Silver Lining for Brazil:  The World Saw You, and It Liked What it Saw

Silver Lining for Brazil: The World Saw You, and It Liked What it Saw

The United States sent more tourists to the World Cup this year than any other country.  Few of those tourists expected the United States to compete for title, many of them just wanted to see and experience Brazil.  And by all accounts tourists from around the world went, they saw, they enjoyed.  So much so,Continue Reading

Rio De Janeiro is the ‘Marvelous City’, Really

Rio De Janeiro is the ‘Marvelous City’, Really

Rio de Janeiro is truly unique in geography, and sambas to its own rhythm.  Although it is a big, hectic city with a population of 6.3 million, its laid-back charm, its predilection for good times, its tropical vibe and, of course, its beaches make the Rio brand unmistakable.  The sheer stone mountains that drop intoContinue Reading

Amazon May Be Sweltering, But Brazil Still Wants You to Visit

Amazon May Be Sweltering, But Brazil Still Wants You to Visit

If you’ve been watching the World Cup lately, you may have taken not of how teams have wilted in the heat and humidity of Manaus.  But never mind all that, the Amazon offers many treasures that Brazil would like you to examine up close and personally.  From pink dolphins to ecolodges, Brazil hopes the WorldContinue Reading

Brazil Might Still Reap Economic Benefits from the World Cup

Brazil Might Still Reap Economic Benefits from the World Cup

After averaging 4.5 percent per year GDP growth over the last decade, Brazil has begun a two-year (2014-15) slowdown, stunted by falling commodity prices, rising inflation and wilting consumer confidence. Chest beating Brazil, leader of the BRIC countries, resource rich and business savvy, seems to have lost its mojo. Like a salesmen whose hit aContinue Reading

Brazil Has Oil, Sort of

Brazil Has Oil, Sort of

Brazil’s efforts to become one of the world’s major oil producers have attracted businesses such as U.S. drilling giants Halliburton and Baker Hughes, gained it partnerships with oil companies from India and China, lured immigrants from idyllic Norway and drawn investment dollars from American pension funds in Florida, South Carolina and California.  However, so far,Continue Reading

Going to Brazil 2014?  Don’t Forget Your Wallet!

Going to Brazil 2014? Don’t Forget Your Wallet!

World Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of soccer, sun and sky-high prices!   Unlike nearby Latin American nations where a tourist’s U.S. dollar or European Union euro seemingly stretches forever, Brazil is astoundingly expensive.  Astoundingly!   And if you’re planning to follow your favorite soccer team around from city to city, you might beContinue Reading