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December 28, 2008

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shiftpro

You know Rachel, sometimes stereotypes are true. I would have agreed completely with you maybe 5 years ago but now, after spending 6 months a year in Brasil for the last 6 years I must say these stories hit the nail on head. At least the way I see things.

shiftpro

You know Rachel, sometimes stereotypes are true. I would have agreed completely with you maybe 5 years ago but now, after spending 6 months a year in Brasil for the last 6 years I must say these stories hit the nail on head. At least the way I see things.

shiftpro

You know Rachel, sometimes stereotypes are true. I would have agreed completely with you maybe 5 years ago but now, after spending 6 months a year in Brasil for the last 6 years I must say these stories hit the nail on head. At least the way I see things.

Patricia

Hi Rachel!

Happy Holidays!
I don't agree with the guy up here.. to think that things in Rio are true about all of Brazil, is to think that Ibiza is what Spain is all about. I don't like any kinds of stereotypes in fact.

After meeting people from so many countries, i don't really thing Brazilians are the drunk ones.. maybe less responsable while drinking.. but anyone who has been out with Australian or Irish people know that Brazilians are up for some good competition ;)

I wish I could be at the beach for Reveillon...Enjoy!

ajoy

The drinking one is the worst! Brazilians may love beer, but so do Americans, Germans, Irish... I could go on all day. Furthermore, people all over the world get drunk from drinking too much! It's somewhat absurd to insert it into something that's a part of "Brazilian culture", as if they are the drunks of the world.

The comments relating drunks with "Carnival culture" are ridiculous as well. When I lived in New Orleans I hated it when people assumed that everyone in New Orleans partied all day, everyday, that Mardi Gras was prime time for Adult Activity right in front of children and that the whole city was like Bourbon Street. I guess New Orleans residents live "Mardi Gras culture". Whatever... Residents usually don't even go to Bourbon Street, unless they live in the French Quarter or they have guests in town who want to go. I am sure that most residents of Rio aren't out getting drunk all the time either, but they may drink a little more on certain occasions, like normal people everywhere.

Eduardo Sant'Anna

yeah... stereotypes should always be avoided.

In my view as a carioca born and bred in the North of Rio (would it make me "carioca da clara"?!), I still insist that even the stereotype that cariocas are always at the beach is untrue. I've always gone to the beach on special ocasions only: some long public holidays, vacation, carnival and that's it. And interestingly enough: 90% of the times I would go to "Região dos Lagos" or even another state, and not exactly to the beaches in the city itself.

Even though I have no official statistics to base my thoughts on,
I keep saying that cariocas that go to the beach often (every week or even every month) are a small 10-20% of the population.

I believe most of us that don't have the beach on the doorstep simply don't bother fighting 1hr traffic + crowds + "flanelinhas" every weekend. It simply doesn't sound much like fun after an exhausting week at work.

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