Photos Boa Viagem Beach – Recife Brazil
Gringo’s Blog has lots of info for anyone interested in the Recife/Olinda area or who just wants to have a better understanding of the NE of Brazil.
PERNAMBUCO, BRAZIL – GATEWAY TO NEW YORK
350 YEARS AGO (1654) – A historic journey from
RECIFE, BRAZIL to NEW AMSTERDAM (NEW YORK)
The origins of the first Jewish community of North America
The history of early American Jews is intimately connected with that of Brazilian Jewry. The first organized Jewish community in the Western Hemisphere traced its roots to Recife, Brazil. That community’s existence ended on January 26, 1654, when the Dutch people of Brazil signed a Capitulation agreement that returned the South American territory that they had occupied for nearly 25 years to the Portuguese “Liberation” forces. Between 1645 and 1654, the Jewish population in Brazil declined from a peak of 1,450 to 600 due to the continuous fighting between the Dutch and the Portuguese, the loss of trade, economic adversity, and the impending threat of religious intolerance.
Here are links to sites that have information about Recife. I’ve never been there. My wife, family members and friends have been to Porto de Galinhas; the beach resorts area South of Recife about 70 km. Brazilians tend to fly in, get picked up at the airport and head straight to the beaches.
I have an exPeace Corps friend whose wife is from Recife and they split there time between Recife and the States. Some people love Recife; others don’t like it at all.
Here are a few blogs/sites that have information about Carnival in Salvardor, Recife and São Paulo.
After 20 some years here Carnival does not spark the same interet in me that it did back in the “old days”, when it was less commerical and more up close and personal…as they say. It has become a huge event and so expensive that the local governments had to step in this year and ‘bail out’ the samba school in Rio as several private companies that usually sponsor schools backed out due to the worldwide meltdown.
It is still mind boggling and without a doubt you gotta see and participate at least once in your life. Kind of like the Devil’s Mecca.
The new airline, Azul, has begun selling tickets via the internet; however, flights will not begin until January . This is the low-cost airline started by the founder of JetBlue in the USA.
18 Feb 09, it will have flights from São Paulo-Campinas (VCP) to:
- Manaus (new Apr 09)
- Porto Alegre
UPDATE: 17 July 09
“Evaluation of my first travel experience with Azul Brazilian Airlines, a young and innovative airline using Embraer´s 190 and 195 jets.” by BrazilBusiness click here
There were 5,000+ positions for 61 professional government jobs!
Over at “The Lion’s Den” Blog, there is an entry today explaining why gringos end up returning home.
Read it, if you are considering moving to Brazil. It might save you a world of hurt.