Thoughts on Brazil

All in all, I was somewhat disappointed with my small glimpse of Brazil.

The food was excellent (and worth the trip by itself). The country was beautiful, but the man-made parts were very ugly.

The population is incredibly diverse. This diversity makes it impossible to tell who is local. Some locals look like their ancestors came from Northern Germany, while some look like their ancestors came from Nigeria. And everything in between.

The main parts of Rio probably looked very nice in the ’70s, but they looked decrepit now.

One person in my group was mugged by a guy with a knife. The people in Brazil seemed to take this as a matter of course. The Northern Europeans and Asians in my party were horrified and the rest took it in stride. This is, after all, not an unusual occurrence in most societies in the 21st Century.

The women of Brazil were less attractive than I was expecting, though I admit I had high expectations. I will be the first to admit that Brazilian women behave in a much more feminine way that American and European women. This behavior makes one quite attracted to them. However, in total, I did not think that the population was particularly beautiful. There were perhaps more 6s and 7s and fewer 2s and 3s in the general population – this could be due to the fact that the country is wealthy enough to ensure that everyone has enough to eat, but not so wealthy that everyone is fat. The female population of Brazilian also seems to have been blessed with some particular genes that produce great asses. Several times, I caught myself checking out a woman from behind and then discovering that, from the front, she was hideous. I was not prepared for the fact that Brazilian women do not appear to age well. They seem to have that thing that some Hispanic women in the US have – they are attractive through their mid-20s or mid-30s and they hit a wall. Hard. Very hard. All in all, Brazil is certainly above average compared to other countries I’ve visited. However, it was not the mecca that I was expecting.

All in all, if I had to flee the US, I’d go to several Asian countries before I went to Brazil.

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One Response to Thoughts on Brazil

  1. I was also surprised in Brazil how many European looking people there were. In school we get so much propaganda about the U.S. being the nation of immigrants we don’t realize that other American countries like Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil also had huge influxes of European immigrants in the 1800 and 1900’s.

    There are some multi-million person cities in Brazil that are 75% white ( like Curitiba). These cities feel more like a slightly crummier Europe.

    There are a bunch of things that freaked me out about Rio. One was the combination of the endless extent of the favellas with the decaying downtown. The buildings in the downtown, especially the old colonial sections, exuded a palpable sense of decay, they were old, rundown, graffited, and crumbling. The newer buildings from the 70’s exposed the worst of that era’s architecture. And on the flip side you had favellas stretching out almost endlessly from the city. On the bus ride from the airport to the downtown, all you see is the iconic concrete and corrugated metal houses, stretching endlessly. It’s depressing that’s how much of the world lives. The contrast between the decaying downtown and the growing favellas is alarming, and is visible representation of what it means when the bottom 20% have 4X as many children as the richest 10%.

    The crime was also pretty crazy. My friend lived in Rio for a year. He was telling me that some days gangs of a hundred kids would come down from the favellas with automatic weapons and rob entire sections of the beach at once.

    I took a favella tour hosted by a white, progressive, hippi-ish young women. At one point she was talking about the gangs and trying to justify them a bit. She explained they were more than just drug dealers, they enforced laws in the community, so if a gang member was caught stealing from the people, the gang leader might cut off her hand. I thought it interesting that this progressive women understood how law enforcement needs to work, and approved of it when gangs were doing the enforcement, but if the official Rio police did the same thing she would be appalled and complaining about human rights violations.

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