This is kind of old news, but we thought it would be interesting to re-post just to show how ridiculous car prices are in Brazil. With inflation soaring and the Brazilian Real (BRL) recent depreciation, the price gap tends to widen. Original article here.
The National Agency of Civil Aviation (Anac) Wednesday authorized the granting of discounts of 20% on established minimum fares for international travel outside South America. The minimum fares for South American travel were removed in September 08.
Beginning in July, this will rise to 50%, October 80%, and from April 2010, there will be no control of international airfares for flights originating in Brazil.
Currently, the minimum prices established by the government for a flight from Brazil to the United States is $ 708. For France, Germany, Italy and England, the minimum price is $ 869. For Japan $ 2,046. Airlines can now offer fares 20% less than those quoted above.
Airfares from the US to Brazil have been as much as 50% less than from Brazil to the US. By this time next year, international airfares for travel from Brazil should be c with those sold in the in other countries for travel to Brazil.
As a kid growning up in Southwest Oklahoma in the early 50′s, I can remember official racism -water fountains (white/colored), restrooms (white/colored), schools (white/colored). Yet, I also remember the “colored” woman who had a small farm to the west of ours and as I walked the country road from country school to home, she would give me a ride.
I remember the Supreme Court ruling in 1954 against “equal but separate” and the chaos that followed over the years…the Forrest Gump years.
So today is a big step forward for the United States on a journey that has yet to end. Perhaps, it is even a bigger step for the American people; especially African-Americans.
November 4, 2008 — Who?
Brazilians are following the US elections. It is all a bit confusing to them. Elections here are well run and there are seldom serious problems. The Electoral College baffles Brazilians as well. The vote here is direct. The 2000 US elections left Brazilians shaking their heads and asking how a superpower could have such complicated elections?
I would say the majority of Brazilians are for Obama. Bush has never been popular here, which has been a negative for McCain along with his age.
UPDATE: 13 November 08
I was raised in Oklahoma. I can remembrer seeing drinking fountains and restrooms designated Whites and Coloreds. Schools were seperate, but not equal. That all changed after 1954, and unlike the Deep South, desegreation went relatively smoothly. But I can remember: the turmoil in Little Rock when President Eisenhower called out Federal troops to force integration, Black Panthers’ shootout in Los Angeles, Million Man March on Washington……and now an African-American President. There have been many ugly and nasty events over the years, but electing Obama as President goes in some small measure towards balancing out the previous wrongs and there were SO many wrongs!.
UPDATED: September 2012
Clothes are much cheaper to buy in the US than here in Brazil. I haven’t been back to the States since 2005 and I just may have to make a “buying run” before too long. My wife will be all for this as she complains every time she buys clothes here (she is Brazilian) that they are too expensive compared to the States. Women also have a much wider selection in the US than Brazil even though they might not be as stylish.
With the weak US$, not only clothes but other items as well are less expensive than Brazil.
I’ve added a clothing size chart. Brazil uses the European sizes….I think. Will have to check with my wife who is off traveling with her Mother in Minas Gerais.
SIZES: Brazil USA Europe