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  • #264565

    815
    Member

    I can’t help to feel like we are the final days of the gringoes.com forum. There is little activity and few regular visitors. It also seems like a lot of the old guard has moved on.

    This makes me CryThis site has helped me so much with documentation AND for venting my frustrations with others in the same proverbial boat as I. Quite frankly, I find the banter here entertaining. Even if the feeling is not mutual, I see some of you as friends.
    The Facebook page is not nearly as good as it is here. First all, after a day, a discussion gets buried under piles of drivel. Here, the discussion stays on top, despite the drivel. Also, on the FB page, there are a bunch of weird Brazilians, mostly women, who seem to be trying to pick up the gringoes. Far from being alluring, they come across as creepy in their desperate attempts at garnering attention from those not born in the land of bundas and soccer.
    I hope this is a cyclical downturn and that we experience an upswing in the near future.
    Cheers fellow gringos and Hug
  • #264566

    Anonymous

    The forum abides, dude. I’m still learning about no-breaks and power surges. I don’t think it’s quite dead yet.

    I dumped the FB page because of what you said- the gringo experience has gotten buried in the “wanna speak English” experience (or worse, the troll experience) and I don’t have time for that. the closed version of the gringoes page is slightly better (though less traffic). are you on that one?
  • #264567

    sergiu
    Member

    I think this site goes up and down with people. I know sometimes I forget to visit it and then find a private message that I missed for a couple of months. I sometimes wish the private message would be flagged in my email, like the threads we write on. It may be not as many people are coming to Brazil or know about the site before they come that makes a difference on how often someone joins the forum.

  • #264568

    Finrudd
    Participant

    I’m still here, but I agree, the FB page has kind of taken over, probably because of it’s ‘instant’ access attraction. I left the FB group as it was full of abusive trolls, and I found myself day-dreaming about finding out where they lived so I could run them over, making it look like an accident, and then set fire to their house, all this while dressed in black combat trousers, camouflage face-paint, a string vest and a lycra balaclava. Or it might have been lycra combat trousers and string vest – I don’t recall.

    But I digress – the forum is still a good source of information, and I hope it doesn’t die off. I have enjoyed it for a source of amusement, and a source of information. I have even met one poster here in real life, which although I considered a scary prospect, was actually ok – he was a really nice guy, and still posts here from time to time.
  • #264569

    815
    Member

    [QUOTE=3casas]

    The closed version of the gringoes page is slightly better (though less traffic). are you on that one?
    [/QUOTE]
    I guess I didn’t fit their criteria because I was never accepted.
    You are right, there is still valuable knowledge being passed like the discussion on radio internet and the aforementioned breaker talk. I also recently learned about the joys of Hola unblocker and a Netfilx membership…here.
  • #264570

    kevin owen
    Participant

    I tend to agree with Paulistano, this does feel like the beginning of the end.
    I haven’t been here as long nor contributed as much as most but I do enjoy and find the site very helpful. I would be sad to see it go the way of Gringos.com.
    Perhaps it is just cyclical, certainly with the number of gringoes either here or thinking of coming here it should be a hot bed of activity.

  • #264571

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    As long as there are gringos coming to Brasil this site will live on. The Facebook page isn’t at all useful for anything. Facebook is just not the platform to talk about how to hop through Brasilian bureaucracy. I can’t imagine how I would’ve gotten all the docs I have and survived this long without this forum. andrewfroboy2014-03-18 09:50:53

  • #264572

    Luca
    Member

    It would be a shame to see this forum die off. This has been a great place to come to. I, for one, will contribute here, even if it means talking to myself at times (which has happened). LOL

  • #264573

    sergiu
    Member

    Well, I know I just have to remember to check in, most people are good people and you do meet a lot of great people on here and we all do the best to help one another.

  • #264574

    815
    Member

    andrewfroboy- I echo your sentiment completely

    tbird- LOL
  • #264575

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    I think there will always be enough of us around to make this place useful

  • #264576

    Anonymous

    you might want to resend the request for the closed gringoes group (if you care)- it’s run by the same guys who run the other one (and i don’t think they have any criteria) but FB gets wonky sometimes and you think you sent a request but it got lost somewhere. there are also local pages for lots of cities, i know our local ctba page is very useful for new people.

    I have met at least a dozen people from this forum IRL. All but one was awesome (and I even offered to meet up with Grantham, though he didn’t take me up on it, so that one wasn’t him). I continue long email exchanges with another half a dozen. I’ve learned loads, gotten my homebrew going, gotten work through the forum, learned how to sue people…. cool beans! Once the trolls die down, we are a very helpful and intelligent group of people (when you keep the firewater away from us, anyway).
  • #264578

    lynchem
    Member

    Why are you whining? Is it because there are no more irritating squabbles, only the shallow echo of that useless bantering. Enjoy the peace and quiet for a while, it comes and goes I notice. I prefer not to lose my account again, world cup & olympics will probably bring in a wave of “how do I get tourist visa, and my wife screwed me”. Just wait it out…

  • #264579

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Leblon]world cup & olympics will probably bring in a wave of “how do I get tourist visa, and my wife screwed me”. Just wait it out… [/QUOTE]

    haha
  • #264583

    Mkamerling
    Member

    I think a lot of the sites for gringoes get hijacked by Brazilians. They get all defensive when you post anything remotely critical, even if it is constructive. My local foreigners meet-up page is something like 85% Brazilian. All the gringoes that I know in to don’t go to the meet-ups nor the Internations events as it’s only Brazilians trying to practise their English for free. How do I become a member of that closed group?

  • #264584

    lynchem
    Member

    [QUOTE=NICB]I think a lot of the sites for gringoes get hijacked by Brazilians. They get all defensive when you post anything remotely critical, even if it is constructive. My local foreigners meet-up page is something like 85% Brazilian. All the gringoes that I know in to don’t go to the meet-ups nor the Internations events as it’s only Brazilians trying to practise their English for free. How do I become a member of that closed group?[/QUOTE]

    Running into Brazilians, in Brazil, on and offline, WEIRD!!!! Confused
  • #264585

    Nothing in life stays the same. While perhaps in a slump, hopefully temporarily, this site has been invaluable to me! I’ve gone from a tourist purchasing a house, to permanent resident with a small business, to a full fledged naturalized Brasilian, doing, well, as little as possible right now. Big smile
    At least 75% of that journey was GREATLY assisted by information shared by people on this forum (they know who they are)! I too have met several members IRL, and all but one turned out to be really cool people. I’m still in frequent contact with most of them, and now consider them to be genuine friends.
    As Leblon mentioned, wait until after Copa… when there will be an entire new wave of “How do I get a CPF?” posters. LOL
    Gringo.Floripa2014-03-18 12:29:03

  • #264589

    graham
    Participant

    Things are always changing, but this forum still has a future, I think. It is sometimes helpful, sometimes entertaining, sometimes buzzing, so why not sometimes boring? I think most all of you have made good points, and none are exactly alike. What a wealth of experience! I would post more but sometimes don’t have time, or even when I do, don’t have much to add…and I am shy.

