Like with Paris and France, all I can really comment on is São Paulo, barely a glimpse into Brazilian culture, so unfair as it is, I’m going to judge, anyways, Brazil coming in at @ 78.
The culture and ethnic diversity is massive, and here, it really does feel like a melting pot if people and cultures, mostly convivial, celebratory in their multiple origins and perspectives.
Personal Safety: 3
Not that I ever felt threatened here, but it’s nice to be in the company of a man, especially in the less-than-secure zones like the metro and streets at nightfall.
Pretty cool, the SP metro, although this metropolis is so massive, it’s tough to cover all the various arteries. Navigating the city buses, though, was a bit complicated, especially since for my sensibilities, things seem not very well indicated.
Cost of Traveling: 4
The R$ is double the US$, and prices in Brazil are pretty close to US prices. All in all, I found it to be pretty expensive country to travel–not Japan crazy, but definitely not bargain.
Rain, rain, go away.
Portuguese, fail. English, check.
Living Conditions: 4
Based on what I saw in my cousin’s place, it seems like it could be pretty sweet for those lucky enough to afford the pool-gym-wifi-garage towers.
Career Potential: 3
As beautiful as this city of lovers is and for as many gardens and parks as it has, it falls short of anything unplanned and truly wild.
Vegetables, I like them, and in this meat- and bread-haven, it’s kinda tough getting the balanced meal I seek traveling.
Lots of active people, it seems, but not sure where they play, other than the gym and the park.
Animals/Dog Friendly: 5
The presence of Golden Retrieves rivals that of what I’ve seen in the US.
Family Focus: 4
People and their crews were most definitely out and about for coffees, food, strolls …
Here, women are celebrated for their booties, their curves, their sensuality, a total affront to womanhood in the US and Europe, rather refreshing, actually.
Communication Technology: 5
People we met were outgoing, friendly, helpful, and overall, pleasant to be around.
Even though SP surprised me with its life and vivacity, I couldn’t see myself living here. It’s too big and too industrial, me thinks, but what I am curious to do is come back and explore this massive country–the Amazon, Rio for Carnaval with friends, the playas, and drink the pineapple shakes my aunt swears by.
I would have loved to have better explored Brazil this go around, and were it not for the call of Patagonia, I think we would have. But, alas, one can’t do it all.