Travel tips Brazil World Cup 2014 #1 to 20

April 1, 2014 at 08:59 7 comments

Caipirinha - Jack Sparrow style

Brazil World Cup travel tips #21 to 40 are here

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

© Jon Cotterill and Pitacodogringo’s Brazilian football site, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jon Cotterill and Pitacodogringo’s Brazilian football site with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gilesmetcalfe2013  |  April 1, 2014 at 09:46

    Reblogged this on No Standing.

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  • 2. Bob Hobson  |  April 3, 2014 at 16:35

    Good tips, thanks. I want to add something that was a life saver on my last trip to Rome. I lost my passport during the day and had no idea it was missing. Fortunately, I had a tracer tag on it. A waiter where I ate lunch found it and entered my tracker number on the website. I was automatically sent a text message (and an email) with a pickup location before I ever even knew my passport was missing. Lucky for me, I was leaving in the morning for Germany and getting a new passport would have been impossible. Tags are available through mystufflostandfound.com That tag saved my trip from total disaster and I put them on my phone, laptop and almost everything that travels with me now.

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  • 3. atypicalstories  |  April 24, 2014 at 11:37

    Tip 18: Stun a Brazilian by adding you don’t really care for The Beatles, either.

    Then tell them everyone in England reckons Paul McCartney was replaced by an actor in the 70’s, and the real one is still missing.

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  • 4. kashinathbhattacharjee  |  May 11, 2014 at 05:03

    Brilliant!! By the way, shall go to Brazil to cover the world cup. It’ll be great to meet you in person. If possible, please share your contact no and/or mail id. On reaching Brazil on 7th June, shall take a Brazilian no and contact you. Take care Thanks and regards

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  • 7. buying sale  |  January 16, 2015 at 16:00

    Hello every one, here every one is shuaring these kinds of know-how, so it’s good to read thuis blog, and I used to ppay a visit this web site all the time.

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The man who came up with: Messi carrying Argentina. Neymar carrying Brazil. British Airways carrying England. My name is Jon Cotterill. I am an English football commentator for TV Globo in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently we're broadcasting two live Campeonato Brasileiro or Campeonato Paulista games per week plus our magazine show, Footbrazil to 180 countries. + Eu trabalho como narrador na TV Globo em São Paulo, Brasil. Atualmente, nos transmitimos dois jogos ao vivo do Campeonato Brasileiro ou Campeonato Paulista por semana e nosso programa de futebol semanal, Footbrazil.

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