Travel tips Brazil World Cup 2014 #1 to 20
Here are the first twenty Brazil World Cup travel tips that went out on my Twitter account @Pitacodogringo between 4th March and 31st March 2014.
I’ve lived in Brazil since 2002 and the ideas are based on my experiences – a few ex pats who know the country well, also chipped in. Some tips offer advice; others are observations on what it’s like living here as a gringo, and some are there just to poke a tiny bit of fun at the locals. Each is 140 characters or less.
The tips are in no particular order.
Brazil World Cup tips 1: Brazilians are very friendly. Expect invites to homes & parties. Just don’t expect to be given the address
Brazil World Cup tips 2: Socializing – Ask the locals why they love Pelé but don’t particularly like Edson Arantes do Nascimento
World Cup tips 3: Caipirinhas (photo) are stronger than you think. Three might put you under the table. They’re also expensive. Make your own
Brazil World Cup tips 4: The power often goes off when it rains heavily. Don’t leave home without a generator – bring your own generator
Brazil travel tips 5: Forget Samba. This is the kind of rubbish you’re more likely to hear in Brazil
Brazil World Cup tips 6: “Danger! Will Robinson. Danger!” Pedestrians take special care on the roads. There are some real dickheads about
Brazil World Cup tips 7: Some things are ridiculously expensive e.g. shaving foam, suntan oil, tea bags. Bring your own
Brazil World Cup tips 8: You may decide you want to live in Brazil. Your new Brazilian girlfriend/boyfriend will want to live in Europe/USA
Brazil World Cup tips 9: Getting a decent Wifi connection on your phone will be a pain in the arse
Brazil W Cup tips 10: Not a Utd, City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea or Spurs fan? Get used to being asked ‘But which big team do you like?’
Brazil World Cup tips 11: Some revellers/performers get near naked during carnaval. But going topless on the beaches is still frowned upon
Brazil World Cup tips 12: Football shirts are ridiculously expensive. Average price for a new one is around R$200. That’s £51 / €61 / U$85
Brazil World Cup tips 13: Making friends – Facebook is often pronounced ‘Facey booky’ or ‘Facey’. Twitter is ‘Twee ter’
Brazil World Cup tips 14: Brazilians will want to know what you think about their country/city. Marvellous, Fantastic, Paradise are the words they want to hear
Brazil World Cup tips 15: Draught beer (chopp – “shoppy”) is ice cold & excellent. But it’s served in small glasses and with a lot of froth
Brazil World Cup tips 16: Contrary to what you may have been told, the vast majority of people who live in favelas are law-abiding, hard-working people
Brazil World Cup tips 17: Average temperatures in June – Manaus 81F/27C, Belo Horizonte 65F/18C, São Paulo 64F/17C, Curitiba 55F/12C
Brazil World Cup tips 18: England fans -stun a Brazilian by telling them you don’t particularly like Queen, Pink Floyd or the Rolling Stones
Brazil World Cup tips 19: If you end up staying at a ‘motel’ on your trip, you may be in for a surprise or two
Brazil World Cup tips 20: If you drive to the games, be prepared to pay for the privilege of parking your car on the street
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