A while ago a foreigner living in Brazil posted 66 reasons as to why he hates Brazil. I have copied that post and left my comments in italics underneath. This post led to a huge argument on the Gringoes Facebook page, and after said argument the manager of the page kicked out those who defended Brazil. I have to thank Spunky Monkey for sending me the link to the original post.Thank you Spunk!
Be warned, it is a long one though I hope it is entertaining!
Now be prepared for some serious ranting:
Of course I’m generalizing and exceptions abound, but after living in Brazil for 3 years with my Brazilian spouse, my observations are as follows. In general:
I will be following these “observations” with my own “observations” of his “observations.” I understand that we are all entitled to our own opinions, or observations as the author calls them, but there is a difference between sharing your experiences and all out shitting on a country. Each country is different and all of them have ways in which they could improve. Though it should be noted that when you go to another country it is your job to adapt to it, not the other way around.
1. Brazilians have no consideration for people outside their immediate circle, and are often just plain rude. For example, a neighbor who plays loud music all night; and even if you ask him politely to turn the volume down, he tells you to f**k off. And basic politeness? A simple “excuse me” when someone almost knocks you over on the street? Forget it.
I have experienced this loud music situation, though no one has ever told me to fuck off. I have, however, been invited to join parties after I having gone over to ask if they could turn down the music a bit. As for basic politeness, Brazilians still beat out people in the state of New Jersey and the city of New York. On a side note, there are usually two people involved in accidental street bumpings. Have you ever thought of saying excuse me?
2. Brazilians are aggressive and opportunistic, and usually at someone else’s expense. It’s like a “survival instinct” in high gear, all the time. The best example is driving. If they see a way to pass you, they will, even if it means almost killing you, and even if they’re not in a hurry. So why do they do it? It’s just because they can, because they see the opportunity. They feel like they always need to take whatever they can, whenever they can, regardless of who is harmed as a result.
Brazil is full of bad drivers, as street laws are practically inexistent. Reminds me of Italy, Mexico, and the state of New Jersey… I really don’t think this proves that Brazilians are evil opportunists, merely bad drivers.
3. Brazilians have no respect for their environment. They dump big loads of trash anywhere and everywhere, and the littering is unbelievable. The streets are really dirty. The natural resources, abundant as they are, are being squandered at an amazing rate with little or no recourse.
You have a point here. The littering thing really does get to me. That said, there is also a decent sized population attempting to do all these things right. All my Brazilian friends bring a plastic bag to the beach to collect their trash before they leave. Everyone I know also recycles, observes that batteries need special disposal, and reuse whenever possible. You could also make the above complaint about Americans.
4. Brazilians tolerate an amazing amount of corruption in both business and government. While all governments have corrupt officials, it’s more obvious and rampant in Brazil than most countries, and yet the population keeps re-electing the same people.
This is true. It also reminds me of how I feel about people belonging to the US republican party, and how my republican friends feel about those who support the democratic party. Don’t even ask Spaniards what they think about their government. And there are actually quite a few countries, aside from Brazil, who suffer from the same thing. Take Turkey, Egypt, oh wait and Brazil… countries who have recently been protesting corruption. Such a shame that people do nothing about it…
5. Brazilian women are overly obsessed with their bodies and very critical of (and competitive with) each other.
I find that there are the Brazilians women who are competitive and then the vast majority who are just proud of what they have, whether it be a hard body or a normal one. If you really look at the Brazilian female population as a whole, very few are obsessed with their body. Most of them love what they were given, like the rest of us women should. I’m thinking you are obsessed with the portion that are obsessed with themselves and are ignoring the rest.
6. Brazilians, especially men, are highly prone to extramarital affairs. Unless the man never leaves the house, odds are he has a mistress.
Well shit. I need to have a chat with Mr Rant. I didn’t realize people were going to orgies instead of work. Where do I sign up?
