• Thanks everyone! The apt. is in Praca da Arvore neighborhood in Sao Paulo. So, it’s not one ofthose trendy Zona Sul areas with fancy new buildings which normally have thejacked-up price tags. I did some digging and found that the owner bought it originally as aninvestment property and that it’s been vacant for 6 months. I am going to checkit out…[Read more]

  • Hi all, I’d like to pick the brains of the Gringoes.com community. I found a great apt in my neighborhood and it is below market prices for this area. There doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with it. My question is.. should I wait and see if the “bubble bursts” or buy it now. My friend who is realtor (he is not representing the seller) said it’s…[Read more]

  • Hi all,here’s an update to this saga. I ended up adding the BFF and he turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The guy who I was dating was a pilot and was only in SP 1-2 days a week. I thought that the BFF was keeping tabs on me, but no, we just talked about politics and religion. Things with the pilot were rocky, as he’d start to get close to…[Read more]

  • It’s not really a novelty.. Fbook has been around for more than 5 yrs. Maybe a novelty for most Brazilians who are abandoning Orkut..Twitter is annoying.. I agree w/ you on this one.. Who cares what you’re doing right now. It’s another forum for narcissistic people to talk about their otherwise normal, boring life.

  • Thanks everyone! I thought it was kind of odd and that it was someone else to “check in” on me, since my privacy settings are set up like Fort Knox (due to my job). So, will ignore this guy’s request. But Facebook is a great way of keeping in touch w/ friends and family around the globe. It’s not just for adolescents.

  • Hi all, Kind of a romance-related question. Starting seeing a Brazilian guy in his 30s and it’s at the lame stage of “we’re more than friends” but he isn’t willing to commit to more. So, the other day, his BFF requested to be my friend on Fbook. I’ve never met this friend. I thought it was odd. My Brazilian friends here are divided. Some think…[Read more]

  • The problem with the furnished apts (mobiliados) is that you can’t take the furniture with you when you moved. And the quality of the furniture is not always that great. You can get appliances for cheap at pontofrio or casas bahia. Used furniture can be found on craigslist.org and/or some used furniture stores (Bazar Sambura in SP is a good one).…[Read more]

  • Marina, No thanks! No visa, no job. The company I worked for has been in business since 1990, so length of time in operation has nothing to do with how ethical a company is or what they do for their employees. BTW, I got a job working for a company that sponsored my visa, so not looking for a job. Just wanted to give a heads up to the people who…[Read more]

  • Marina, I hope you pay your teachers well since I know that these English schools make an enormous profit off the hard work of these teachers working illegally. Do you pay their fines when they overstay their tourist visa? People who are looking for a job: Don’t fall for these great claims of these schools. They will not go to bat for you when you…[Read more]