In two trips to Brazil I learned:
- The country isn’t made for rain, but you can find alternate ways to have fun.
- They like cheese in food…a lot. But not necessarily good cheese. You must become an expert orderer, less you end up with a baked potato loaded with tasteless cheese and a crepe of the same filling.
- Two words/phrases you should drop whenever possible: valeu (a cool version of “thanks”) and show de bola (an awesome time). They will help you crack every nut out there.
- The boys are relentless and will ask you to go to a “love motel” within 30 minutes of meeting you. Also, PDA is not only accepted, but expected.
- Protect your juice/ice cream on the streets. It can easily be snatched straight from your hands.
- There is a very good reason that only non-alcoholic beer is served at soccer games.
- They serve tiny beers (“chope”) because they like to serve it cold. Freezing cold. Sometimes with ice particles floating in it, which sort of ruins the taste of beer.
- Hang tight to your havianas in a stream.
- They like to round their prices up or down, making change irrelevant. But somehow you end up with a bunch of irrelevant, heavy change.
- It’s easy to meet people. Our Ilha Grande last supper was a table of 20.
- A pineapple and mint juice is a delicious thing.
- How to dance samba.
Posted by: Mariela