7. Brazilians are very expressive of their negative opinions of others, with complete disregard about possibly hurting someone’s feelings.
I have heard many Brazilians complain but few talk open shit to one another. I actually find that they are more passive aggressive when it comes to this shit. I will say that gossip or fofoca is a popular pastime but where isn’t it?
And Brazilian also openly love with no reason. My children feel like kings of the world because of the random positive opinions shared with them from strangers on the street. I receive the same kind of thing. Maybe you should take a look at your company and/or your attitude towards people. Self fulfilling prophecy could be an issue here.
8. Brazilians, especially people who perform services, are usually unreliable, lazy and almost always late.
There are lazy people here, as there is everywhere. You can not label a cultural habit, such as being 10 minutes late, as being lazy. Also, most people get paid shit and there are little incentives. How hard would you work if you were paid $500 a month? And if you couldn’t get fired? The system has its part in this issue.
9. Brazilians have a very prominent class system. The rich have a sense of entitlement that is beyond a caricature. They think the rules do not apply to them, that they are above the system, and are very arrogant and inconsiderate, especially with each other. The poor, meanwhile, are paid so little that they never have an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and therefore often turn to crime or simply become lazy and indignant regarding their jobs because they see no hope for the future and no point in trying to do a good job.
This is such an outstanding generalization I just don’t even know where to begin. There are many levels between the two levels you mentioned, for starters. Secondly, there are many go-getters out there, opportunists in a positive way. Take a look at the people who sell beverages and snacks during traffic jams. They make a little cash and people get some water while trapped in their car on a hot day. Look at the beach venders, walking up and down the beach in the hot sun. You should also meet my ex-maid who is a single Mom and saved up her money as a maid to open a snack stand in her neighborhood. There are always stories for both sides. Maybe you should stop focusing just on the negative.
10. Brazilians constantly interrupt and… omg, it is so hot… talk over each other. Trying to have a conversation… I love your shirt… is like a competition to be heard, a shouting match.
Sounds to me like a certain someone likes to have all ears on him or her… I’m sorry, shall we schedule a coffee and you can have all my attention, 100%. I promise I’ll even give you my cell phone. I wouldn’t want to hurt your delicate ego.
Brazilians are excited and animated talkers. They love chatting and telling stories. It is a part of their culture. Just because you find it rude, does not mean it is here. You may not like it but you are living somewhere else. When in Rome…
11. Brazilian police are essentially non-existent when it comes to enforcing laws to protect the population, such as enforcing traffic laws, finding and arresting thieves, etc. Laws exist, but no one enforces them, the judicial system is a joke and there is usually no recourse for the citizen who is robbed, cheated or otherwise harmed. People live in fear and build walls around their houses or pay high fees to live in gated communities.
I know! It is horrible to get your purse stolen because the police are busy dealing with drug lords and neighborhoods that live in complete unrest. This is ridiculous! I demand to be able to walk around with an ipad in my hand, an Ipone in the other, and balancing a laptop on my head without any problems! Damn you police, why are you trying to take care of serious shit when you could be guarding my house so I don’t have to have a wall. This is just absurd!
12. Brazilians make everything inconvenient and difficult. Nothing is streamlined or designed with the customer’s convenience in mind, and Brazilians have a high tolerance for astounding levels of unnecessary and redundant bureaucracy.
I don’t like the system. Please undo it and redo it for me. US bureaucracy is super easy. Just ask all the immigrants there. And US customs is all about customer service, so are all the other government agencies. Personally, when I am having a particularly hard day in the US, I go and hang out with the lovely people at the DMV (department of Motor vehicles). Their efficiency and positive attitude always cheers me up.
13. Brazilians tolerate such high taxes and import duties that make everything, especially home products, electronics and cars, unbelievably expensive. And for business owners, following the rules and paying all your taxes makes it almost impossible to be profitable. As a result, corruption and bribes in business and government are commonplace. The bureaucracy, laws and high taxes exist to provide the opportunity for the corrupt to facilitate “working around” the system. Meanwhile the consumer is forced to bear an extraordinarily high cost of living, thereby exacerbating poverty.
