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Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarao da Amazonia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Para

Posted on August 17th, 2009 by Alison McGowan

By Alison McGowanAugust 17, 2009The Casarao Amazonia is very difficult to miss – in every sense. An imposing, totally refurbished, colonial house, painted a bright light blue, it stands out in a town of wide largely unasphalted avenues and simple one-story houses. But it is not to be missed in another sense too – for […]

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Brazil: Tainha Time

Posted on August 17th, 2009 by Ricky Skelton

By Ricky SkeltonAugust 17, 2009One surprising fact about Brazil that doesn&rsquot;t fit with our lazy Latin stereotypes is the amount that people work. Not only does everybody in Brazil do something, from those selling doces on the buses and beaches to Paulista high-rise office workers, but they do it for long hours. At home, being […]

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Joao Pessoa Meet Up: 20th September

Posted on August 17th, 2009 by gringadmin

The next get-together will be held at Bikini’s Beach Bar, Av. Cabo Branco. It will be on the 20th September 2009 starting at about 1pm and finishing around 7pm. Harvey (the owner) has suggested that to make this event a little different, people could bring their own food and share it (maybe people could bring […]

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Ask a Brazilian: House Buying and Apartment Entry Problems

Posted on August 17th, 2009 by gringadmin

August 17, 2009This 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 […]

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Brazil: Advantages and Disadvantages of Importing a Vehicle to Brazil

Posted on August 17th, 2009 by Jose Santiago

By Jose SantiagoAugust 17, 2009Brazil&rsquot;s current laws only allow the importation of vehicles such as cars and motorcycles that are brand new or older than 30 years. Under any circumstances used cars are allowed to be legally brought to Brazil unless they are, of course, older than 30 years.The frequent question I hear in my […]

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Off the Beaten Track in Brazil? 12 Tips for Travellers

Posted on August 6th, 2009 by gringadmin

By Sheila CurranAugust 6, 2009Should you go to Brazil? Should you get off the beaten path and find the real Brazil? Should you stay in a pousada rather than a resort? I was evaluating all these things for myself, and came up with my top 12 list of things a potential visitor should consider. My […]

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Around Brazil: Backpacking from Iguacu Falls to Argentina

Posted on August 6th, 2009 by gringadmin

By Lauren SmithAugust 6, 2009Straddling the Brazilian-Argentine Border, the falls of the Iguacu River are some of the world’s most dramatic waterfalls (also known as the Iguazu Falls or Iguassu Falls). Tumbling for 2km over a 70m cliff, the Garganta del Diablo lies at its heart, a dizzying gush of water hurtling into a boiling […]

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Deported from Brazil? Part 2

Posted on August 4th, 2009 by Ricky Skelton

By Ricky SkeltonAugust 4, 2009This is part 2 of Ricky&rsquot;s article about being deported from Brazil. To read part 1 click here.In the holding bay at Guarulhos Airport, I made friends with a Brazilian who had just been deported from the US after a seven-year overstay and a few months stay under lock and key. […]

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Around Brazil: Everything&rsquot;s Coming Up Roses in Holambra, the City of Flowers

Posted on August 4th, 2009 by Marilyn Diggs

By Marilyn DiggsAugust 4, 2009In 1654, the Portuguese expelled the Dutch from Brazil after maintaining a foothold in the Northeast for almost 25 years. In 1948, the Dutch were invited back and have been in Holambra (SP) ever since. War-torn Europe was replaced by 5,000 green hectares in São Paulo state, and its ideal climate […]

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Will Brazil&rsquot;s Sarney Fall on His Sword?

Posted on July 29th, 2009 by John Fitzpatrick

By John FitzpatrickJuly 29, 2009The Senate chairman, Jose Sarney, is following in the tradition of his predecessors and abusing the power entrusted by his office to enrich himself and his relatives. As this is how he has been operating in half a century of political life we should not be surprised but perhaps we could […]

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