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The sound of Portuguese spoken with an accent is just one of the undeniable signs that foreigners have arrived in the favela. And the “gringos” are here to stay. Hailing from many countries around the globe, these newcomers have passed up life on the “asphalt,” as the formal areas of the city are known, in favor of settling in favelas. More affordable housing, along with improved safety following the establishment ofPacifying Police Units (UPP, by the Portuguese acronym), are leading a growing number of foreigners to seek housing in the favela. While the foreigners are successfully integrating into the fabric of the neighborhood, residents and experts warn that this trend, which is causing property values to soar, will take its toll on long-time residents.
The Folha de São Paulo offers daily news about Brazil in English . It has RSS, which will allow you to add it to your Reader. From the site in English, you can switch to Portuguese. If you use the Chrome browser, Google Translator can be added to the toolbar, which will allow you to translate the articles in Portuguese to English or whatever language you wish.
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It is becoming easier and easier to know what is going on in Brazil using just a couple of clicks instead of having to surf the Internet. In addition, these news resources lead to yet more resources.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While a caipirinha is more likely to spring to mind when thinking of a Brazilian drink, do not rule out a glass of Brazilian produced wine, especially a sparkling one. Wine importers around the world are discovering Brazilian wines and exports from Brazil are rising rapidly, with sales of sparkling wines achieving a 12 percent growth in 2010.
Over the years the joke was “Brazil is a country of the future and always will be.” Much talk now of Brazil having arrived. It may not have arrived yet, but for sure, it has had impressive growth.
Over the years, it would come up political discussions Brazil’s role in the world. When I would mention that one day Brazil might be considered the “bad buy” on the block, they would laugh and say “never”. Well, never has arrived. Brazilians being called or treated as imperalist is amazing. Just goes to show, if you live long enough “never” can happen. .