This is true and it is frustrating but I resent how he implies that it would be something easy to change. It is difficult to open and run a company here; I can tell you first hand as Mr Rant did and does just that. It does not require corruption or bribes. Sure that is the easy route but not every Brazilian follows it.
I find myself extremely frustrated with the implied ease in which he feels Brazilians could change all this. Obviously they just need to invite Dilma over for a cafezinho and have a heart to heart chat while being overly aggressive and interrupting each other.
14. It’s hot as hell 9 months out of the year, and central heating/cooling doesn’t exist here because the houses are not constructed to be airtight or insulated or include air ducts. So you either suffer for 9 months or confine yourself to a small room with a wall a/c unit. And in the 3 months where it actually gets “cold,” you freeze at night.
Have you heard of ceiling fans and blankets? They are amazing inventions.
15. The food may be fresher, less processed and generally healthier than American or European food, but it is bland, repetitive and very inconvenient. Processed, frozen or ready-made foods in the supermarket are few, expensive and generally terrible. Most foods are made from scratch and if you can’t afford a maid to do it for you, you’ll spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Restaurants abound but there are few convenient options, as Brazilians favor sit-down meals and there are almost no drive-thrus except crappy fast food.
Heaven forbid you have to sit down and enjoy a homemade meal. The audacity of it all! Where the fuck are $2 hotpockets full of non-food substances to make my life easier?! I can’t believe Brazilians have the audacity to make fresh meals. Don’t even get me started on enjoying a long lunch with good company. Do they not realize that time is money?! Obviously they don’t have their priorities in order!
16. Brazilians are super social and rarely spend any time alone, especially meals and weekends. This is not necessarily a bad quality but personally I hate it because I enjoy my space and privacy, but the cultural expectation is that you will attend (or worse, invite) friends and family to every single meal and you are criticized for not behaving “normally” if you choose to be alone.
First of, not to sound like a bitch, but by #15 I started thinking that Brazilians may prefer if you stayed home. Secondly, this is just ridiculous. No Brazilian I have known has ever taken offense to the fact that I am doing my own thing. There is a decent possibility that you are not secure enough with yourself and your personal relationships to turn down an offer. If that is the case, go the Brazilian route and make up an excuse. It won’t really work for family lunches unless you are sick.
17. Brazilians stay very close, emotionally and geographically, to their families of origin their whole lives. Like #16, this is not necessarily a bad quality but personally I hate it because it makes me uncomfortable and affects my marriage. Brazilian adults never “cut the cord” emotionally and their family of origin (especially their mothers) continue to be involved in their daily lives, problems, decisions, activities, etc. As you can imagine, this is extra difficult for a spouse from another culture where we generally live in nuclear families and have a different dynamic with our families of origin.
Maybe you should just start a blog. This kind of thing gives you plenty to write about! Trust me.
What you are saying is true and I do feel your pain. I will never forget my bladder infection becoming the topic of a family lunch, with extended family. It was awkward.
That said, when you marry into a culture you should respect it and all that comes with it, as your wife should respect the fact that you sometimes want to sit alone in a corner and hate her country…
18. Electricity and internet service are completely unreliable.
You got me here…
19. Water safety is questionable. Brazilians drink it without dying, sure, but based on the total lack of enforcement of other laws and abundance of corruption, I don’t trust the government that says it’s totally safe and won’t hurt you in the long term.
I purchased a good water filter. Problem solved!
20. And finally, Brazilians only have 1 kind of beer (a watery pilsner) and it really sucks, and of course, imported beers are expensive.
I have to give you this, though their one kind of beer is awesome as hell when it is stupidly cold and served on the beach.