  • #264590

    hoganti
    Member

    I too joined the fb group because it was easier and seemed more active. However, I noticed the old quantity vs quality issue there. Tons of activity, but getting sucked into useless debates over who’s opin is “right” was just a giant time suck. I’m friends with some of the folks on there via fb and have met several in person (personal fave so far is Finrudd as he reminds me of Mr. Carson) basically now I use those that I am friends with or here if I have a specific question or something I want to talk about.

  • #264591

    815
    Member

    [QUOTE=Leblon]Why are you whining?

    [/QUOTE]
    I’m not whining. I am lamenting.
    I would hate to see this site dry up. That’s all. Hug
  • #264594

    Finrudd
    Participant

    Hpeak13 – I had a horrible moment when I thought Mr Carson was the teacher from South Park with the glove puppet. Now I remember it’s the Butler from Downton Abbey!

  • #264595

    S Bibb
    Participant

    geez, it’s funny that some of you can’t see it . . . when someone new posts something, he has a 90% chance of being jumped on for asking what’s deemed a stupid question or judged to be troll or something other than simply a newcomer who maybe doesn’t know the rules. i come here for valuable information, but i think carefully before i post lest i be jumped on. i check what’s being talked about nearly every day, and it’s interesting that some of you don’t see that you yourselves have created this sense of disappointment. think about what you post, be more inviting to newcomers, let them stumble sometimes . . . this place is worth keeping. but it’s the plain truth that there will always be newcomers with the same questions. and the search function leaves a LOT to be desired.

  • #264596

    miguel
    Participant

    This site, like most things, is cyclical.
    We’re now (understandably) in down-time mode. We’ve seen the site go through phases of massive sock puppet invasions; spammers; scintillatingly informative posts that you can’t find anywhere else (the Nationalization thread; today’s thread by finrudd); at times seemingly unending questions on the same topic (yes CPF comes to mind; get ready!); compelling exchanges of views and wit on topical questions including the economy (GF’s classic exchange rate threads); threads which read like soap opera novels (we know which those are); folks trying to sell their wares to other site members; the obligatory flame wars; good information/bad information; and camaraderie with fellow members on certain threads, PMs or IRL.
    This site can also get pretty intense at times and to avoid site fatigue we all may need to take a breather. And having taken a few of those since I became a member, that’s probably one reason I haven’t given up on the site, yet.
    My story is having been stationed here at an early age in an international finance career, and relocating to many other countries with a focus here, I then decided to return here on my terms, which is about when I discovered this site.
    miguel2014-03-18 15:16:36

  • #264597

    hoganti
    Member

    [QUOTE=finrudd]Hpeak13 – I had a horrible moment when I thought Mr Carson was the teacher from South Park with the glove puppet. Now I remember it’s the Butler from Downton Abbey!

    [/QUOTE]

    ha! no the butler….I always have fun when I describe/explain our connection you to my wife:
    “Jamie’s friend that I met on the internet and had drinks with in SP when I went to pick up a bottle of scotch that another internet friend had brought back for me from abroad…..oh yeah, and your internet friend Hamdi from Turkey was there with us too”
  • #264598

    Finrudd
    Participant

    Blimey – Miguel, you must be about one of the longest-standing posters on the site! Congratulations, and good to know you are still popping in to read things here.
    Norah – I see your point, and perhaps the ‘community’ does need to be more welcoming. I know I sometimes come here simply for a chuckle, and when I see a post by someone who appears to be a plonker (we all know the ones: ‘I have no skills whatsoever, don’t speak my own language properly, let alone Portuguese, but have fallen in love with a Brazilian woman 45 years younger than me, and she loves me back – what are my chances of finding paradise if I move here..‘ then I to have a tendency to assume they are not being serious, and adjust my replies to them accordingly.

  • #264601

    815
    Member

    Norah- I too see you point, to a certain extent. I haven’t really seen anyone be unfair to anyone. The troll spotting has been almost impeccable. The reason the T word got thrown around so much was because there were at one time A LOT of trolls coming here. I agree the “use the search function” response is not so warm and the search function isn’t the greatest.

    Finrudd- LOLwe do get A LOT of those guys or at least some version of him
  • #264602

    miguel
    Participant

    [QUOTE=finrudd]Blimey – Miguel, you must be about one of the longest-standing posters on the site! Congratulations, and good to know you are still popping in to read things here.
    [/QUOTE]
    Finrudd thanks it has been awhile (with appropriate breaks) and yes I am still standing. LOL
    Thankfully this ‘site longevity’ was initiated at an early age, when I saw the light to leave corporate life in favor of coming down here and working on my own projects.
    miguel2014-03-18 16:00:09

  • #264603

    Deleted User
    Moderator

    Regrettably, I have been cursed by the belief thatninety-eight percent of the global population is unsuitable for the purpose forwhich is it is intended. I know that I share this curse in common with a lot offolk who, given the opportunity, would echo the immortal words of Genghis Khan,”Why can’t we all just get along?” Gringoes.com can sometimes hint at theproposition that this percentage can be reduced by a couple of clinks therebymaking my world a better place. Baby, light my fuse!

  • #264604

    [QUOTE=Paulistano USA] I agree the “use the search function” response is not so warm and the search function isn’t the greatest. [/QUOTE]
    Guilty as charged. But sometimes, that’s the only way to separate the men from the boys, so to speak (and no gringas, I’m not a male fascist pig). The are a lot of lazy people, in the world in general, who just want to be spoon-fed and led by the hand. It’s usually fairly obvious when someone hasn’t made even the slightest effort to do a little research, before posting.
    I’ve always found the search function quite useful, though it takes a bit (a short bit) of a learning curve to comprehend the best fields to select for the best results. I mean for free, can we really complain? Had I not yet naturalized, I would pay good money for the wealth of information in the thread Molendinar created about that topic, were it offered as some sort of ebook.
    I’d gladly pay Sven and Miguel a retainer for their expertise in their respective fields. Esprit has greatly enriched my vocabulary, and yes, what Finrudd recently posted about electrical hassles in Brasil, coincidentally arrived at just the right time to assist me with a challenge.
    Now if 3casas would just get busy brewing and open that chopperia…. Wink
    Gringo.Floripa2014-03-18 16:31:40

  • #264608

    815
    Member

    [QUOTE=Esprit]Regrettably, I have been cursed by the belief thatninety-eight percent of the global population is unsuitable for the purpose forwhich is it is intended.

