Brazil Travel Guide
We’ve heard of some unique ways in which Brazil is preparing for the influx of visitors in advance of next year’s World Cup, and once again they’re putting on their thinking caps when it comes to some creative marketing. Forget the traditional travel apps and the specially designed websites, as this time the tourism folks are going forward in 3D.
No need to brab your glasses for these clips, as Embratur—that’s Brazil’s tourism group—has just shot a whole bunch of 3D-style movies. Their goal is to bring around twelve different destinations to life, as they’re hoping to familiarize everyone with the different spots in which the games will take place.
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While his music industry cohorts were patting each other on the back at the Grammy Awards last night, Kanye West spent the weekend in Brazil with Kim Kardashian and Will Smith.
We understand that 2013 has pretty much just started, but when it comes to planning for something as big as the World Cup it pays to start as early as possible. We’re not surprised that the folks in Brazil have been putting in the overtime to ensure that everything is ready to go before the very first kick-off. What is a little surprising is that the prostitutes are also getting ready as well, but for them it’s all about studying.
Prostitutes want to be prepared for all the tourists heading to the country in little over a year, so they’re signing up for English language courses. After all it’s a little bit easier to negotiate the terms of a deal when you’re both sharing the same way of communication. Prostitution is legal in Brazil—that’s a fun fact—and the advocacy groups are going all in to ensure that the ladies are prepared as possible.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted at: Morro de São Paulo, Brasil.
This week's Travel Cat comes from Instagrammer @dogstalkpoetry, who recently spotted this mustachioed friend in Brazil, though a little too late for Movember. She says of this Travel Cat: "Moustache Cat! Cat reminds me of Charlie Chaplin."
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In addition to the Chicago summer fest, Lollapalooza will also return to South America next year with the second annual Lollapalooza Chile in O’Higgins Park in Santiago on March 31 – April 1, 2012, and the first-ever Lollapalooza Brazil at the Jockey Club in São Paulo, April 7-8, 2012.
The Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bassnectar, Band of Horses, Thievery Corporation, Peaches, Cage the Elephant, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Friendly Fires, Foster the People and Tinie Tempah are all scheduled to appear at both Lollapalooza Chile and Lollapalooza Brazil.
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While in-flight WiFi is available on certain short-haul trips, the big news is that TAM is now bringing the magic of in-flight accessibility to some of their long-haul flights as well. They’ll be using OnAir to provide all the behind-the-scenes magic, as they start to equip their Boeing 777s along with Airbus A330s and A350s. In total there should be roughly 80 jets when the mechanics, electricians, and engineers finally hang up their wrenches and wire cutters.
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Twilight fans finally got a sneak peek at the cinematic moments they've been dying to see: Edward and Bella's wedding, Honeymoon, and impending parenthood.
At last night's MTV Movie Awards, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart finally presented the first full length trailer for the final chapter in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, which will be split into two films.
For the first time, we get a glimpse of Edward and Bella's wedding, which, even though it looks like an exotic destination, was actually filmed just outside of Vancouver, in the rain. The entire area was covered with tarps and umbrellas to keep sneaky paparazzi at bay.
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Last week James Cameron, Bill Clinton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger came together for the Second Annual International Forum on Sustainability in Manaus, Brazil. During the event, Cameron told reporters that he wants to bring the cast of his Avatar sequels to Brazil's Amazon Rainforest so they can be inspired by the location and its indigenous tribes.
Compared to previous episodes, Brazil was predictable, and stereotypical. Instead of stepping off the beaten path, Karl got waxed and shopped for a Speedo before being forced to spend time at gay and nude beaches. No surprises there.
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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson didn't let a little thing like a hostage situation keep them from filming in Brazil. After hostages were taken at the Intercontinental Rio de Janeiro back in August, there was some speculation that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn's pivotal honeymoon scenes would be shot somewhere else.
Despite the controversy, the producers of Breaking Dawn decided to shoot in Brazil anyway and filming is officially underway this week.
This week we've learned there is at least one thing that can scare off vampires and werewolves: hostage situations.
The next installment of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, was expected to shoot a few key scenes in Rio de Janeiro. But, after last weekend's deadly shootout between cops and gang members at the InterContinental Rio de Janeiro, they may be backing out.
We complain about airport security and all the hassles it presents to those attempting to travel at least once a week. However, even the most frequent traveler probably doesn’t have to face the security gauntlet as much as pilots and flight attendants do. Last Friday, one United Airlines pilot, Michael Slynn, just couldn’t take it anymore, and instead of trying for the umpteenth time to go through the metal detector, he just removed his pants.
The pilot was briefly held up at the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for some questioning, but was back on his way after they discovered that he was just frustrated and not nuts. He was even allowed to fly his plane off to Washington DC, but he was told that he would have to go before a judge the next time he returns to Brazil. We’re wondering if he’ll put in for a route switch so he can avoid the country for this reason.