21. The mosquitoes from HELL
This is also true. Damn you Brazil! Can’t you just kill off an entire species because it is putting us out?
Can only speak to Sao Paulo, but…
I don’t know Sao Paulo that well but I will try my best
21. Most bus operators drive as though they’re trying to break the bus, and everyone inside it.
Same goes for Rio.
22. Sidewalks in my neighborhood are covered with piss and sh*t from ugly little dogs that bark day and night.
Dog poop is not fun. I will say that it is also an issue in Rio, though I can’t say that each pile of dog poop is from a dog that barks day and night. That may be a slight exaggeration. Just maybe…
23. Three and a half hour traffic jams every time it rains.
True. Brazilians can’t drive in the rain and everything floods. This is a serious problem.
24. The weather is complete sh*t most of the time.
Kind of like many other cities in the world. For example: London, Seattle, Moscow, etc etc
25. Rarely do things get done properly the first time. You have to go back to the bank, the consulate, the office, email or telephone 2-10 times to get people to do their job.
I would say that it is less of things getting done properly the first time and more them not getting done the first time at all. You do have to go back numerous times for most things, especially anything involving a government office. It is the same in Rio de Janeiro.
26. Very bad air quality and a putrid river. The air often smells like burning plastic.
Again, many big cities have this issue, not just Sao Paulo.
27. Shopping malls and going to restaurants are the main activities. There is little to do that doesn’t revolve around spending your paycheck. There is one main park and it’s horribly crowded.
I wouldn’t know…
28. Grocery stores are inconsistent. Products will disappear for weeks or months on end before resurfacing.
This happens in Rio as well, but not with the majority of items. If you are purchasing imported goods, you should expect this at least occasionally.
29. Workmanship standards are very low. Windows, doors, hinges, pipes, electricity, sidewalks, are all built with the least effort possible. If the window closes most of the way, what’s the problem?
I will give you this. There is a different level of perfectionism. I have had many issues with workers while redoing things in my home.
Though while I also strive for things to be done the “correct” way, I also have respect for those who are happy with functional. I imagine it is much less stressful.
30. Trees, poles, telephones, planters, and utility boxes are placed in the center of sidewalks, rendering them impassable.
At this point, I really want to visit your neighborhood. Sounds quite interesting.
31. You pay triple for products that will break within 1-2 years, maybe less.
Hey now, if you buy the correct brands they will last for ages. Brazilians do not throw shit out or accept things breaking quickly. They fix stuff. Hell, my Mother-in-law passed down her pressure cooker, that she used for 20 years, to me and I got to use it for another 5!
Brazilian clothing, well that is one thing that I will say is overpriced and does not last.
32. Cars cruising at night rocking music so loud it makes my house tremble or however it’s spelt.
Wow, your neighborhood has raging parties, sidewalks full of dog shit, 24 hr barking dogs, cruising cars, and impassable sidewalks. I hope to God you are renting.
32. Brazilians LOVE to stand right in your way. Favorite hangouts include: the top of the escalator/stairs, doorways or simply coming to an abrupt, dead stop in the middle of a busy sidewalk.
As mentioned in “observation” #1, excuse me can go a long way. I bet if you used it people would let you pass. No harm, no foul.
33. Best way to inspire blind hatred in Brazil? Politely refuse to eat food offered to you. No matter how valid your reason this is considered an unpardonable sin in the eyes of Brazilians & they will continue aggressively pestering you to eat it in spite of your politely declining, until you give in or accept that they will now hold you in permanent contempt.
I will never forget turning down Mr Rant’s Grandmother’s offer for food when I was at the end of my pregnancy with The Chatterbox. I was in a stage where I didn’t want to eat anything Brazilian, thus eating at the Grandma’s place was not high on my agenda. She accused me of having “ceramonia” or basically being overly polite in her house. That is not a compliment. I ended up telling her the truth and she told me that I should eat what the baby wants or he could end up with a birthmark of that food on his body. Problem solved.
