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There’s a saying in Rio that some people use when they’ve eaten far too much. “Cheio como um bonde.” It means, “Full as a streetcar.” This particular saying has some merit. The Bondes are almost always packed. They are streetcars … Continue reading
My first experience on the ônibus was a petrifying one. I entered the bus, which immediately lunged forward and hit full-speed ahead while I was still standing on the stairs with an open door directly behind me. I gathered myself and climbed … Continue reading
When planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, we must consider expenditures, right? We budget. We save. We check prices of the must-see tourist attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. In fact, we think primarily monetarily while trip-planning, because dollars make sense…and cents, or in this … Continue reading
Body Language and Gestures: What did I say? What are ‘they’ saying? Growing up, I can remember my mother telling me not to slouch, not to walk with my head down, and not to stretch my arms above my head … Continue reading
When I first arrived in Rio, I experienced the most acute case of culture shock, I thought, in the history of mankind. I didn’t speak any Portuguese or know anything about the geographical layout of the city, about the transit, … Continue reading