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A Gringo” in Patagonia”

Posted on February 9th, 2009 by gringadmin

By Mr. GFebruary 9, 2009 Any mention of Patagonia normally conjures up images of huge mountainous glaciers and armies of cute penguins, but on this trip I decided to experience something different. After consulting with Patagonia expert Richard Lagiard, owner of the Southern Cross travel agency, I headed for a tiny Welsh village tucked in […]

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Around Brazil: The Romance of Rio

Posted on February 9th, 2009 by Jonathan Fernando

By Jonathan FernandoFebruary 9, 2009Explore Rio&rsquot;s Romantic Side for Valentines DayIf you are hoping to take your loved one away on Valentine&rsquot;s, South America might seem to be a curious choice. But escaping the all-too-familiar breaks in Paris and Venice, Rio de Janeiro offers the budget traveler an intriguing alternative for a spot of romance.Show […]

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Ask a Brazilian: Tampons

Posted on February 9th, 2009 by gringadmin

February 9, 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&rsquot;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 Through Foreign Eyes

Posted on January 27th, 2009 by gringadmin

January 27, 2009Meet Stephan Hughes who first travelled to Brazil in 1995, and subsequently moved to Brazil to live. Read the following interview in which he tells us about some of his most memorable experiences and gives some useful advice to newcomers.1. Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you […]

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Sweet Home São Paulo Playing at Finnegan’s Pub

Posted on January 27th, 2009 by gringadmin

January 27, 2009São Paulo musicians Raul Lima, Rodrigo Veloso, Caetano Scatena, and Jason Bermingham are this week launching a new project called Sweet Home São Paulo.” The show is tailor-made for São Paulo&rsquot;s expat community and will be presenting many favorite tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. If you&rsquot;re free, please join them this […]

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The Best Club in Brazil…?

Posted on January 27th, 2009 by Ricky Skelton

By Ricky SkeltonJanuary 27, 2009I can boldly state, without fear of being completely wrong, that the best clubs in Brazil, perhaps even in South America, are in Santa Catarina.There is no other place that has so many clubs ticking so many of the boxes that the best clubs need to have ticked. It begins with […]

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Brazilian Politics Leonard Cohen Style

Posted on January 27th, 2009 by John Fitzpatrick

By John FitzpatrickJanuary 27, 2009Whenever I try to follow the ins and outs of Brazilian politics with its strange alliance, plots, duplicity and subterfuge I think of the verse from Leonard Cohen&rsquot;s song Everybody Knows” that goes:“Everybody knows that you love me babyEverybody knows that you really doEverybody knows that you&rsquot;ve been faithfulAh give or […]

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Non-Resident Bank Accounts for Foreigners in Brazil

Posted on January 25th, 2009 by Jose Santiago

By Jose SantiagoJanuary 25, 2009Banks in Brazil do not open regular bank accounts to foreign individuals who do not have legal and permanent residency in Brazil, which is always verified by whether the foreigner has a RNE card.For this case and a few others there are the non-resident bank accounts, however they are not common […]

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Brazil: The Greatest Party on Earth!

Posted on January 25th, 2009 by Jonathan Fernando

By Jonathan FernandoJanuary 25, 2009The Rio Carnival Starts to Heats UpWhen carnival season hits Brazil in February, Rio de Janeiro is the destination for backpackers. The four day celebration is one of the most vibrant and colourful parties on the planet. And for those yet to experience this blend of hedonism and noise at first […]

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Brazil: Will Obama Mention the Brics” or just the “Rics”?”

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by John Fitzpatrick

By John FitzpatrickJanuary 16, 2009 When President Barack Obama assumes office on January 20 can we expect to hear him say the magic word Brazil”? I would not bet on it although he may refer to two or three of the other “Brics” – Russia, India and China. Presumably, he will follow his two predecessors […]

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