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Getting a CTPS in Brazil as a Foreigner

Posted on May 1st, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza May 1, 2016 So you have finally got a job in Brazil, applied for a work visa and picked it up. Now all you need to do If you want to work legally in Brazil is to get a CTPS (Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social). This document allows you to be […]

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How To Get Your CPF Number as a Foreigner

Posted on April 5th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer April 5, 2016 If you intend to live in Brazil, you will need to get a CPF (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas) among other documents. The CPF is used by the Receita Federal, which is the Brazilian Tax Authority, in order to store information about citizens in a database. You will […]

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Understanding Brazilian “Boteco” Culture

Posted on April 5th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer April 5, 2016 Brazilians have a reputation as a merry and easygoing people. These characteristics manifest themselves in many aspects of Brazilian culture, from parties and celebrations to Brazilian music and art. They are also very evident in the famous "botecos", unpretentious bars that have become one of the main […]

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Foreigners Through Brazilian Eyes

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by gringadmin

March 5, 2016 This week in our continuing Foreigners Through Brazilian Eyes series we have an interview with Maggie Parra. Read on as Maggie tells us about her impressions of foreigners, and gives some helpful advice also. 1. Where are you from in Brazil and what do you do? I am from So Paulo. I […]

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Brazil: Good Luck in the Year of the Monkey!

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Marilyn DiggsMarch 5, 2016 In February, while revelers in Brazil delighted in carnival delirium, the Chinese had their own celebrating to do. This year the Chinese New Year arrived on February 8th. The very day samba schools were shimmering down Av. Marques de Sapuca in Rio, the Chinese were welcoming in the Year of […]

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The Gringoes Guide to Brazilian Folklore and Myths (Part 1)

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer March 5, 2016 Brazil is a country with a very rich folklore. Originally inhabited by hunter-gatherer tribes, the national mythology and folklore is still imbued with tales that have been passed down generation after generation from ancient times. When settlers came, the tales and myths of Europeans and Africans mingled […]

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An Introduction to Brazilian Folk Sayings

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer March 5, 2016 Every country has its own sayings, which pass down from generation from generation. You never know where they come from, but you are always familiar with the ones from your country. Sayings say a lot about the culture from where they originate, and from the mindset of […]

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12 Tips For Enjoying Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Posted on February 6th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer February 6, 2016 So you have finally decided to go the legendary Carnival party in Rio and see what the hype is all about. I guarantee you will soon get caught up in the spirit of Carnival and fall in love with Brazil. But before you go, there are a […]

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5 Brazilian Dishes You Should Try

Posted on February 6th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer February 6, 2016 Brazilian cuisine is extremely rich and diverse, being influenced by Portuguese colonizers, African slaves, Brazilian natives and immigrants from all over the world. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the best dishes the country has to offer. 1. Feijoada One of the most traditional […]

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Paragliding With Basir Up in the AIR

Posted on January 11th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Laura Ferreira January 11, 2016 On the western end of the beach city of Santos, there is a hill that rises sharply, one hundred and eighty one meters above the sea. A paved but neglected road winds up the hill, through a small favela, ending abruptly at what is arguably the most gratifying vista […]

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