We’re sick of constantly only hearing about the praises of Brazil… Sometimes you just need to vent… don’t you?
10 Myths about Brazil
1. Soccer… it’s a real obsession. On the metro, there are screens in the cars showing the game or the scores. In a taxi, out of respect, don’t speak louder than the commentator on the radio if it’s an important game. But hey, the games are usually important. Definitely don’t have the false thought that you’ll go to bed early on game night, you will be woken up by your neighbors cheering.
2. Brazil has beaches farther than the eye can see, with girls from Ipanema walking barefoot in the sand with the sunset in the background. Maybe with a couple caipirinhas everyone will look like Gisele Bundchen… #angrygringo
3. There are favelas, drugs and big guns everywhere. Brazil is a dangerous country. But there are many neighborhoods where the only risk is of having your smartphone stolen… nice thought especially when you are imagining someone stabbing you for 20 reais.
4. Brazil has never ending beaches but from our building it’s all skyscrapers and a cloud of pollution. Normal scenery when you know that São Paulo is overcast 23h/24.
5. You have a meeting at 2pm? Set your alarm for 8! Designate 30 minutes for a semi-cold shower, an hour to find and wait for your bus, an hour spent on the bus and an hour to walk there because here, bus stops are every 3km. You will find yourself late but don’t worry: you’ll still have to wait an hour for the other person.
6. Brazilians are very nice but don’t know how to say no. So if you ask for directions they will be happy to point you in the direction of “someone who knows better”.
7. Warm people that’s for sure: a night with a couple drinks with Brazilians and there you go, your new best friends. “See you tomorrow buddy!” and by the time you get home, you sober up enough to realize that no one exchanged numbers.
8. You have a craving for foie gras, sausages, good chocolate or other little things you left behind in France and your sweet mother has sent you a care package full of little treats. It’s too bad that Brazilian customs will refuse this type of package.
9. Brazilian food is delicious that’s for sure. But after a couple months here with feijão and rice every day for lunch… hello love handles. Time to hit the Academia (gym)!
10. In Brazil, a no equals a maybe… We’ll let you imagine what can happen in a nightclub.
Be honest and give us the realities of your Brazil, it may be far from the clichés that surround us in Europe.