    [/QUOTE]

    What would that purpose be?
  • #264609

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Paulistano USA][QUOTE=Esprit]Regrettably, I have been cursed by the belief thatninety-eight percent of the global population is unsuitable for the purpose forwhich is it is intended.

    [/QUOTE]

    What would that purpose be?

    [/QUOTE]
    God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
    Genesis 1:28
    LOL

  • #264610

    Deleted User
    Moderator

    [QUOTE=Paulistano USA][QUOTE=Esprit]Regrettably, I have been cursed by the belief thatninety-eight percent of the global population is unsuitable for the purpose forwhich is it is intended.

    [/QUOTE]

    What would that purpose be?

    [/QUOTE]

    The purpose of life must surely be enjoyment of this â‚ǨÀúonetime offer only’ on this exquisite little blue planet. After all, we are notthe reincarnate and, thankfully, nor is there an afterlife where we mightotherwise suffer an eternity with the ninety-eight percent.

    The focus point for me is the generous allowance of threescore and ten; more greedy years if we avoid all the pleasures at which pointsuch misery can culminate in bed-wetting at age ninety-something. In commonwith most, I’ve spent the greater part of my time prostituting my life in thecause of mammon which, in of itself, caused my hedonistic epiphany: tick, tocktime is finite so best not waste it by living with regrets from the past andlooking to an imagery better future; this time, this moment and at peace withoneself. I’m about two percent there already. [Getting little deep now so musthave another ice-cream].

  • #264611

    lynchem
    Member

    [QUOTE=Esprit][QUOTE=Paulistano USA][QUOTE=Esprit]Regrettably, I have been cursed by the belief thatninety-eight percent of the global population is unsuitable for the purpose forwhich is it is intended.

    [/QUOTE]

    What would that purpose be?

    [/QUOTE]

    The purpose of life must surely be enjoyment of this â‚ǨÀúonetime offer only’ on this exquisite little blue planet. After all, we are notthe reincarnate and, thankfully, nor is there an afterlife where we mightotherwise suffer an eternity with the ninety-eight percent.

    The focus point for me is the generous allowance of threescore and ten; more greedy years if we avoid all the pleasures at which pointsuch misery can culminate in bed-wetting at age ninety-something. In commonwith most, I’ve spent the greater part of my time prostituting my life in thecause of mammon which, in of itself, caused my hedonistic epiphany: tick, tocktime is finite so best not waste it by living with regrets from the past andlooking to an imagery better future; this time, this moment and at peace withoneself. I’m about two percent there already. [Getting little deep now so musthave another ice-cream].

    [/QUOTE]

    I have always wondered whether or not you just copy and paste this melarkey. I hope you have a point with which you have yet to make and I will await it.
    I think I see what paulistano was referring to in his saudades of historical liveliness here at the ol’ gringoes.com. And that would be the useless conversations, the hanging, the scenic hillsides of pointless arguments, and the occasional witty banter.
    I can say I agree if that is his case.
  • #264612

    Maybe we should start a pissing contest, for old time’s sake? Finrudd, get out your handbag!

  • #264613

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Gringo.Floripa]
    Maybe we should start a pissing contest, for old time’s sake?¬† Finrudd, get out your handbag!
    [/QUOTE]

  • #264615

    Finrudd
    Participant

    Handbags only at dawn from my neck of the woods.

  • #264619

    Deleted User
    Moderator

    [QUOTE=Leblon]

    ..I have always wondered whether or not you just copy and paste this melarkey. I hope you have a point with which you have yet to make and I will await it…

    [/QUOTE]

    I quite understand,Leblon, that originality is a concept that, although you understand it, youfeel its creation is something that must be attributed to the mythical â‚ǨÀúothers’from whom such malarkey must be copied. This is because independent creativityis, as yet, above your pay grade. In the meanwhile, while you wait, listen to Garyand ponder music that may strike a chord in your life:

  • #264638

    lynchem
    Member

    [QUOTE=Esprit][QUOTE=Leblon]

    ..I have always wondered whether or not you just copy and paste this melarkey. I hope you have a point with which you have yet to make and I will await it…

    [/QUOTE]

    I quite understand,Leblon, that originality is a concept that, although you understand it, youfeel its creation is something that must be attributed to the mythical â‚ǨÀúothers’from whom such malarkey must be copied. This is because independent creativityis, as yet, above your pay grade. In the meanwhile, while you wait, listen to Garyand ponder music that may strike a chord in your life:

    [/QUOTE]

    You make no sense. Certainly as much, as how often, as you accuse me. Although in this case you reference such a song. Maybe it is you whom needed Paulistanos frivolous hug…
    Is it because we still miss Boris?
  • #264639

    [QUOTE=Leblon]Is it because we still miss Boris? [/QUOTE]
    I miss Boris. Dom Pedro too. Cry
    I hear they’ve both gone on ‘holiday’ to Crimea…. Wink

  • #264644

    lynchem
    Member

    Tell that to the owner, who needs a poke in the eye, I want my original account back as well, yet suspended means indefinite exile. I find it extremely ironic of someone who wants to establish normal means of operation, yet, in many of the cases of suspension the quarrels were barely insignificant.
    One finger wag too many and your outta here….

  • #264649

    Anonymous

    it wasn’t so much the banning, it was that people were offended and left. i have heard, however, that Boris has come to have a peek now and again. Haven’t heard from him in a while. I do hear from Monica, Denise, and some others on occasion. Not Bahaiana66, though it would be nice!

  • #264651

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    Bahiana77 got herself banned from tripadvisor too…

  • #264652

    815
    Member

    [QUOTE=sven]Bahiana77 got herself banned from tripadvisor too…[/QUOTE]

    Damn she was such a C U Next Tuesday!
    I just imagined her covered in stray cats as she posted her defenses of one of the most indefensible cities in the world.
  • #264653

    Finrudd
    Participant

    Has anyone mentioned JP yet? I hear it’s nice at this time of year?