On a side note, my Grandma pulls the same shit. I had no idea she was Brazilian.
34. People will push and shove you HARD with no regard or apology on public transportation & you’re packed in so tight you are unable to move anything but your head.
It may be less of an intentional push and more because they are stuffed in “so tight you are unable to move anything but your head” and they are trying to get in so they can go home. This isn’t a problem with the people but instead an issue with mass transit.
35. Brazilians are raised to NEVER admit that Brazil is a crumby place to live. Better is not always subjective. I think we can agree that all things being equal, it’s better to be rich than poor, beautiful than ugly, healthy instead of disabled. In Brazil you pay much more and work much harder to try to equal the higher standard of living achievable in the countries it lists itself in the same category as.
This is true. You do have to work much harder to reach what Americans consider middle class for example. But I have never had Brazilians deny this. Actually, the Brazilians I know complain about this constantly and ask us why on Earth we aren’t living in the US.
36. Brazil is a 3rd world country at ridiculously inflated prices for sub-par quality items. To give you an idea, Sao Paulo is ranked the 10th MOST EXPENSIVE city in the world. (New York is #32.) People go on 12-24 month payment plans to purchase a no-name hairdryer that will break before it’s paid off.
12-24 months? Normally you only get to divide things 10 times without interest. This also sounds like a continuation of #35, only you are being more specific.
37. Please stop saying the food is “the best in the world”. We have beans & rice in my country too.
Have you eaten beans and rice in our country?!
38. Snot Rockets & Spitting with reckless abandon on public streets.
Where the hell are you hanging out? Sure this happens but with reckless abandon? I am very curious about your neighborhood now. Maybe someone should do a documentary on it.
39. The rampant infidelity. This is not just a stereotype, as much as I wish it were. Men in Brazilian society are conditioned to believe they are more “virile” and “manly” if they cheat. It is encouraged in their groups of friends. Many, many Brazilian men have told me this in a point blank, very matter-of-fact way & can’t understand my reaction that it is a very serious issue. The women are encouraged to not like it, but not see it as a deal-breaker.
Isn’t this #6 all over again? You promised me 66 complaints and you have already repeated two things by 39?!
40. Zero respect for pedestrians. Yeah, they see you and accelerate. At best, they will honk but will never, under any circumstances press the brake.
This should be an extension on #2. You should really have proofed this before posting.
That said, I did almost get hit by a car while walking on a sidewalk… more than once. I can’t argue with you here.
41. Loud Fireworks at all hours. They can’t get enough of them.
Wow, so where you live there are big ass parties with loud music, fireworks at all hours, cars playing music and speeding, dog poop, blocked sidewalks and God knows what else. Did you accidentally move into the xbox game Grand Theft Auto?
I do hear fireworks here and there but not enough to piss me off or put me out. They last for like 5 seconds for goodness sake.
42. Saying Sao Paulo is “the New York of South America”. Right. If NY closed at 10pm.
Exactly! And if New York had rude people who do not say excuse me when they run into you or push you while getting on any sort of mass transit. Yeah Sao Paulo is the New York of South America if New York had traffic issues and people honked their horns.
Plus everything closes early in Sao Paulo. Of course, there are no raves, great clubs, or bars that go all night. NOT AT ALL. The fireworks and all night house parties lull everyone to sleep by 9pm.
43. The fashion trend of “crop tops” with tight pants, stomach fitness need not be considered.
So in #5 Brazilian women are chastised for being concerned with their bodies and now you are ripping on those who love and show of their bodies as they are. Pick a position and stick to it.
44. The plethora of orange highlights. You’re not fooling anyone.
Ever come to think that they like it and don’t care what you think? Maybe orange is the new blonde.
45. The pollution is on a par with the post-apocalyptic wastelands depicted in 70′s sci-fi movies. I grow more and more tempted to rock one of those disposable surgical masks, a’la Michael Jackson, circa 1990
I bet if you did rock a mask, even more people would like you. Then again, why wouldn’t Brazilians like you? It’s not like I have 45 reasons behind me that would convince me otherwise.
