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Castro
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Username: Castro

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Registered: 12-2003

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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 9:06 pm:   

Holidays
1 January New Year's Day
21 April Tiradentes Day (revolutionary hero)
1 May Labor Day
9 July Civil Holiday, São Paulo State only
7 September Independence Day
12 October Our Lady Aparecida
1 November All Saints Day*
2 November All Souls Day
15 November Proclamation of the Republic
8 December Immaculate Conception (some rural areas?)
24 December Christmas Eve (half day)
25 December Christmas Day
31 December New Year's Eve (half day)


Events

Here are the dates for Carnival through 2010:
2002 Feb 09-12
2003 Mar 01-04
2004 Feb 21-24
2005 Feb 05-08
2006 Feb 26-Mar01
2007 Feb 18-21
2008 Feb 02-05
2009 Feb 21-24
2010 Feb 13-16
http://www.ladatco.com/CAR-RA~1.HTM (all about carnival)
Customs
Already explained in arriving in rio.

Tipping

Restaurants
A 10% tip is usually included - unless it's a self-serve joint, obviously. Give a little more only if service was especially friendly.

Taxi drivers
Do not expect big tips, and may even round down the total to locals (?). Round up, or give an extra R$1 if you are feeling especially generous.

Bellboys and chamber maids
Expect to get at least R$1. Give less and you will be considered a mão-de-vaca (mown-djee-VA-ca) - Portuguese for cow's hand, you know, the kind that never opens.

Barbers, hair stylists, masseurs, manicurists, pedicurists and the like expect at least a 10% tip (again never less than R$1).

Bartenders
At discos are not mandatory (but appreciated).

Water
It is suggested to drink bottled water while traveling thoughout Brazil.

Maps-more
http://ipanema.com/citytour/map.htm
http://ipanema.com/citytour/mapcopa.htm
http://www.omnimap.com/catalog/int/brazil1.htm#p1 (to buy)
Medical
The major cause of death in Brazil today is cardiovascular disease, followed by cancer, respiratory disease, and trauma. In general, patients in developed urban areas of southern Brazil suffer from lifestyle diseases similar to those in developed countries. Trauma from motor vehicle collisions and interpersonal violence is a major problem and the leading cause of death in persons aged 15-60 years.
Paramedics do not exist in Brazil because Brazilian law precludes nonphysicians from performing intubation, defibrillation, and other advanced life support (ALS) procedures. Brazilian law recognizes the public SAMU service as having the authority to set EMS standards and to coordinate all public and private services. No standards govern qualifications of EMS physicians, except that they must hold a valid state license to practice medicine.
Internet
Cafe Cybercafe
Av. das Americas 4666 lj 125/126
Barrashopping R. J.,
Tel: 55-21-431-9727

Internet House
195, Nossa Senhora de Copacabana Avenue,
shop 106 - Copacabana
Tel: 55 21 542-3348

Cybercafe Internet Center Downtown
Rua da Alfandega, 80/401 - Historical Downtown
Tel: (+5521) 224 1743

Legal Age

Scams

Photography
The women in Rio are not shy. They love the camera. In fact, don't be surprised if one of them shows you naked pictures of herself that she carries around in her purse. Its sort of a selling feature they use to entice you to go with them. The pictures were taken by some guy she had sex with in the past and she was given a set of duplicates for a gift. Take lots of film for your still photo camera but don't forget to bring a video camera as well. They'll perform porn for you with you or their girlfriends. They are extremely wild and are not shocked at anything you ask them to do. If they don't want to do it is becasue they are either holding out for more money or they are afraid their husband or boyfriend may see the pictures.

Nude Beaches
Pinho, Camboriú (Santa Catarina) -- compulsory nudity, easy access
Pedras Altas, Florianópolis (Santa Catarina) -- optional nudity, difficult access
Olho de Boi, Búzios (Rio de Janeiro) -- optional nudity, difficult access
Barra Seca, Linhares (Espírito Santo) -- compulsory nudity, easy access
Tambaba, Conde (Paraíba) -- optional nudity, difficult access

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