Nothing better than a japonese descendent to be in this picture, his natural happiness and spontaneous smile jsut show us how happy Marcio was when visiting our japonese neighborhood!
The stores has lots of japonese products, most of the signs are in japonese, people speak japonese, the newspapers are bilingual and soemtimes just in japonese language!
It is indeed one of my favourite places in São Paulo!
Brazil has the biggest japonese colony outside Japan, and LIBERDADE is the main japonese neighborhood in the country!
We should thank for the people of Japan for so many good things that we have in Brazil!
September 18th, 2004
A wonderful father and a spectacular daughter...No doubt. Friendly, understanding, open minded, that is how my friend Mike is; a hippopotamus of culture, great sense of humour and lots of adventure spirits, that is how my friend Robyn is!
It was a honor to welcome them in our beaches and make them know that we have hidden places in the country, and they will impress you!
Boraceia is one of the wildest beaches in the Rio-Santos Road.
This road is very scenic, everybody should travel for one or two days, this is the most beautiful way for you to go to Rio when you leave São Paulo.
February 20th, 2005
In Brazil with horrendous traffic, muggings, and flooding due to rains, many wealthy Paulista choose to hop from rooftop to rooftop. Pay attention to the skys and you will see them hop scotching from building to building. In Sampa, women go shopping and youngster go clubbing via helicopters. You can take a scenic tour out of Campo de Marte airport too.
Sometimes you will be surrounded by a jungle of concrete, but it is nice because the street is full of nice residential buildings in the Jardins, in some corners you can find lots of trees in the pavements, but one thing made São Paulo even more special to me, I found a street with my name!;)))))
I was there when I was trying to get my canadian visa for the second time, and it was a good sign!;)
Rafael Street in Jardins!;)
In Brazil its commom people kiss the face each other when introduce yourself,but only man with woman or woman kiss another woman. Girls be prepare at pub because guys will ask you a kiss(not kiss in the face).
Boys always start conversation with girl when he try date.
the minimum age to drink its 18.
Young people like to go out 11:00 PM to dance or have fun time!
Try to drink caipirinha, Tradicional Brazilian drink , but careful if you drink a lot you can get high.
*****You will have to enlarge this photo to see what I mean: running along the top of the garage wall here is a colorful trim of all sizes of bits and shards of BROKEN GLASS! It sure beats plain 'ole barbed wire or the ugly, generic, clear broken glass....... ;-)))*****
Brazilians are very warm people. Men shake hands, women and men and women with women kiss once on the cheek, when saying "hi". We love to hug, and be friendly. Brazilians also LOVE to talk using their hands... I think we got that from the Italians, I don´t know. So, don´t be afraid if somebody comes and kisses you! Hehe... it´s normal in here! We also talk loud and we love to smile!
Remember to be very friendly and to look cheerful, because Brazilians and educated and are very nice folks. Don´t ever discriminate against anyone because of their color, sexual orientation or mock a person´s way, because that´s a crime and nowadays people take these things seriously.
The word " RAPEL "means,to get into a cascade by going down using a lash.
This sport became very popular in Brazil nowadays,and this region definately has it all for its addicts!!
I learned to practice Rapel here in Bocaina,it's not easy,but scaring sometimes,especially in one's first time!!
It requsts a good fitness,and a completely non-fear for heights!!
I'll post here some pictures of our "rapel".
Why it's here in "local customs" tips?
Well,because I learned it from a local guy here!!
Enjoy (and do not practice at home :-))
All beaches in Brazil are FREE. And unlike here in the US, it's legal to drink alcohol (without the brown bag)! Try caipirinha, our national drink.
People usually spend the whole day in the beach. We eat, play, swim, sun bathe, nap, until the sun goes down...
religion: Brasilian catholicism is heavily mixed with the Yoruban west African religions of the slaves from North Brasil. There are lots of very beautiful traditions unique to Brasilian catholicism that I don't think I could explain as well as a Brasilian. Here is the she-devil goddess that a friend gave to me--it's one of my most special possessions and looks over me whenever I draw.
If you manage to visit before June 2nd, 2002, you must see the Bienal. In it's 25th year, it is the oldest in the World after Venice's.
To the uninitiated, certain cities around the World hold these festivals of contemporary art, generally loosely organized around a central theme. The theme of this year's São Paulo Bienal is 'Metropolitan Iconography'
Get there and see it. More info at: http://bienalsaopaulo.terra.com.br/
If you can't manage it, I'll see you at Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany! http://www.documenta.de/documenta_gruen.html
They do not speak, they like being nude and they are very polite, I love playing with them in one of the most interesting parks of São Paulo. Ibirapuera Park
November 8th, 2004
Religious holidays are celebrated more vigiriously here then England , everyone buys an egg , everyone prays.
But ofcourse nothing changes what will be will be
*****...when you live so close to multiple helipads on the rooftops of your neighbors' highrises? This is the way to travel across town in Sao Paulo...*****
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