46. People don’t understand how “lining up” is supposed to work. It is perfectly acceptable to push right in front of you in any line.
I know. Americans are great about waiting for their turn and not trying to get in front of the line faster.
On a totally serious note, I find the opposite to be true. It is almost as if Brazilians LOVE waiting in line, that is unless you are an old lady. Those gals are sneaky and need to be watched.
47. Brazilians walk around like zombies & will slam right into you and bounce off like extras from Night of the Living dead. WATCH WHERE YOU’RE GOING!
Sorry, did they enter into your personal space bubble while on a busy street? I’ll give you a tip. When you are walking in a place where other people are walking, you can’t just walk in a straight line. You actually have to pay attention to the people around you and make your choices accordingly. I’m trying to teach this to my 4 year old. I tell him that he has to have consideration for everyone else on the street and pay attention to where they are going as much as he pays attention to where he is going. It is a two-way street so to speak and maybe you could avoid these slams if you took their route into as much consideration as you obviously take your own.
48. Every time I purchase anything sold in a bunch (e.g. spinach) at the Farmers Market, it invariably has a family of live beetles waiting to jump out and surprise me when I’m preparing dinner.
Every time? Seriously? I wish I could use terms like always and every time with the certainty you do. Yes there are sometimes things to wash off your fresh vegetables. It may be because the farmers here don’t hose the crops down with poison every chance they get. Damn them!
49. No window screening. Apparently this technology is incompatible with the present infrastructure. A fancy suspension bridge is no problem, but screens are asking too much, even in the new suburban apartments, where mosquitoes are rampant.
You can buy them and have them put in. It isn’t a norm here so people don’t ask, but if you spent less time bitching and more time researching you would know that there are companies to do this.
50. No heating or insulation. It’s only cold 3 months a year, so why bother? Americans typically scoff when I tell them, “Yes. It does get cold there, in the low 50s (F) during winter.” One simply has to experience a Sao Paulo winter, where you will be colder inside your home or office than you are outside. Where you will need 3-4 layers to be sitting still indoors, but can still break a sweat the moment you walk somewhere. Cinder blocks are magical like that.
And #14 has been repeated…
51. I’ve heard of quite a few people being hospitalized after spending the weekend at nearby beaches. Spending 3 hours in traffic to get to a beach 1 hour away. Maybe the sewers work on weekdays. Once the place fills up with tourists, you’re swimming in pool.
Again, who do you know and where are they going? Of course there is traffic when going to a popular beach holiday spot. Ever heard of the Hamptons? There is traffic to get there as well.
And I am assuming that you mean poop instead of pool. In Buzios many places use septic tanks, not main sewage lines. The beaches and water are actually cleaner there, even with tourists.
52. When sidewalks are under construction it’s expected that you walk in the street. Some motorists refuse to make the slightest adjustment to your presence, speeding to within inches of you even when the adjacent lane is free.
Normally they make a detour route that goes onto the street but is blocked off by cones or plywood. It isn’t the best situation but how else are they going to fix the sidewalks?
53. Don’t even think about telling anyone, expat or local, when you are traveling to the U.S. Everyone hits you up to bring Ipods, X-Boxes, laptops, apparel, grocery store items, etc. in your suitcase because they are overpriced or unavailable in Brazil.
This is true but also goes back to your inability to efficiently communicate with just about anyone in this country. I have no problem saying yes or no based on size, difficulty, and potential surprise taxes at the federal police upon arrival.
54. Inflation. OMFG.
It is a bitch but it has improved.
55. Motorists driving with their small children standing on the center armrests, heads looking out over the sun roof. Look for it around lunch time when the school day is over, sometimes 2-3 abreast in the bigger SUVs. I’ve witnessed it about 4x. It’s a jaw-dropper.
