it was short but sweet. . Brasil is an amazing place, but for me it is a great place to visit but not a great place to live..
My major problems with living here:
-it is really expensive. . equal to cost in the US and UK for taxis, accommodation, buses, food, clothes, ect. . .
-it is very difficult to legally get a vehicle and drive here and unlike Thailand the pay off with the cops is much steeper. .
-everything in Brasil is really spread out, so the stores are far and they close early. . without a vehicle it becomes difficult to get any shopping done. . I was shocked at the fact that there are almost zero 24 hour convenient stores (especially coming from the land of 7/11's)
-nightlife is really expensive. . most bars and clubs have heavy cover charges
-there is a danger factor. . there have been 2 armed robberies in front of my school since I moved here
there was a great deal I liked about it and would recommend it for a 10 day vacation, but I wouldn't recommend taking work out here unless you were very well paid. .
In all honesty I would have stayed longer and gave it more of a chance but a great opportunity presented itself for a job at an international school back in Thailand...
here are some shots I took:
above the clouds overlooking rio
Sunset in Rio
A really cool area in Rio called Lapa where the streets are just filled with people from 11pm until about 5am
Rio at night
another night shot
Cool little Beatlejuice monkeys
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Too bad mate. Well, there are plenty of other countries.
Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy it. Congrats on the new job though!
Still a unique experience. Great pics and great story.
Keep us posted.
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I know you went to a hellva lot of effort to get there . . on the other hand you are racking up a bunch of flyer miles
South America is not for me either
We'll see you back here
yeah...overall it was a great experience. . i met a ton of cool people, and had some really great times. No regrets at all. .
Are you going to miss those big, fat fannies?
"Goddamn it Lord, bless oh ye this bacon..."
George Liquor American
At least you gave it a try. You can now say "Brazil - been there done that. Job done"
I have only ever fancied Brazil for a few days visit. I've watched too many movies to ever want to make South America my home. I tend to file Brasil and Rio in the same place I'd put Jakarta and Manila. I would go there at a push but trying so hard to keep my wits about me would probably spoil the enjoyment. Holidays are for relaxation, not worrying about which streetkid is going to pick your pocket next or which scam artist iwants to be your new best friend and tell you England is the greatest country in the world.
The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.
There are few problems in life that cannot be solved with toast.
One of them, however, is opening a can of corned beef with that stupid key. This cannot easily be done at the best of times, and toast is of surprisingly little use in resolving the issue.
Congrats on the new, new job. And welcome back to Bangkok where the air is fresh, the beaches are clean, the people are happy and the country is relatively violence free.
How easy is it to get work and for what kind of salary there please? Looks great
@Pan. . yes i will def miss the big Brazilian booties. . it really is unreal and amazing. .
@Desert- not a runner. . its so difficult to get a work visa out here. it takes like 3-6 months and the Brazilian embassy is on strike. .I agreed to a short term contract with the option to extend, so Im leaving on good terms with my school
@Mr Blake. . the blond is an American teacher who I worked with. . beautiful girl
@ Sandy it is not easy to secure a job here, especially legally. . .If u are really interested shoot me a PM and ill give you the name of some schools and some contacts. . the pay you can expect is between 65,000 and 75,000 baht plus most schools pay for your apartment. .most schools want education degrees and 3 years of teaching experience
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great threads. thx for putting us in the know matt
The monkey kinda of looks like a crack addict I once saw in Detroit. Tried to search on the web, but couldn't find out what it is. Do you know its name? BTW- one door closes and another, hopefully better, opens.
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