  • #264655

    Deleted User
    Moderator

    [QUOTE=3casas]…i have heard, however, that Boris has come to have a peek now and again. Haven’t heard from him in a while…[/QUOTE]

    We need to hear what wouldbe Boris’ unique take on Putin’s latest shenanigans. Confused

  • #264659

    Deleted User
    Moderator

    It’s for others to judgeif what I think is interesting, however I can strongly identify with Putin andhis old KGB actions during these past days. As to the actual situation itself, well,I have to join Rhett Butler in saying that frankly, my dear, I don’t give adamn.

    Put simply, I side withPutin against the plotting by the USA which is involving itself in an evilcabal with the EU in an attempt to suck in territories that are traditionallyassociated with Russia; such attempts are pure unadulterated political mischiefand insult.

    The geopolitical megalomaniacambitions of the EU together with the sick paranoia of the USA, frenzied bythat aggressive asshole Kerry and his doleful boss, have brought about thismini crisis. All of the posturing behind constitutional law and internationallaw is just so much embarrassing bluster.

    Putin is a dangerous man,if not more than a little politically incorrect, yet he stands head andshoulders as a man above the current breed of Western professional career politician.Let’s hope that any bloodshed is kept to a minimum and that mutually assuredeconomic destruction is avoided.

  • #264661

    This is one aspect of the forum I love! How the topic of the OP can then morph into a completely different subject (which can then always be brought back on topic, at any time).
    I won’t debate the ‘dangers’ of Putin, but truly, as Esprit infers, Western leaders are nothing but wolves in sheep’s clothing. Bush/Blair specifically come to mind. Go here to see how many people they are responsible for murdering: https://www.iraqbodycount.org
    The point I think the (controlled) media is missing, is that the peopleof Crimea voted, and an overwhelmingmajority (like +/- 95%) gave the middle finger salute to Ukraine.
    Who recalls the the 51% “mandate of the people” Bush received in 2004??? LOLCry
    Crimea is a done deal. Build a bridge and get over it fellas.
    Gringo.Floripa2014-03-20 08:00:41

  • #264667

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    That vote by Crimea didn’t even give them the option of remaining with Ukraine, it was a farce of a vote. If you are having a legit vote it has to be something that takes time and is thought out, think Scotland. Not an overnight vote were remaining with your exisiting country isn’t even an option.

  • #264668

    Kinda like the midnight vote of the Patriot Act, or the NDAA, huh?

  • #264669

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    When did I ever mention the US or any other country, two wrongs don’t make a right. I never defended any other country’s behavior.

  • #264671

    815
    Member

    Who wouldn’t this hunk of a man as their president?
  • #264673

    [QUOTE=andrewfroboy]When did I ever mention the US or any other country, two wrongs don’t make a right. I never defended any other country’s behavior. [/QUOTE]
    Correct, you didn’t. Just pointing out the hypocrisy of the clamoring by western leaders (EDIT: who supposedly stand for ‘freedom and democracy’). I’m not much of a chess player, but I think what happened is Putin’s Rook took Ukraine’s Queen. What will be the next move? Vamos ver….
    Gringo.Floripa2014-03-20 09:56:21

  • #264675

    Kathy2012
    Participant

    Why isn’t there this kind of outrage from Americans every time America flaunts international law? ObviouslyGYN2014-03-20 13:30:26

  • #264677

    [QUOTE=ObviouslyGYN]Why isn’t there this kind of outrage from Americans every time America flaunts national national law? [/QUOTE]
    Because most have been “biggie-sized”, fluoridated, bacillus thuringiensis-innoculated by GM foods, etc, etc. A daily dose of Fox News helps keep the edge off. LOL
    Really, not much different from Brasil, but instead of Fox there’s Silvio Santos.
    Gringo.Floripa2014-03-20 10:02:10

  • #264679

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Paulistano USA]

    Who wouldn’t this hunk of a man as their president?¬†

    [/QUOTE]
    Putin, a fine dish of the Canadian quisine!

  • #264680

    [QUOTE=frank4000]Next move is take another bite out of another former republic. Not sure which one.
    [/QUOTE]
    Georgia would add more ‘waterfront property’….

  • #264681

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=ObviouslyGYN] Why isn’t there this kind of outrage from Americans every time America flaunts national national law? [/QUOTE]
    Murcia is murica!
    Russia is….
    That’s where the barbarians live.

  • #264682

    815
    Member

    Russia is where Fedor is from. Respect.

  • #264685

    agri2001
    Participant

    All these hypocritical bastards from the EU and the USA, have to do, is look how they handled Kosovo before they get all twisted up in a knot over Crimea.
    Russia at that time was screaming bloody murder, but they did not cut off the gas to the EU or impose any type of sanctions.
    Ohhh!! the hypocracy of it all…
    agri20012014-03-20 10:51:01

  • #264689

    815
    Member

    Hypocrisy and the US go hand in hand like Brazil and incompetence.

  • #264731

    The sock puppets get old… It’s too bad there’s not a moderator of sorts here. There’re much more rewarding activities to do than sit on here and write messages all day. That’s at least why I’ve moved on for the most part…
    I wouldn’t join the FB thingy either because I bet it’s full of Brazilians just wanting to practice their English for free.

  • #264740

    jaenicoll
    Member

    I’ve never understood the whole moderator thing. Why do people need a parent on the intertubes?they are just F_ing words.

  • #264742

    nesne2, moderation in the sense of sock puppets only. The flames are one thing, but when someone creates multiple accounts to make it look like there are other people that share their opinion, it’s another.
    I sometimes visit an unrelated site and the owner is a micro-manager with the moderation and he’s always banning people for any little thing. Middle ground isn’t always easy to achieve.

  • #264746

    celso
    Member

    I thought this site would go under long ago. I tip my hat to the owners and hope they keep it going…

  • #264751

    [QUOTE=GreatBallsoFire]I thought this site would go under long ago. I tip my hat to the owners and hope they keep it going…[/QUOTE]
    Because there’s a never-ending stream of newbies that come to Brazil. How do I get a CPF? I met a girl on Brazil cupid but she looks nothing like the photo; I married a favelada that has swindled me out of money, etc…

  • #265204

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    [QUOTE=frank4000]

    Lol Andrew don’t be so harsh as you were once one of those “newbie’s”.

