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  1. sfcastro

    Cuba, May 2018

    On my trip to Cuba, when I went to Las Vegas, even being one of the first people in the bar, when I tried to sit at one of the tables closer to the stage even being willing to pay for the bottle of liquor & mixers, I was told that almost everyone of the tables was reserved. This happened on two occasions. Is this the case or is there another method to getting a decent table? Supposively, the only ones available were far away from the stage/middle area. Also, what is the current rate for the guys in Las Vegas?
  2. I've been to all four countries and Belgrade has the best gay scene of all of them, but with that said, none have outstanding gay scenes compared to most cities and the LGBT culture is not as widely accepted. For example, Bucharest has essentially one popular gay bar with all the other new ones that have tried closing (there is currently one other new bar there but fairly small), Sofia very small gay bar crowds on Friday and Saturday nights, etc. Also be sure to be cautious as with any new city. I've "lost" way too many phones in the clubs so much that I refuse to carry one anymore when I go. Many of the locals have warned against the typical pickpockets and putting a drink down for fear of someone slipping a drug in it. Enjoy your travels.
  3. Much easier to apply online. Note that the fee is only $40 for US citizens, but the visa is only valid for 2 years versus the 10 year visa that is available from the Brazilian consulate.
  4. sfcastro

    Belo Horizonte

    Thanks Demedici and TotallyOz for your advice. I had the opportunity to visit Belo Horizonte for a few days and really like Sauna Olimpo. The sauna is one of the nicest I have visited in Brazil. I was there mid-week with 10-20 boys there each night. I found the atmosphere to be much more relaxed with many of the locals coming in for a social setting, playing cards, having drinks with the boys and the boys being much less aggressive about programas. They have the typical shows and of course, bingo on certain nights. The entrance fee was R$40 (it is R$52 on weekends) and drink prices were much less than in Rio or Sao Paulo. The sauna has a number of free small cabines for use, which they keep clean. Overall, I would recommend a visit to Belo Horizonte for a weekend. Here is a link to the Olimpio website with photos: http://saunaolimpo.com.br/
  5. I am going to be spending a few days in Belo Horizonte this month. Any saunas other than Olimpo Sauna worth visiting? Any other advice for visiting the city?
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    Where to change currencies?

    Also, be sure and set up alerts with your bank for any international transactions that are made on your card. You can then see the exchange rate that you received for the transaction and be alerted quickly if your card is compromised. I've been surprised when my card has been compromised despite all the precautions I have taken and I can quickly cancel it.
  7. I went to Bar Fama on a Saturday night a couple weekends ago for the first time based on this recommendation. I arrived around midnight and the place was virtually empty with 3 customers, including me. There were about 7-8 working guys outside the bar, most of them in the 18-25 age range, and they rotated in and out of the bar over the time that I was there. They were all fairly friendly, some stopping over to say hello, yet not overly aggressive. If you wanted a guy, the only place inside to go was the restrooms (they can be locked/private), or you could go to a nearby hotel by the hour. I could not find the area where an earlier poster mentioned that there was a railing with guys hanging over it getting blowjobs. While virtually empty, I was quite happy having met this 21 year old ripped guy who took out his 10 inch dick in the bathroom and then things progressed from there. A R$30 tip ($10 USD) to him was well worth it. Inspired me to meet another guy there, which I was happy to meet up with, but not quite as good as the first. It's a different scene yet can be very rewarding. Close to Republica area if you want to head over there after this bar. A couple photos of the inside of the bar.
  8. I think with all the new lighting that they put in for the World Cup/Olympics, which lights up Copacabana beach at night, some of us may have felt a little safer on the beach as the sun goes down. I've heard the stories many times about not going on the beach at night over the years and thought maybe things were a little safer. I was there a few months ago and was continuing to hang out on the beach at dusk with a Brazilian guy feeling relatively safe when one of the vendors came over to us and advised us to leave. He said it was really unsafe to stay on the beach even for a little while at dusk given the robberies that continue to occur. We were fortunately to leave without any incident. Badboy81 thanks for sharing your story to remind everyone.
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    One of the guys I have known in Brazil for a long time asked me to be the Padrinho (Godfather) for his new born child. For a number of reasons, I plan on declining. I have been told that the obligations of a godparent are different in the Brazilian culture but I do not know what the differences are. Anyone know what the expected obligations of a godparent are in Brazil?
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    Exchange rate

    Unfortunately not because things are improving.... Brazil's beleaguered currency rebounds after intervention threathttp://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/24/us-brazil-crisis-idUSKCN0RO20F20150924
  11. After being told by the guys at Pointe not to come there on Monday but to go to the new sauna, Estacao in Botafogo, I decided to give it a try on Monday a couple weeks ago. The entrance fee was 30 realis and it was a 15 minute walk from the Botafogo subway station. The sauna is extremely small and when I arrived around 8:30 pm, there were two clients (including myself), two garotos working, the doorman, the bartender, the massage therapist and one guy taking care of the rooms. While generally nice and new (except the lockers came from Pointe), I don’t think the sauna will last long unless things change and a lot of garotos and clients start going there, but will be interesting to see now that this is Junior's only sauna . A couple pictures are below.
  12. I also found that HSBC gave one of the most competitive exchange rates when I used their ATM's. I've used Citibank, HSBC and Bradesco all within 10 minutes of each other on a weekend and received the best exchange rate from HSBC. Sorry to hear that they are pulling out of Brazil as they were my preferred bank when I was in Brazil. What other banks will let you take out 1000 plus reais per day?
  13. I saw this ad on netgay.com.br today for Thermas Estação. Does anyone have any information on the re-launch?
  14. sfcastro


    "Most of the "nice" hotels are in Estadio or Poblanbo, which are over 3 miles out and yellow street cabs are not super safe in Columbia for tourists. English is non-existant." First, thanks for all of the great information. On the comment on the cabs, is it just that they potentially will overcharge you or other issues?
  15. Once you get the Brazil sim card, if you want to maintain it for future trip, you need to add money to your prepaid account usually at least once every three months otherwise the number will expire and you will need to get a new sim card once you return to Brazil. You can view your account online, along with the expiration date of the sim before you have to recharge, but be sure to get the password associated with your account when you are in Brazil (most cellular companies send you a text message with the password). You can recharge the sim account using one of the many services that allow you to "Top Up" accounts in foreign countries. One challenge I have had is US credit cards are often declined. If you have this issue, consider using Paypal if you have an account and it is an option on the site as it works with no issues.