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.