    [/QUOTE]

    *are
  • #265219

    Anonymous

    [QUOTE=Paulistano USA]I can’t help to feel like we are the final days of the gringoes.com forum.There is little activity and few regular visitors. It also seems like a lot of the old guard has moved on.

    This makes me CryThis site has helped me so much with documentation AND for venting my frustrations with others in the same proverbial boat as I. Quite frankly, I find the banter here entertaining. Even if the feeling is not mutual, I see some of you as friends.
    The Facebook page is not nearly as good as it is here. First all, after a day, a discussion gets buried under piles of drivel. Here, the discussion stays on top, despite the drivel. Also, on the FB page, there are a bunch of weird Brazilians, mostly women, who seem to be trying to pick up the gringoes. Far from being alluring, they come across as creepy in their desperate attempts at garnering attention from those not born in the land of bundas and soccer.
    I hope this is a cyclical downturn and that we experience an upswing in the near future.
    Cheers fellow gringos and Hug

    [/QUOTE]
    Its because the people here are boring, the gringoes are boring, their life is boring.
    And you, I think you are also boring.
    Not to mention, that if some interesting stuff appears, their censor it like internet in China.

  • #265230

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    [QUOTE=frank4000]You still consider yourself a newbie?[/QUOTE]

    He was referring to a different Andrew, though I can see how this got confusing. The other dude has been on gringoes for like 6 months with a small amount of posts and he is bad mouthing newbies.
  • #265231

    815
    Member

    [QUOTE=Karaev7]

    their censor it like internet in China.
    [/QUOTE]
    You should censor your English, buddy. Wink
  • #265240

    hoganti
    Member

    [QUOTE=andrewfroboy][QUOTE=frank4000]You still consider yourself a newbie?[/QUOTE]

    He was referring to a different Andrew, though I can see how this got confusing. The other dude has been on gringoes for like 6 months with a small amount of posts and he is bad mouthing newbies.

    [/QUOTE]

    it’s the account that spongebob/troll hunter made….he’s been here longer than 6 months….just under different names
  • #265241

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    ah, that makes sense, still will never understand someone that makes multiple accounts…don’t have time to keep up with it all

  • #265246

    graham
    Participant

    [QUOTE=andrewfroboy]ah, that makes sense, still will never understand someone that makes multiple accounts…don’t have time to keep up with it all[/QUOTE]

    …the virtuality of it all drove spongy a little loco.
  • #265270

    Marc Maserati
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Grads][QUOTE=andrewfroboy]ah, that makes sense, still will never understand someone that makes multiple accounts…don’t have time to keep up with it all[/QUOTE]

    …the virtuality of it all drove spongy a little loco.

    [/QUOTE]

    I’msurprised we aren’t all a little louco. Perhaps we are and our ideaof what is “normal” has passed far towards the louco side. Thischange in our perceived sense of normality could result in a feelingof culture shock once we visit our respective homelands deeming what theyexperience as extremely “boring” thus making our lives appearnormal or slightly boring.

    Ithink my sense of normal has shifted to the louco side. Being forced off the road is no longer asurprise for me. If I see a fancy car(Hyundai, Toyoda or other) I fully expect them to drive like they own the road,thoughtless of others. The listcan continue but I believe there is enough here, if taken all together,to make anyone a bit crazy.

    Or perhaps I should slow down on the cachaìßa…

    -Marc

  • #265280

    815
    Member

    [QUOTE=mmaser][QUOTE=Grads][QUOTE=andrewfroboy]ah, that makes sense, still will never understand someone that makes multiple accounts…don’t have time to keep up with it all[/QUOTE]

    …the virtuality of it all drove spongy a little loco.

    [/QUOTE]

    I’msurprised we aren’t all a little louco. Perhaps we are and our ideaof what is “normal” has passed far towards the louco side. Thischange in our perceived sense of normality could result in a feelingof culture shock once we visit our respective homelands deeming what theyexperience as extremely “boring” thus making our lives appearnormal or slightly boring.

    Ithink my sense of normal has shifted to the louco side. Being forced off the road is no longer asurprise for me. If I see a fancy car(Hyundai, Toyoda or other) I fully expect them to drive like they own the road,thoughtless of others. The listcan continue but I believe there is enough here, if taken all together,to make anyone a bit crazy.

    Or perhaps I should slow down on the cachaìßa…

    -Marc

    [/QUOTE]

    This is so true. It’s got me thinking.
  • #265320

    oweng
    Member

    Yes, this site has significantly deteriorated in recent years. First, three people posted who obviously were intent on selling people on land, property or housing in one NE Brazilian coastal city. Then, multiple trolls emerged. Even one who had over a dozen different absolutely recent sock puppet names, all spewing the same negativity about Brazil. In the absence of our forum’s moderator doing anything to control these abuses, a number of forum members eventually took their own vigilantly action. Ironically, it was they who ultimately got suspended, well before the abusers.

  • #265559

    Anonymous

    I just wanted to say that I’m glad the site is still around. Its not exactly easy to find the gems of info one is looking for (and its so embarrassing to have to start a thread on a subject that may have been extensively covered in the past lol) but there is plenty here that is useful.

  • #265606

    Ghandi, there have been nì∫merous sock poppets coming and going through the years. Who got banned? I think the same old people are still here. you’d be surprised by the way that a non-anonymous forum works, Everyone is civil.
    I’m not a fan of Faceybook either. All I get are announcements that my cousins have posted a photo! Too personal for me. I really would rather not use it if I don’t have to.
    I don’t think gringos are coming to Brazil like they did back when I moved to Brazil. Maybe someone like Sven, who has been here longer looks at people like me like this, but why in heck woulld sane gringo want to move to Brazil to deal with higher crime, crippling taxes, crazy laws, higher transaction costs for everything, people that want to jack up prices everytime they can, etc… etc…?? Oh, and I forgot to mention the continual F-ups and how doing anything here is like hiking up the Grand Canyon.
    If it weren’t for my wife, I wouldn’t be here. I’d be in the US or Europe somewhere. I’m here so I just have to make the best of it.

  • #265685

    Patigell
    Member

    Yo yo,

    Haven’t posted on this site for a while and rarely follow those gringoes facebook posts. Thought I’d post and say hello. Not much on the go with me besides the fact I’m moving back to Brazil in December. Pretty pumped with that to say the least. Had just about enough of Moronasia (Malaysia) as I can take. See you all there!!!!
  • #266104

    oweng
    Member

    This site has become basically irrelevant, except for first time users that discover it through Google. Its manager should sell it to Sven. Or someone else.

