Do's & Dont's
Try - Brazil's regional food
is rich as it is varied. Be curious and taste a little of
everything. Eating is the best way to capture the flavor
of a country.
Buy - Brazilian beachwear,
such as bikinis (for women) and Bermuda shorts (for men)
are among the most famous, charming and cheap in the world.
Barter - Never accept the
first price that street vendors offer you. To barter and
haggle are part of the very pleasure of buying and selling.
Speak - You don't have to
be fluent in Portuguese, but to know a few words in the
local language will cause a good impression and will make
Brazilians proud of their country and they'll also appreciate
Smile - Even if no one understands
your language, they'll understand your gestures. Brazilians
are a natural happy people and smiling is a part of everyone's
day to day.
Overexposure - Brazil is
a hot country with intensely sunny days. Don't overdo it
by staying hours under the hot sun while at the beach. You're
sure to be laughed at if you get your skin pink instead
Flowered shirts - Brazil
is not Hawaii and its official holiday clothes don't necessarily
include garish and extravagantly colored shirts. Be more
discreet if you don't want to draw unwanted attention.
- Socks, in Brazil, are used only with covered footwear,
such as shoes or sneakers. It is a hot country and one doesn't
need socks when wearing slippers or sandals.
Downtown nightlife - With
few exceptions, the downtown or central areas of Brazil's
major cities are only frequented commercially by daylight.
At night they are largely deserted and are often dangerous.
Ask proper guide or a local friend for advice.
Criticizing the country -
Brazilians are always making jokes about their own sorrows
and problems, but they are patriots above all else and don't
take kindly to foreigners picking on their shortcomings.
Warm beer - Beer in Brazil
is only and always icy cold, or stupidly cold as Brazilians
say. To ask for beer that is not cold or to complain that
it is too cold get people poking fun at you in no time.
EnjoyBrazil Magazine - Year 1 #2