I have seen this and it scares the crap out of me. Of course people use whatever means they have. It also shows a lack of education. I’m surprised that education hasn’t been mentioned. Then again you are only complaining about things that put you out. You don’t seem invested enough in the country to actually be concerned with how it can be improved.
56. Giant Red Cockroaches. Tip out your shoe, open a cabinet, why- it’s Cockroach Surprise!
Just like the mosquitoes. Brazil, just kill your nasty insect population!
57. Rampant, obnoxious patriotism. Wherever you are from, Brazilians will always be immediately upfront in telling you that it’s better here. They will be quick to tell you to your face all about how gringos don’t bathe and are cold.
Seriously, can you invite me over for a beer? I’d like to get to know the people you know. They seem like they are an interesting group indeed…
58. The average Brazilian Cannot, Will Not understand a foreigner speaking their language, no matter how fluent you get in Portuguese. I’ve lived in Central America and Japan, people there always understood my broken, gringo Spanish and gaijin Japanese. But still after 3 years in Brazil, peoples eyes still just bug out of their head and they loudly say, UHH?!?OI?!? in response to even the simplest of phrases (i.e.: Bathroom? How Much? Good Morning).
Have you ever stopped to think that it isn’t their responsibility to understand your poor language skills but instead that you should improve them? Just a thought.
59. Physical safety of themselves and for others simply is not even an afterthought. The 30-second later consequences of your actions having an effect on other people out there somewhere in the world? Nonexistent. Riding your motorbike in heavy traffic with your newborn baby seated on your lap in nothing but his diapers (yes, I’ve seen this), what’s the problem? Riding your bicycle at night along the freeway shoulder going against traffic, why worry?
Have you ever stopped to consider the poverty you mentioned previously and that maybe they don’t have another option. A motorbike is a cheap transportation solution, as is a bike. Nonetheless, shame on Brazil for having poverty, shame on the poor for being poor. Damn it, pay the inflated prices you also bitched about for a car you can not afford in the name of safety measures you haven’t been taught.
Have you ever stopped to think that those doing these things were raised by parents who did the same thing? It may not be right but it isn’t a means for ragging about a country as a whole. Education about personal safety is something that should and needs to be taught here. The Brazilians doing this aren’t doing this because they want to look death in the eye, they are doing it because this is what they know.
60. Unless you are really into football or reality TV shows (i.e. Big Brother), there is nothing much to talk about with average Brazilians. You can learn fluent Portuguese, but in the end, conversation gets very limited, very quickly.
This could be because of your personality. I have amazing conversations with Brazilians, on a daily basis, which have nothing to do with Brazilian tv or soccer. Have you stopped and considered that you may not have anything to offer them when it comes to conversation, that is unless they want to hear about how fucked up they are. In that case you have a lot to talk about.
61. Everything is built for cars and driving, even though cars are 3x the price of any other country. The intercity luxury buses are efficient, but public transportation is inconvenient, expensive and uncomfortable to ride. Consequently, traffic in Sao Paulo and Rio is now considered some of the worst on Earth (for SP possibly the worst). Even mid-day can have massive traffic jams that make moving outside a small limited area all but impossible unless you have a small motorcycle.
Yeah man. I have been to LA and there is no traffic. No traffic in NY either, or London, or any other big city. Traffic is perfect everywhere but Brazil, even in China where they had a 7 or 8 day long traffic jam. Yeah, traffic is unique to Brazil.
62. Brazilians tend to publically snort their snot backwards into their sinus cavities, often and loudly. I guess they like the taste? Even attractive women do this.
Hello #38. Happy to see you again.
63. Brazilians also do not cover their mouths when they cough, even upper-class folk who should know better. Sealed in a crowded elevator? The waiter serving your food? The guy sitting behind you on the bus? Enjoy the TB my friends.