  • #266106

    Crybeaddy
    Member

    I doubt that Sven is willing to buy it.
    Facebook and twitter are the thing nowadays, or whatever is next in fast passing messages. It is funny to see that there are the same questions as years ago here, the same misunderstandings about Brazil, the same so-called “opinions” and the same lack of learning ability. All for free.

  • #266109

    spenymoon
    Member

    Same questions are asked just because form admins are not allowing to create sticky topics. Too lazy or too incompetent?

  • #266110

    Crybeaddy
    Member

    I was not talking about forums.

  • #266114

    spenymoon
    Member

    [QUOTE=maarten] I was not talking about forums.
    [/QUOTE]
    And I was not talking to you. The fact that I posted after your message doesn’t mean I am replying to your message.

  • #266115

    Anonymous

    well regardless, the facebook group is exactly the same i hate brazil/i love brazil, i love cachaìßa/i am tired of goddamn cachaìßa, oh my god what is a CPF, how do i get my drivers’ license, etc.

    at least you can block the trolls on FB.
  • #266177

    oweng
    Member

    You are very correct Maarten. You have been a poster as long as me, and it gets tiring after awhile to see all the same questions and trolls and etc.

  • #266181

    sergiu
    Member

    The same questions is something any site has. Use to run a racing site so I know what that is like answering the same questions over and over, but you have to remember there are always what we call newbies, we all have to learn somehow and somewhere. So don’t let that upset you. As for the other trolls, again and unfortunate event. Love that moving Christ statue you have there Gandhi.

  • #266182

    oweng
    Member

    Thanks CJBaker! I can live with the newbies. Its the long time poster trolls that bother me. We have no moderation here which is good, but also bad.

  • #268354

    ffm
    Member

    Well that Paulistano fellow found his demise before the site. LOL

  • #268361

    sergiu
    Member

    Let’s hope the site stays going and we get some more new people. Always interesting to meet others.

  • #268364

    Finrudd
    Participant

    It’s a far more useful resource than the Facebook page, which is fairly useless, hopefully the FB page can remain as somewhere to fight and argue, and gives the trolls a more instant gratification, thus keeping them away from here.

  • #268367

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    Feel like they are different people on there than here.

  • #268369

    ffm
    Member

    It was said a long time ago on this thread but the Brazilians make the FB annoying as well. Either they are defensive about every post or they are hideous beasts trying to hook a gringo. It’s comical at times, but only in small doses.

  • #268381

    Finrudd
    Participant

    [QUOTE=andrewfroboy]Feel like they are different people on there than here. [/QUOTE]

    The strange thing is, to a degree we are anonymous here, where as on FB everyone is there with their lives on show, warts and all.
  • #268382

    graham
    Participant

    Welcome back P!

  • #268396

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=Grads]Welcome back P![/QUOTE]

    Thanks my friend! HugAnd to all the other well wishers I may have missed. Embarrassed
  • #268404

    Kathy2012
    Participant

    Heyyy Mr. P, spark it up.

  • #268405

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=ObviouslyGYN]Heyyy Mr. P, spark it up.[/QUOTE]

  • #269387

    Serrano
    Participant

    [QUOTE=finrudd]As I posted elsewhere – I agree the site is slow at the moment – I think this is more to do with the instant gratification of Facebook, which for most requires little in the way of sign-up, but also reflects the changes in Brazil over the past ten years. I have no figures to back it up, but I would imagine there are far less Gringos coming here for investments or work than there were in 2005? I remember companies in the UK selling property developments in the North of Brazil back then, touted as the next best investment thing, along with charter flights from Manchester direct to Fortaleza – the flights are long since cancelled, as I suspect are quite a few of the property developments! So overall, Brazil is probably not the hot destination that it once was, as reflected by the ebb and flow of posters on this forumâ‚Ǩ¬¶. Brazil has certainly undergone a massive amount of change.[/QUOTE]
    I’ve taken the liberty to copy the comment above, which was made the other day in another thread, and paste it in this one, where it’s more appropriate.
    Finrudd brings up many good points. If the perceived ‘slump’ this forum might be going through right now can be defined in one word, I would say that word is “economy”. We all know Brasil is much more expensive now than several years ago. Few ‘bargains’ exist. The economies in North America, particularly the US, as well as those of the UK/EU are still in the doldrums. Whatever hype there is about ‘recovery’, are usually stories focused on economic micro-climates such as the San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, or London. Many people no longer have the means to buy that investment property in Fortaleza.
    For those that do have significant expendable income, several expat communities that focus on ‘sovereignty’ have sprung up in Chile and Argentina the past few years, and provide a more safe and secure option for those looking to relocate from their ‘homeland’, rather than risk the chaos and rampant corruption presented in Ordem and Progresso World.
    Assuredly, the (sensationalist) media outside of Brasil has made the street protests and occasional bus burnings to appear as if it’s happening in every town, on every street corner, 24/7. Even if someone was just planning a vacation, why go somewhere that (appears to have) civil unrest threatening your 7-14 days of intended leisure and relaxation?! The Copa produced good theater, but there was plenty of negative publicity about wasteful expenditures versus un-met social needs such as health care and education, to offset any positive public relations spin the Copa might have produced. And again, in economic terms, go price a (so-called) 5 star hotel in Rio these days, versus a genuine 5 star luxury Caribbean resortâ‚Ǩ¬¶.
    Because of the recessed economy on both sides of the north Atlantic, people who might have been planning to move to Brasil, have put those plans on hold. Can’t sell their house there; can’t afford one here. They might hate their job there, but at least they still have a job. The Investor Visa program took a huge negative turn. The minimum investment amount increased, and the time period of the validity of the visa was decreased. No doubt that change alone has less people interested in this option of obtaining permanent residency. Also, the retirement visa had it’s minimum threshold of a monthly pension payment increased. Less people now qualify for that option of residency. Less people wanting to come to Brasil, for whatever reason, therefore it’s reasonable to assume less people needing information about how to do what.
    That’s hardly an all encompassing list, but they are nonetheless valid points as to why less people are coming to Brasil (unless it’s Brasilians moving back home), thus less people needing information about the burro-cracia to get here, and possibly even legitimately staying here. Hence, less ‘traffic’ on this site.

