10 things I love about being in Brazil

10 things I love about being in Brazil

I wrote an article on the 10 things I loved about being in Argentina a little while ago when in Argentina.  So I seemed it only fitting to do the same for Brazil.  This is a country that has long been on my radar, but put off due to visa constraints and the sheer size of the country.  Now that I have arrived, I couldn’t be more excited.  This is a country of great diversity a near perfect climate and some amazing landscapes.  There are a thousand things to like about being in Brazil, but these are my top 10:

1) Beaches

I had just spent over two months in the stretches of Patagonia surviving bitter cold weather and winds that literally swept people off their feet.  And all though I did go for a swim on a beach in Antarctica, the beaches in Brazil are much more conducive to relaxation and serenity.  Soft sand beaches, rich green landscapes, and a combination numbers 3, 6, 8, and 10, what else could a single man like me ask for?



2) Fresh Juices

Oh juice how I adore thee.  There is nothing like fresh fruit squeezed into a glass with thick pulp.  In most cities in Brazil, nearly every street is cornered by a shop that sells fresh fruit juices ranging from everything between pineapple and locally famous acai.  They usually also sell cheap burgers and are open 24 hours a day.  The perfect place for a snack any time of day or night.

3) Women

The women of Brazil are shaped like goddesses and walk like they know it.  They have soft coco butter skin, bright white smiles, and enough attitude to keep any man intrigued and on his toes.

Brazil Beach Volleyball

4) Diversity

I’ve always been a big fan of diversity, and for the “Anchorman” fans out there, no, diversity isn’t an old wooden ship.  However, diversity, if played out right, is a beautiful thing.  The agglomeration of cultures from Iberian European all the way to African form the heart, soul, and fabric of Brazilian culture.

5) Sport

Brazil could easily become one of the world’s great sports nations.  It seems like everywhere you go there is a different group of people taking in a different sport.  Whether it be beach volleyball, basketball, or the more popular football.  Go to any beach and you’ll find people playing sports.  Impressively, you’ll see match of footvolley which is basically volleyball played without using your hands.

Brazil Women's Beach Volleyball

Brazil Women's Beach Volleyball

6) Women

Brazilian women are not only beautiful, but, in association with number 5, they are also very athletic.  They have the shape of the most finely carved sculpture and they know how to rock it.  If you ever head down to Ipanema Beach for a weekend sunset, have the neck brace handy because, men, your heads will be turning at an uncontrollable pace.

7) Music and Dance

I’ve been known to get down on a dance floor or two in my day, but in all honesty, it’s probably not all too pretty.  I’m guessing that I must look like Vanilla Ice mixed with Ross from friends when I dance.  However, the Brazilians have no shortage of dance moves or the rhythmic music to accompany it all.  Brazil, along with Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia, really form the heart and soul of Latin American Music.

Carnival Dancer... photo credir news.in

8 ) That thong tha, thong, tong thong

It’s not the thong itself; it is the idea of the thong that I like.  In Brazil women of all shapes and sizes rock out the thong without a second thought.  You see, the thong is a symbol of a culture that prides itself on the ability to be open and honest about everything, including the size of their bottoms.  So I tip my glass to you Brazil, “to thongs!!”

9 )Language

I never realized how much I began to take for granted my ability to speak Spanish until I reached Brazil.  It was like traveling Central America 5 years ago all over again.  There is something really fun about the struggle to try and communicate and eventually overcoming it in the end.  To me, Portuguese sounds hilarious when spoken.  It almost sounds like a really drunken version of Spanish with a dash of broken French.  In any case, it is always good fun to challenge myself to learn a new language.

10) Women

Their toes dig softly in the fine sand wrapped in Haviana sandals as they walk along the busy Copacabana beach front.  Their legs begin, but never seem to end.  The Brazilian women are a gift to men; it should be considered an honour just to set your eyes on the beauty exemplified by these incredible ladies.  Accompanied by number 8, well, there are just not words for that.

Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. You forgot Women….

    And food! Brlazilian food!

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    • I didn’t have any room for Brazilian food in the article…

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  2. Brazil’s been in my radar for quite a while now, since it’s one of the countries that allow Filipinos to visit without getting a visa. It’s just the distance (and the cost of flying) that is making me pick a closer destination (from where I am right now).

    I also love the humor: 3 counts for women?!?!?! But what if you’re gay? 🙂

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    • hahaha… don’t think the girls were complaining too much about the dudes here either.

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  3. I love this post. My wife? not so much 🙂

    Brazil seems incredible, definitely on our list!

