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  • #274847

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150424/lt–brazil-fleeing_foreigners-c4bac5c5d1.html

    Mildly interesting article, with a buzzworthy headline.
  • #274848

    Serrano
    Participant

    So the guy couldn’t make it selling “high-end watches”. Duh! And selling them in people’s homes? He’s lucky he didn’t have his merchandise heisted!
    Oh well, now boarding Zones One and Two….

  • #274863

    Finrudd
    Participant

    It certainly ‘feels’ like more people are packing up and leaving – a scan of the various FB pages for foreigners in Brazil and foreigners doing ‘yard sales’ in Brazil ahead of their departures would seem to support this. While I have no plans to leave Brazil, it will be a tough couple of years for many, and certainly makes me cautious about my venture into my own business here, which I will probably put on a slow burner while I see how things work out. However, there is still a massive market here, and if you have the right skills and contacts, the right product or service, you can still do well here I think.

  • #274864

    Anonymous

    A lot of the expat package people are being called home. Manufacturers are furloughing employees, so you can imagine that spending a lot of $$$$ on an employee and their family’s expenses may not be so attractive.

    I still want to know what made this guy think that selling luxury watches in Bananaland was the way to go. I mean, that really is only a hair away from selling feather earrings on the beach, except for you don’t need to deal with thugs or receita or security when you are selling feather earrings.
  • #274867

    Anonymous

    Despite therecent upward blip in the USD/BRL exchange rate, during which the usualsuspects were chanting their customary predictions about the overvaluation ofthe Brazilian currency, we are nonetheless witnessing a rational retreat to asub-three ratio. Sure we can wax lyrical about the deficiencies that abound inBrazil yet in economic terms none can hold a candle to the chronic state of theUS finances; the sick elephant in the room and an elephant way too big to fitin a rehab ward â‚Ǩ no news there. Besides, if there are little or erratic profitsto repatriate, what’s the bloody point of it all?

    If reasons needto be explored to fathom what may be the beginnings of an ex-pat exodus then Iwould suggest we examine culture fatigue. Maybe it’s becoming just too frigginghard to continue to regard Brazil’s â‚ǨÀúlittle foibles’ as charming or cute. Surethe country is beautiful and one can pick a conducive climate while having seemingly endless beaches, fresh fruit, demure dusky maidens and blah de blah,but the whole thing has been phucked up by the millions of Brazilian dumbasses and theirpenchant for creating difficulties, chaos and stench.

    Perhaps it’s alittle like the last few days of a vacation: fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome,crotch itch, sunburn and a yearning for things familiar; home with cheddar cheese and bagels. Fila2015-04-25 11:57:59

  • #274870

    akash kumar
    Member

    You hit the nail on the head, Fila. Looks like those who “can’t take the heat” are getting out of the kitchen. I cannot understand the gadflies who find it hard to live with the decisions they consciously made to come to Brasil.

  • #274874

    Anonymous

    [QUOTE=Troy Bains]You hit the nail on the head, Fila. Looks like those who “can’t take the heat” are getting out of the kitchen. I cannot understand the gadflies who find it hard to live with the decisions they consciously made to come to Brasil. [/QUOTE]

    I certainly wouldn’t use the termgadfly in a pejorative way since the gadfly can very often provide alternative food forthought in any type of kitchen; hot or otherwise. I think it reasonable thatthe average gringo would or should have performed sufficient due diligence andcare when considering a move to Brazil. A decision of such magnitude, despite beingheavily influenced by less rational issues; such as the very personal and ofteninexplicable and private matters that drive the adventurer onto what was once perceivedas the greener grass of Brazil.

    The cold hardlight that shines on the realities of Brazil is something that must beexperienced to be fully appreciated and it is only under its irritating daily glarethat one can make the decision to stay or do the other thing. And doing theother thing is simply accepting that Brazil is a sad disappointment and cannotoffer the preferred lifestyle that might otherwise be available to theindividual elsewhere. Brazil is a delicate balance of compromise which in theend is a sad reflection of what might have been. We have to recognise andaccept that nothing, but nothing, stays the same and that when a certaintomorrow dawns our personal world can and will change.

    There aretimes, dear reader, when the temptation to run screaming to the nearest airportis almost irresistible. One of these daysâ‚Ǩ¬¶

  • #274882

    Anonymous

    Clapx 10!

  • #274887

    ffm
    Member

    I just got back from two weeks in the US on business. St. Luis, Raleigh, NC and Orlando.

    My cheap bosses put me up in East St. Luis and rented me a car to get to downtown, by American standards, a sh*te hole. When I got back to Americana São Paulo, I found it ugly in comparison. All three cities are way better than anywhere I have ever been in Brazil and Orlando is a bizzaro world of misfits and immigrants and tourists.
    Brazil is no joke. I’m done slumming it. Planning escape plan in 3..2..1…
  • #274896

    Finrudd
    Participant

    [QUOTE=The Abbot]I just got back from two weeks in the US on business. St. Luis, Raleigh, NC and Orlando.

    My cheap bosses put me up in East St. Luis and rented me a car to get to downtown, by American standards, a sh*te hole. When I got back to Americana São Paulo, I found it ugly in comparison. All three cities are way better than anywhere I have ever been in Brazil and Orlando is a bizzaro world of misfits and immigrants and tourists.
    Brazil is no joke. I’m done slumming it. Planning escape plan in 3..2..1…

    [/QUOTE]

    I feel your pain – just back from two weeks in the UK, where the weather was lovely, and I visited the New Forest, Historic Winchester, Salisbury and London. It really does make a return to Sao Paulo quite a shock to the system, with the noise, pollution and dirt everywhere – the crumbling pavements, and the chaos. Deep breathing is required (once you get away from the pollution) and some time focussed on the good things here, if you can.
  • #274897

    Anonymous

    Spent 8 years in Orlando, and that’s by far the most accurate description I’ve heard.

  • #28379

    nlode
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