  • #269388

    Anonymous

    I am no expert in economy or culture, but I recently read that the migration of some young Spanish people to Brazil, mainly to Sao Paulo and Rio, and a couple other cities, was not due to Brazil being a country whose streets were paved in gold, but that the situation in Spain is so desperate that even a developing country might fall on the radar of a more “adventurous” Spanish person. Some have gone to England, the Netherlands, and to Germany. Others have gone to work and study in Brazil. They figure, since nothing moves forward or improves in Spain, that what have they got to lose?, and they’re attracted to the culture and climate. My guess is, that previously, those that are now in Brazil would have stayed in Spain had the economy not gone down the drain, and they would never have looked out beyond the horizon of Spain, much less to Brazil.
    Desperation makes people see things very differently, I guess. Unfortunately, I can’t relate. I still see Spain as better than Brazil. I can’t understand how people from such a marvelous country such as Spain can look to Brazil with optimism and enthusiasm. I stand by my perception that it is delusion, it is false, it is fake. It is based on a false optimism. But then again, maybe my enthusiasm for Denmark is fake? Who knows. But I am not the only one who knows that the real reason behind the migration to Brazil of Spanish people is not because of a Positive in Brazil in any real sense, but rather a deep Negative in Spain, and perhaps a momentary lesser Negative in Brazil, for the moment. My guess is that once Spain improves, they will go back. Brazil is not a country, at least now, that welcomes immigrants en masse. Especially immigrants from developed countries. I think very few really want to and intend on staying in Brazil for the long haul. Grantham2014-08-18 13:29:45

  • #269392

    graham
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Gringo.Serrano]
    Finrudd brings up many good points. If the perceived ‘slump’ this forum might be…legitimately staying here. Hence, less ‘traffic’ on this site.
    [/QUOTE]

    Well, that all makes good sense, GS. WhatamIgonnado with this information now? No worries. Though I am just wondering if, just as gringo desire to come Brasil might be waning, similar circumstances might cause Santorini or Baden Baden to be less crowded in the late summer? There is only one way to find out…
    As for gringoes.com…it will go for as long as it can, I guess.
  • #269395

    Serrano
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Grantham]I recently read that the migration of some young Spanish people to Brazil, mainly to Sao Paulo and Rio, and a couple other cities, was not due to Brazil being a country whose streets were paved in gold, but that the situation in Spain is so desperate that even a developing country might fall on the radar of a more “adventurous” Spanish person.[/QUOTE]
    With general unemployment in Spain hovering around 25%, yet the unemployment of the youth (under age 25) being +/- 50%I can certainly understand how someone young would head off to the ‘new world’ in search of an opportunity, any opportunity.
    Shortly after the 2008 financial meltdown, I had contact from several college age ‘kids’, interested in a vacation rental apartment I had listed. Having just graduated, in the midst of financial turmoil, they had few prospects in the US. One guy, who was working at a mall kiosk selling mobile phones, was persistent. He spoke no portuguese, knew that he was only permitted 180 days per year on a tourist visa (had already decided to overstay), yet felt that one day it would look far better on his CV that he came to Brasil after graduating, learned a new language, while at the same time teaching english (his plan to subsist), rather than staying in his home town hawking phones. I recall in 2009 lots of activity on here from people similar to him, looking for ‘how to’ information.
    Maybe this site should be offered in spanish as well? Bueno? Wink

  • #269398

    celso
    Member

    Ten years ago, a beer 600 ml Brahma, Skol was about one real with the dollar at 3.0, so about 33 cents. Today they want five reais at the bathroom style bar or a bit over two dollars. Hence Brazil for Gringoes today is not as attractive. Airfare is way up. American wants 1675 for economy to Salvador. What a ripoff. Europe, same distance is 49 to 50 percent cheaper and same distance without the stupid visa requirement mess.
    Even with a child in Brasil, I cannot open a bank account. Over two years to get published in the Diario. Gringoes must declare all assets held abroad on tax return, including real estate as “Brazilian Assets.” Marina will create a wealth tax. You pay first world taxes for a third world.life, hence few Gringoes want to go to Brazil but lots of Haitians and Africans are knocking on the door. Brazil with its slave guilt politically correct mentality is taking them in.

  • #269399

    oweng
    Member

    This site now really bites. If you have been here over the past ten years, you’d agree. Trolls now rule. Moderation is rare, and then usually off course. Three Houses disagrees of course. But I never see her post creatively here like she once did.

  • #269406

    Steven
    Participant

    I suspect if we had a metric for ppd (posts per day) we would find that number has declined substantially in the past two years. I’m not sure why but it seems like the passion is gone from the site. Steel Rat – any stats on usage?

  • #269408

    oweng
    Member

    [QUOTE=Steven]  Steel Rat Рany stats on usage?[/QUOTE]
    Metal Mouse rarely visits his site. He could have sold it before, but now it has no value. Even Sven has disappeared. Did anyone even notice?

  • #269409

    oweng
    Member

    Esprit, gone.

  • #269410

    oweng
    Member

    Cary, gone.

  • #269411

    oweng
    Member

    Terry2? Gone.

  • #269412

    oweng
    Member

    Trolls and sock puppets? Everywhere.

  • #269413

    Finrudd
    Participant

    Spain has always had a high level of unemployment in my lifetime, and I don’t see that every really changing. However, Spain is still a developed country, with the safety and security that offers in most senses. What it lacks is perceived opportunity – Brazil still offers plenty of opportunity, but I would argue it is much harder to realise here.

    One other aspect that makes forums potentially less interesting, is the increase in smartphone usage: more and more people are using small screens and keyboards as their primary internet device, which does not lend itself to much more than single word or sentence replies and content, hence the great success of Twitter and FB which do not really need much in the way of typing (or arguably thought). This convenience of access will have an impact on people’s willingness to contribute, rather than just read.
  • #269423

    romanji
    Member

    The lull this site is experiencing was inevitable if only due to the tepid economy in Brazil compared to a few years ago. However I am not aware of any other forums dedicated to English-speaking expats living in Brazil that are still functional besides this one. As long as there are English-speaking expats in Brazil, gringoes will live on! Imagine the surge in activity we’ll see if (when?) the real-estate bubble pops.

  • #269425

    oweng
    Member

    There are other sites for expats located in Brazil. This use to be the best. But that was a few years ago. Even before, when our economy really was awful. Trolls, sock puppets and profiteers now rule this place. Its owner and manager continues to be absent in his shack in Sao Paulo.

