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  1. Currently trying to survive without meat or potatoes (thank you, trucker's strike)

  2. Probably they are. But no one actually know who they are, I mean, people don't even know if they are left-wing, right-wing, centrists, whatever. Some of them claim for military intervention (that'd be right-wing, and the bad kind -- Brazil had a military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985, and, yeah, people disappeared), but they probably don't represent everyone involved, and both left-wing and right-wing are supporting the strike. As I said, it's confusing. Currency from R$ to US$ is kinda unstable. A few years ago, it was R$2 to US$1, and several years ago it was 1:1. Today 1 USD is worth 3,70 BRL, but, sometimes, it's like R$4,50. I guess since Brazil is so politically unstable right now, investors don't see the country as a good place to put their money on. This post has been edited by a member of staff (Duma) because of a violation of the forum rules. Please don't double post. Use the 'Edit' button or Multi Quote to reply to more than one post at once. Per the reason above, please review our SPAM rules.
  3. Strikes are not uncommon in Brazil, but I've never seen one this large. I don't know if we have this stereotype in other countries. Also, I think it might get worse. The government already promised them everything they asked, but now people are saying there are people that aren't truckers in the middle of the strike (?). I don't know, things are weird. I don't even know which news are fake and which are real anymore.
  4. You guys remember when I said I liked living in São Paulo? Well, right now I don't lol I don't know if anyone saw the news, but Brazil is a little bit chaotic right now. The truckers are on a strike right now, so we are not receiving gasoline. Or food. Or... well, pretty much, anything. (Relax, we do have food. It's just mor expensive and not so abundant). My university cancelled this week's classes because of the gasoline situation (the good part is that my immunology test was postponed). Also, I just found out that there is a wikipedia article for this chaos lol (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Brazil_truck_drivers'_strike).
  5. @jellysundae at least in Brazil , we usually don't call ourselves "latinos", but I don't think of this word as an insult. But well, when some people (specially the racist ones, obviously) are told that they would be perceived as "latinos" in other countries, they get mad. In parts, I understand them — in a lot of places, "latinos" are stigmatized. Oh, according to Wikipedia, the world "latino" is mainly used in the US, by the way. I don't like how people are defined by their perceived color, but, unfortunately, we are centuries away from getting over the concept of "race"
  6. @Kute I've never been to the Amazon rainforest, but my aunt did and she said it's awesome. São Paulo it's called "terra da garoa" (something like "the land of drizzle"), because they say it rains a lot here. In reality, the amount of rain depends on the season (for example, it's fall here now, and it's been a while since it rained; in the winter, we usually spend several weeks without a single drop of rain; summer and spring, on the other side, are usually very humid, but not as much as the Amazon). I went to a Brazilian restaurant in San Diego a few years ago, by the way.
  7. As you pointed out, Brazil is HUGE, so each region has its own 'must sees'. The Southeast (where I live) is the economic center, so I believe it's the best place in Brazil for those who love the chaos of the big cities. There are nice museums like the MASP in São Paulo and the Museu do Amanhã in Rio. Also historical cities like Ouro Preto, in Minas Gerais. Rio is famous because of it's beaches. They're great, of course, but I prefer the ones at the Northeast (Salvador, Natal, etc.), 'cause they're really beautiful and the food is cheaper than Rio's (lol). There's also, of course, the Amazon rainforest, at the North, and the Pantanal, at the Central-West. The South is very famous because of it's barbecue, and I've been told it's culture is similar to Argentina's and Uruguay's. As for food, I recommend feijoada (beans with beef and pork, usually served with rice and loooots of other things, like oranges and vegetables; there's also a vegetarian version, where meat is replaced by brazilian nuts), acarajé (if you're in Bahia), coconut water, our barbecue (it's always delicious, but each region has it's own way to prepare it) and caipirinha (a cocktail).
  8. @Kute almost half of Brazilians declare themselves white, but most of them wouldn't be considered white in other countries (most are black or what you folks call "latinos"). Most Brazilians are a mix of native-americans, africans and europeans, but we usually say anyone with light skin is white (I'm sure there is a historical explanation for this, but I don't know it.) I agree with you, Rodolfo Valente is really handsome. In some parts of Brazil (specially the south), there are many people with light colored eyes, but most Brazilians have dark eyes (and hair). Please, come to Brazil! (Since English is not my 1st language, please let me know if I've misspelled something or if you can't understand what I say)
  9. @rntracy1 @phill thank you guys for the tips! I'll start doing this today!
  10. Well, I'm already in college so, honestly, I can't bring myself to care about that test right now lol
  11. I just tried to customize my Peophin and the same thing happened 😞
  12. I should be studying Immunology, but here I am, trying to interact in the forums I probably deserve to fail lol
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  14. Phill, I do live in the city of São Paulo. I like to live here, because there's always something happening (I am one of those people who love the big city craziness lol). I usually hang out around one of the main avenues, where there are parks, shopping malls, museums, etc. The traffic is kinda terrible, but I find it relatively easy to reach anywhere by public transportation. I guess the worst thing is the poverty, homeless people (although it happens in every big city I've visited) and drug addicts. I live in the "nice" part of the city, but I know some places are not that nice. São Paulo received (and still receives) a lot of immigrants, so we have a rich culture that mixes people from all over the world. We're considered the most multicultural city in Brazil. We have lots of immigrants (and their descendants, including myself) from Japan (we're home to the largest Japanese diaspora in the world), and also Italy, Portugal, Lebanon, etc. Anyway, it is my hometown, and one of my favorite places in the world.
  15. São Paulo is chaotic, but I still love it.
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