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June 10, 2008

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jeanne

Excellent post!
It's unbelievable how Canadians view Brazil just like Americans do. but you know what? I lived in Bolivia for 4 years and all you said they think it's true!
I don't know why the WORLD sees Brazil as a place full of sluts, drugs and monkeys everywhere!
Here in Toronto the temperature is around 41°C this week. When I say that I hate this weather people look at me and say "But you're from Brazil, you should be used to high temperatures".
Come on! Please read Adventures of Gringa in Rio! PLEASE!

jeanne

Excellent post!
It's unbelievable how Canadians view Brazil just like Americans do. but you know what? I lived in Bolivia for 4 years and all you said they think it's true!
I don't know why the WORLD sees Brazil as a place full of sluts, drugs and monkeys everywhere!
Here in Toronto the temperature is around 41°C this week. When I say that I hate this weather people look at me and say "But you're from Brazil, you should be used to high temperatures".
Come on! Please read Adventures of Gringa in Rio! PLEASE!

Vivian

THANK YOU! Seriously.

Priyanka

I definitely agree. Foreigners from every country have these stereotypes sadly.

ali la loca

Yes, there are many people that maintain these misperceptions about Brasil. But, to be fair, there are also plenty of Americans, Canadians, Europeans, etc. who take the time to learn about Brasil before traveling there, who flee from stereotypes, and who make it a priority not to be the ugly tourist! I've been pleasantly surprised at the level of general knowledge and awareness from the "gringos" who will be attending our wedding in Rio next month.

I think it's worth mentioning that the problem of stereotypes is definitely not a one-way road. It's just as frustrating to hear people in Brasil talk about how in the US everyone eats hamburgers and junk food for every meal, how the schools are all terrible, how nobody knows geography or cares about world events, etc!

The more we travel and interact with people from different cultures and countries, the less these misperceptions will prevail. Blogs are a great tool in reducing stereotypes, so good on you for publishing this.

Fernando Mafra

Congratulations on your post. I'm from São Paulo and have had the pleasure of meeting several interesting and interested (in Brazil) gringos. I hear all the time about the stereotypes and it allways makes me glad to see a gringo who knows what they're talking about.
Keep up the good work and spread the word!

Gabriela

As a Peruvian, I definitely agree with all you say in this post. There are lots of miconceptions and prejudgements when it comes to this part of the world.
The last Indiana Jones movie, for instance, is full of mistakes of all kinds.
All the best from Lima, Peru.

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