  • #269432

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=Gringo.Serrano]
    That’s hardly an all encompassing list, but they are nonetheless valid points as to why less people are coming to Brasil (unless it’s Brasilians moving back home)
    [/QUOTE]

    And that’s the LAST thing Brazil needs!!!!
    ……more Brazilians! LOL
  • #269433

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=Zummbot]The lull this site is experiencing was inevitable if only due to the tepid economy in Brazil compared to a few years ago. However I am not aware of any other forums dedicated to English-speaking expats living in Brazil that are still functional besides this one. As long as there are English-speaking expats in Brazil, gringoes will live on! Imagine the surge in activity we’ll see if (when?) the real-estate bubble pops.[/QUOTE]

    I remember one, I think is was Brazzil.com or something similar which was prostitution talk as far as the eyes could see. It was rather disturbing to tell you the truth. And I am a weird person! LOL
  • #269436

    sahara
    Member

    Gandhi: abusive post deleted. Please read the House Rules, this is your only warning.

  • #269437

    miguel
    Participant

    [QUOTE=The Abbot][QUOTE=Zummbot]The lull this site is experiencing was inevitable if only due to the tepid economy in Brazil compared to a few years ago. However I am not aware of any other forums dedicated to English-speaking expats living in Brazil that are still functional besides this one. As long as there are English-speaking expats in Brazil, gringoes will live on! Imagine the surge in activity we’ll see if (when?) the real-estate bubble pops.[/QUOTE]

    I remember one, I think is was Brazzil.com or something similar which was prostitution talk as far as the eyes could see. It was rather disturbing to tell you the truth. And I am a weird person! LOL

    [/QUOTE]
    Oh yeah Abbot, I recall that site. It started out well enough, with some interesting articles, but with no moderation so speak of on its forums, ended up degenerating into the lowest common denominator (which turned out to be pretty low). Predictably enough, the result was a mass exodus from the site….

  • #269966

    Lou Mac
    Member

    What a sad thread, it’s been a while since i popped in. I hope it will improve as this place was better than the Jeremy Kyle show at times..

  • #269975

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=miguel][QUOTE=The Abbot][QUOTE=Zummbot]The lull this site is experiencing was inevitable if only due to the tepid economy in Brazil compared to a few years ago. However I am not aware of any other forums dedicated to English-speaking expats living in Brazil that are still functional besides this one. As long as there are English-speaking expats in Brazil, gringoes will live on! Imagine the surge in activity we’ll see if (when?) the real-estate bubble pops.[/QUOTE]

    I remember one, I think is was Brazzil.com or something similar which was prostitution talk as far as the eyes could see. It was rather disturbing to tell you the truth. And I am a weird person! LOL

    [/QUOTE]
    Oh yeah Abbot, I recall that site. It started out well enough, with some interesting articles, but with no moderation so speak of on its forums, ended up degenerating into the lowest common denominator (which turned out to be pretty low). Predictably enough, the result was a mass exodus from the site….
    [/QUOTE]

    That’s how I got sucked in there. There were actually some pretty good articles.
  • #269976

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=eiragirl]What a sad thread, it’s been a while since i popped in. I hope it will improve as this place was better than the Jeremy Kyle show at times..
    [/QUOTE]

    The site has actually picked up a little since I started this thread.
  • #269980

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    Did it?

  • #269983

    ffm
    Member

    Yes, it’s not gangbusters but there are rarely 0 post days like there were when I created this thread.

  • #269984

    Finrudd
    Participant

    It is fairly slow, but still preferable to the Facebook site. While that might be amusing to read, it is not something I would post on (or re-join).

    Sure, it has high-traffic, but it also has a high percentage of a-holios! Big smileYou could post something as innocuous as ‘What a nice day it is today’ and within 20 posts, someone would be insulting your mother, or telling you to go back home.
  • #269986

    [QUOTE=finrudd]It is fairly slow, but still preferable to the Facebook site. While that might be amusing to read, it is not something I would post on (or re-join).

    Sure, it has high-traffic, but it also has a high percentage of a-holios! Big smileYou could post something as innocuous as ‘What a nice day it is today’ and within 20 posts, someone would be insulting your mother, or telling you to go back home.

    [/QUOTE]
    Is that loser foreigners acting like pr*cks or loser Brazilians?
    I don’t use Facey too much. I prefer ZapZap (whatsapp)

  • #269988

    Anonymous

    finrudd, there are a few spinoffs on FB that are more useful. we have a spinoff of a spinoff that focuses on food and i would love to see you there. nobody is douchey, since we only invite the nice ones. PM me if you want me to add you.

  • #270020

    I’ve found no such communities on Facebook.
    Moreover, don’t know if things changed, but I didn’t see any douchey behavior, at least in the foreigners-in-brazil sort of communities.

  • #270029

    Anonymous

    gringoes.com is a fb group and it is known as “the shark tank” because all the douchebags who get angry when someone complains about brazil, they are all there.

    there is a general spinoff, where that sort of thing is not tolerated, one for gringo business owners, one related to food, and one related to books. it is expat oriented but not exclusively expat. the food one is EXTREMELY useful.
  • #270038

    link plz. I can’t find the cooking one.
    Shark tank. I skimmed through the stuff twice. I couldn’t see any flames. I guess everyone is just being cordial. But knowing how some Brazilians are, I can easily envision what you’re talking about.
    In the protected Gringoes.com I couldn’t find you, 3casa.

  • #270046

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=3casas]gringoes.com is a fb group and it is known as “the shark tank” because all the douchebags who get angry when someone complains about brazil, they are all there.

    there is a general spinoff, where that sort of thing is not tolerated, one for gringo business owners, one related to food, and one related to books. it is expat oriented but not exclusively expat. the food one is EXTREMELY useful.

    [/QUOTE]

    Shark tank is an understatement….
  • #270050

    Anonymous

    I’m not in the protected or the open gringoes group. I have way too much work-related stuff on FB to waste time with that kind of thing. (it’s also not the spinoff I was talking about)

    the food group i will send you the link to- I am not the admin but I think we try to keep it to people who someone knows, so if you don’t see a member you know, hit me and I’ll make sure the admin knows to approve you.
  • #270111

    gringodr
    Member

    i f**king hate it when brazilians use gringo websites whether its buy and sell or the gringoes fb page, f**k off…. i usually tell my friends about this site for info and the like – im not very active though…

  • #27280

    815
    Member

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