the early 80s the last bit of the road from Rio between Cabo Frio and Bzios was horrendously potholed and access was difficult but Rua das Pedras- the cobbled main street was aready full of bars shops and restaurants. These days of course the place has grown tremendously and the cruise ships have started docking here in the summer. But come off season and the sleepy laid back feel there was back in the 80s returns.

This time I tried out pousadas in the centre and in other parts of the peninsula- Praia do Geriba and Praia do Manguinhos. And the verdict? Each one more beautiful than the last with incredible sea views at all. Where you go just depends on how much action you want at night and how private you want your beach. It turns out parts of Buzios still are hidden after all.

Not to be Missed
– Checking out the bars, boutiques and restaurants on the Rua das Pedras
– A stroll along the Orla Bardot promenade at dawn when only fishermen are up
– Trip over to one of the neighbouring beaches by water taxi: Praia do Armaão, Praia dos Ossos, – Praia de João Fernandes and João Fernandinho

* Central location only a minute from the Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot
* Lovely small pool in leafy gardens
* Cult cinema next door: the Gran Cine Bardot

Try a Different Place If…
… you prefer to be right on a beach or if you prefer minimal design – this pousada has a lot of history!

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

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