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    • Skott… you weren’t supposed to let your wife see it!!! Didn’t you read the preliminary advisory?!!?

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  4. hahahahah!!!
    3. WOMEN
    6. WOMEN
    10. WOMEN

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  5. As somebody who lived in Brazil for 6 months this brought back fond memories. I share your sentiments on the women. I used to say “this is really unfair. How can one country have such a disproportionately high population of beautiful women. The rest of the world got shafted.” The beaches are incredible there too. If you haven’t ventured down to the South of Brazil, I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s a different world.

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    • Ya, just pent a month in the South, it was amazing! I{m heading up to the North Next… and the Pantanal in a couple of days

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  6. Well the Brazilian men are nothing to sneeze at either! 😉

    Oh how I love the juice bars and fresh delicious fruit on every corner.

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  7. Mmmm… so you did like Brazilian women, eh! 🙂
    I loved this phrase (which is not about women…) “It almost sounds like a really drunken version of Spanish with a dash of broken French.” Brazilian Portuguese is such a musical language, I love it.
    Did you like the food? I’d kill for some feijoada and brigadeiros. And pao de quejio too 🙂

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  8. Oh man this piece makes me want to jump on the plane there tomorrow! However I shall remain patient; I’m plotting to go there in 2014 for the World Cup and a bit of travelling.

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    • what would make you think that???

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  9. Im Brazilian and I LLLLLOVE Brazil, everything posted is true. The beach is everyone’s second home. People go to play, meet friends, catch a wave, flirt, eat, work-out, study, relax, do business, drink a beer or caipirinha, say hello to strangers, make new friends, show-off, you name it ! but, most importantly in the Brazilian spirit and diversity, that’s what make this Country so unique! Eu te adoro Brasil.

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    • It’s easy to love brazil 😀

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  10. Portugues Drunk Version of Spanish? Its so disrespectful. First because Portuguese is older than Spanish… Second because it has more sounds, that is why it sounds a bit like a mix of Spanish, French and Italian and third because actually almost 40% of Latin American Population do speak portuguese.

    About women women women… Disgusting. Brazil is not only women, sex, carnival, people talking in “drunk spanish” (WTF?) and having fun. We’re not the sixth large economy in the World because we spend all our time having fun, sex and “trying to speak spanish” (So lets assume that English is a sort of Drunk German?)…

    Your comment about Brazil is just more of the same ever. You actually DONT KNOW Brazil.

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    • Paladino, thank you for your comment I appreciate your perspective,
      Wow, Paladino… I guess we see why “sense of humour” never made the list.
      1) Nobody said “it is a drunk version of french” I said, “to me it sounds like…”. And yes, to Germans, English may sound like drunk German.
      2) You should be proud of the women, they are beautiful and a lot of fun. And they have great senses of humour too…
      3) Congrats on being a great economy. I think the economic potential for Brazil is outstanding and probably as great as any country in the world. But the article is “10 things I love about being in Brazil” and the fact that your economy is strong doesn’t have any bearing on how much I enjoy my time there. Things like diversity, sport, food, entertainment, and yes the women… that’s what makes it enjoyable to a tourist.
      So in short, stop with this complex and learn to enjoy things a little bit mate. The world is fun, so have some.
      P.S. Have a read at the other Brazil articles I wrote as maybe the non-humours articles I wrote such as “When the World sees Rio” will suit you a little bit better.

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  11. Brandon, as you like Brazilian music, I thought you might like these songs; give them a try (if you have the time and feel like it).
    1. Djavan – Sina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RAbrXJQTtU
    2. Elis Regina – Ladeira da preguiça http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNXz5flgWhQ
    3. Caetano Veloso – Queixa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmMl5Sa2bBo
    4. Os Mutantes – Tecnicolor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyLocMuwCYw
    5. Maria Bethania – Explode coração http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVIpfvmPa34
    6. Tim Maia – Nobody can live forever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHorNwsuxm8
    7. Jorge Ben – Take it easy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKRB3_fVYzU
    8. Chico Buarque – Roda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKRB3_fVYzU
    9. Milton Nascimento – Ponta de Areia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpAR9DlQV6o
    10. Ivan Lins – Vitoriosa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpAR9DlQV6o
    11. Céu – Lenda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA6ome0TWd4
    12. Raul Seixas – Metamorfose Ambulante http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VE6PNwmr9g
    13. Marisa Monte – Rosa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ7CjvayFss
    14. Rita Lee – Ovelha negra http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVIpfvmPa34
    15. Cartola – Preciso me encontrar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN0_mN7fWa8

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