|I have no first-hand knowledge of Macaé. The media either praises Macaé as the Oil Capital of Brazil, the city with the highest percentage of gringos or a city with the highest murder rate in the State of Rio. Kind of depends which day you read the paper.It is not a tourist city.Rio das Ostras, 28 km down the road on the way to Buzios, appears to have a better quality of life . Rio das Ostras is a tourist city, but not to the scale of Cabo Frio and Buzios, which are traditional tourist, beach cities.
If you want to get a high-paying oil job in Macaé start in Aberdeen, Houston or Stavanger. It is expensive to put gringos to work in Macaé. I’ve read that the international oil service companies are giving priority to the training of Brazilians due to the high-cost of hiring gringos. However, it seems that there is still strong demand for short-term contracts for specialized, oil industry professionals.
If anyone has first-hand knowledge about he job market in Macaé, please comment.
A good article in this publication about the quality of life in São Paulo as well as other cities in South America base on the Mercer Survey. This publicastion is a good source for Latin American news.
Sao Paulo today received 70% of the rain it normally receives during the entire month of September. Flooding there is not unusual during the rainy season. Famous for its traffic jams…..add a lot of water and you get this.
Percy is on the left! :-)
Read the other day that Brad Pitt will play the role of Percy Fawcett; an English explorer who vanished in Northeast Mato Grosso in 1925 while searching for the Lost City of Z. The news clip said Brad and Angelina would move to Brazil during the filming. Mato Grosso? I wonder……? I doubt it unless they actual film in Mato Grosso, which I think would be very unlikely.
The Survivor TV program is filming its reality show in the Jalapão region of the State of Tocantins. It sure has put Tocantins on the map.
And, of course, Tom Cruise was in Rio promoting his latest film. He and the wifey went to the beach, ate out in a restaurant in Leblon (sushi, I believe) and flew by helicopter down to Angra dos Reis. He waved and said “Gracias” and “Hola” the whole time. Someone forgot to tell him the language here is Portuguese; not Spanish. As far as I know, he didn’t mention Buenos Aires as being the capital of Brazil. Another error many Gringos make when visiting Brazil.
- Percy Fawcett – Wikipedia
- Survivor – CBS TV
- State of Tocantins – Wikipedia
- Site State Government of Tocantins – Jalapão
- Angra dos Reis
I first visited Brasília in June 1966 arriving from Belo Horizonte by bus. It was a city still “under construction”. It was cold. It was dusty – red. The Cathedral was just a concrete frame. The Congress and Senate buildings you see above where there as were most of the Ministry buildings. The US Embassy sat out in the middle of a pasture. It looked more like a temporary Army camp than the US Embassy. Now it looks like NASA’s headquarters with all those antennas sticking out from the top of a very large building. Actually, it may have been the US Consulate. I don’t remember when the US Embassy was moved from Rio (present day US Consulate) to Brasília.
When I returned to Brazil in 1986, I lived in Brasília for three months before moving to Goiânia. I liked it, but many Brasilians don’t. They are proud of its fame as the country’s capital, but most have no desire to live there unless they get one of the high paying government jobs. Why? It is the least Brazilian city in Brazil. It has wide avenues, controlled traffic, spacial environment, minimal poverty and a low-crime rate. The quality of life is one of the best in Brazil. Now having said all that, Brasília is surrounded by the “real” Brazil (satellite cities), which are all those things that Brasília is not.
Brazilians say it lacks “soul”.
If you come to Brazil, it is worth a visit. It was 48 years ago that the city was inaugurated in the middle the cerrado (savanna). Built from scratch, it opened up the vast interior of the country.
- Brazil Travel Information – Patricia Ribeiro at About.com
- Flickr Photos – Brasília Dircinha
- History of Brasília – Wikipedia