Sitting in the lounge at the airport.  In less than 12 hours I will be back in Charlotte….yeah.  Obviously when we travel to another country we see many things that are different than what we are used to.  Thought that I would share a few thoughts/observations.  Brazil is described as a third world country.  I stayed in a small town 45 minutes outside of Rio.  It appears that poverty is common.  Standard of living is low.  I showed pictures previously and described my “shower” and my “washing machine.”  Infrastructure is limited, the roads are totally inadequate.  Rio has a road system that would probably accommodate one million rather than the 7 million people that live there.  The sense is that there is a huge gap between the upper and the lower class.  There appears to be a very small middle class.  Like many places that have a lot of poverty, we (americans) are viewed as rich.  This only came up once where I had a guy who drive for me who tried to screw me in terms of paying him.  The worst part is that he didn’t think I saw what he was doing.  People in spite of this seem relatively happy and content.  Before going there was a lot of stuff about protests.  I don’t know where it went during the world cup, but I had no sense of a huge protest movement.  Nor did I have a sense of impending danger.  Virtually everyone I spoke to said be careful.  The place I stayed had a gate, there was security.  But I could walk the streets, day or night and it was fine.  We did drive to one area at night where we needed the lights on inside the car so that they could see who we were.  Apparently a gang that protects the residents will go after people they cannot identify.


The approach on the roads is remarkable.  People routinely cut each other off, merge aggressively and drive in ways that would never be acceptable in the US.  I saw multiple settings where behavior would have precipitated horrible road rage in the US.  Not one iota in Brazil.  Also, pedestrians have no right of way.  If they want to cross in a cross walk, let them wait.  Lastly is the unique method of speed control.  First, there are at times random speed bumps in places where you might be going fast.  Guess you better slow down or ruin your suspension.  They also have multiple electronic speed checks with cameras.  If you speed, they get a picture, you get a fine.  Sure are better than having the police going out to deal with this.


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5 Responses to “Brazil”

  1. Ratty July 28, 2014 3:39 pm #

    Seems like one of the place I would have no problem living,very similar to Jamaica mon….

    • Steven July 28, 2014 3:47 pm #

      Well Ratty, never been to Jamaica mon, but I suspect that Brazil and Jamaica are quite different.

      • Ratty July 29, 2014 6:41 pm #

        lol..In some ways, you should check it out mon.

        • Steven July 30, 2014 1:43 am #

          haha, will do Rat..mon!!

        • Steven July 7, 2018 5:31 pm #

          The blog is back!!

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