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  1. Hey MVAN1, thank you for your active presence in this free forum. If I were you, I would keep posting comments and links that you think might further any conversation hereabouts. Just knowing each of your post sends these cussed trolls into paroxysm of hate and envy should be your encouragement.
  2. In my early years of vacationing in Brazil, I used to take long walks along the length of Copacabana and Ipanema, close to the water very early in the morning, even before the gulls could make out where the garbage are on the sand. I did not realize how dangerous it was until I was stopped by a gang of young teenage boys and demanded money. I emptied my pocket and showed them the only things I had on me, the key to my apartment and a photocopy of my passport. Never did that again and that was 2004 when everything was said to be coming up roses for the Brazilian economy. And oh, Alterosa sauna. That was an absolute favourite of another brazilophile I regularly come across the saunas of Sampa and Rio who was decidedly devoted to plenty and cheap. It must have been in 2009 when we happened to be staying at the same hotel but I left a few days early when Alterosa was held up by a gang which was the event that finally closed it. I telephoned him once he got back to San Francisco just to see if he was there during the hold-up. As it turned out, he had an in-hotel-room engagement that prevented him from being at his usual rounds at Alterosa when the incident took place.
  3. They don't care enough to hire from Brazil's ocean of unemployed to clean and keep clean the bathrooms?
  4. You want to pay but avoid the sauna scene. It sounds as though you have not completely comprehended what the Brazilian sauna scene is all about as amply discussed in this forum. But if you have, perhaps what you are looking for is the rush, excitement, unpredictability even obvious danger that most street scenes anywhere offer. For that you do not have to cross the Pacific basin, they have it everywhere.
  5. You wear good watch in Rio where thieving is so rampant and in your face? I only wear good watch when going to a place where it prompts courtesy from wait staff. Btw, thieving goes on even in so called first world countries. They just tell you your good chef’s knives are not allowed in checked-in luggage.
  6. When everybody and everything in Brazil should be gearing up for next year’s summer olympics, the whole country now is on a stand-still due to the extent of corruption being uncovered? They better brace themselves for the international humiliation awaiting them. Brazilian self-esteem and patriotism, not the most laudable thing about them even on the best of circumstances, will never recover. Why don't they employ idle manpower to clear the Lagoa of dead fish and floating fecal matter.
  7. All the things they celebrate in their music. This particular one about a beach in Salvador: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLOqNeCps20
  8. Cauan is pretty close to Cohen. Also written as Kauã, Cauã, Kauan. Although almost everyone in Brazil has an Italian grandparent, Carmen as a guy’s name is rare. It would have further confuse you not knowing whether he was Carmen or Cohen.
  9. Ah, the same with their beef, the higher quality cuts are exported while the locals are left to gnaw on picanha'. I was standing at the bar of Meo Mundo one slow night and looked through the window into their kitchen while the cook who specialized in water-logged pasta was making coffee. He filled a large cone lined with paper filter with the ground coffee and slowly poured hot water into it. He then diluted the thick dripped coffee with lots of water and proceeded to boil it. He then filled his thermos pump with this and I thought, no wonder coffee commonly served in Brazil is execrable.
  10. Serves Starbucks right. They import coffee into Brazil? Charles de Gaulle might have been right, Brazil is not a serious country.
  11. Because old churches are a major part of certain countries' cultural heritage. If you were visiting Minas Gerais or Salvador, BA and you skipped the churches, you would be left with precious little to appreciate. Next time you solicit visitors' attractions, specify no churches and see what you get.
  12. Not to detract from all the marvellous reporting, the correct name of the venue is Mezzaninu. Like mezzanine with the final e replaced by u.
  13. As bad as all of these (scandals) may seem, as in everything else, it’s probably worse. I could not believe when I heard that the Rio Olympic committee hired a-noun-a-verb + 911 Giuliani as security consultant. But as in everything to do with Brazil, if they can just coach things in the context of futbol, they might just be able to pull it off.
  14. Polluted air is not always apparent. But speaking of water, the body of water you pass on your way to the airport stinks even on windy days. That might be a telltale sign it’s polluted. The single most disgusting and dangerous situation I experience every time I needed to do be in the central downtown area of Rio are the unfixed burst sewer drainage that you have to jump over to get to the other side of the street. There has always been one almost in front of Confeteria Columbo unless they have fixed it recently. This was the same problem Oswaldo Cruz had been warning about at the turn of the previous century. If they cannot fix it for the benefit of their own local inhabitants, why would they fix it for the Olympics. And the flood in front of Hotel Atlantico. Every time it rains, water washes down from the favelas from up the street. These are unserviced areas as are the bulk of favelas all over Brazil. In Rio, these favelas are usually situated in elevated areas of the city so water washing down from there is actually untreated sewage.
  15. Same from here. But do tell us too about what you ate, I mean the food.
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