Oh yeah, I’ve had TB like 300 times. Now I just make out with my disgusting waiters when I walk in, so I can build antibodies of course. Where the fuck are you eating?!
I have experienced this with children, though that can be expected as they are still learning.
62. All Brazilian cities (with perhaps the exception of Rio and the old Pelourinho district in Salvador), are ugly, concrete, hyper-modern and devoid of character, architecture, trees or charm. Most are monotonous and completely identical in appearance. Any colonial history or beautiful old mansion is quickly slated for demolition to make way for a parking lot or shopping mall. Massive, identical gray blockhouse apartment buildings dominate the skyline of even the smaller towns. Zero neighborhoods are built to walk around in, enjoy a coffee at an outdoor table, meet your neighbors or window shop. Parks are few and far between and the lack of trees or natural shade concentrates the sun and heat into the concrete, making it often uncomfortable to even step out into the street.
There are many cities around the world like this. It is not a Brazil-specific issue.
63. For some reason (as we can see on this thread), Brazilians love to logon to English-speaking internet forums and write only in Portuguese! Would I enter a Portuguese forum and write my responses in English only?
Heaven forbid someone writes something other than English. I mean really, aren’t all civilized people only communicating in English at this point?
Have you ever stopped to think that people can read English but do not feel confident enough to respond in English? It doesn’t hurt anyone to have a little language mix. This is a very petty complaint.
64. Don’t forget that stinky garbage can of excrement-stained tissue right next to the toilet
I see you have never been to a home that used a septic tank in the US. They don’t have all the rules but there are some. Having respect for someone’s sewage system is not something to bitch about. As you have mentioned before, services are expensive and sometime inconsistent. Therefore you should have no issue going the extra mile to make sure you do not cause significant damage to someone else’s home.
And if it stinks, offer to take out the trash. Sometimes it is almost easier to find a solution than it is to write a post with 66 complaints, even if some of them are redundant.
65. Brazilians are the worlds Pickiest/Most Conservative Eaters. Trying to go out to eat with Brazilians is like trying to go bar hopping with Muslims. Anything different with flavor, spices or color is viewed with major suspicion. Chinese food- gross! Mexican- revolting! Thai, don’t even bother. Seriously, I have gone out in a group, where one guy could not eat anything with garlic, nor ketchup or mustard. The other guy did not eat, any, I mean, anything with vegetables. Another hated onions. The other girl would always invent something not on the menu for the waiter to tell the kitchen to make. Eventually, all we could ever go out to eat was McDonalds. If it’s not deep-fried, unseasoned, unfresh and composed of salty beef or pork, hamburgers, hot dogs or pizza, basically Brazilians are not going to eat it.
Again, who are you hanging out with? One example in Rio is Lebanese food. It is very popular in Rio! And if you are living in Sao Paulo, you have a ton of options when it comes to food. To name something obvious, there is the Japanese neighborhood that very popular with Paulistas.
My Brazilian friends are constantly asking me to bring back food items and spices that are hard to find here. Hell, we had a whole evening event at my in-laws where a friend who learned how to cook Indian food spent the day teaching all of us how to prepare an authentic Indian meal. All my Brazilian friends are obsessed with any and all foreign food.
I’m sorry but I have had exactly the opposite experience.
66. Everytime it rains, people have no compunction about poking your eye out with the metal part of their umbrella as you walk down the sidewalk. Raising or lowering your umbrella, moving it to the side so it doesn’t blind you will pretty much never happen. I seriously have to hold my hand and forearm up against my temples to avoid being struck in the face as I walk down the street during a thunderstorm (of which there are many).
You haven’t gotten to do the umbrella dance? I do it every time it rains. I lift my umbrella at the same time as the person coming. We both lower our umbrellas at the same time. We laugh at the fact that we are both trying but not succeeding at helping each other, and then we figure it out.
Which “observations” did you agree with and which ones didn’t you agree with? What comment would you have made?