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The excitement is beginning to build for next year's World Cup because not only does the massive soccer event attract world-wide spectators, but the 2014 version will happen in a country known for partying: Brazil!
If you're planning to pop down to Brazil to watch a little soccer and partake in a few caipirinhas, travel there may not go as smoothly as you'd hope. Along with some heavy-duty pre-planning, travelers might need to fork over more Reals than originally planned if the Brazilian government doesn't implement the Open-Skies agreement signed in 2010.
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We remember the last World Cup like it was yesterday. You knowSouth Africa, vuvuzelas, "tekkies," picturesque stadiums in a country that seems (and is) so very far away, and Spain's victory over the Netherlands. In reality, that was a whole three years ago and the world is quickly moving on to celebrate today as the one-year mark before yet another FIFA World Cup.
The soccer championship series occurs every four years, changing host countries in a wooing process similar to that of the Olympic Games. The last five destinations have been South Africa, Germany, Japan, France and the United States. For 2014, it'll be Brazil's time to shine as the major cities see their stadiums transformed into seething hoards of soccer hooligans wearing their team colors in every manner possible.
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The wolfpack was back together again in Rio de Janeiro this week, and they weren't afraid to strut their stuff on the beach.
The cast of The Hangover 3, including Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, hit the beach before the movie's Brazilian premiere.
Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis showed some skin, just like the locals, in skimpy speedos while the one guy most ladies want to see in a tiny bathing suit, Bradley Cooper, kept covered up in a gray t-shirt and black shorts.
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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Cue the oohs and ahhs with this new first class seat from our friends way south of the border, TAM. The airline has unveiled its plans for an overhauled premium cabin for its new 777s they will take delivery of later this year.
The concept the refreshed cabin wants to convey is "From Home To Home." Basically this means they've created a comfy living space with all the the bells and whistles of a typical comfy space in your own home. Each of the four seats in first class will sport a wide seat, individual closets, a lamp, dining table, cushions, and a Nespresso service for in mid-flight pick-me-up. From the looks of it, the seat could pass for an executive office with its wood-grain, calming grey and splash of spring green.
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Last week we told you about the slurry of airlines using this year to refresh their aircraft cabins and service. Not a few days later, American Airlines dropped some major news as well, and they supplemented it with Instagram shots of the goods.
AA will take delivery of their first Boeing 777-300ER late this year and, from photos posted on Instagram last week, the big birds will look pretty flash on the inside. Since the airline is the first US carrier to take delivery of the shiny, new aircraft type, the introduction will surely be huge.
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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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Often the news stories about Google Maps Street Viewthe Mountain View technology that allows you to virtually walk up and down roads, alleyways, and even zooshave controversial political upshots. There are perennial privacy issues, including ones that have brought Google into conflicts with European governments. In an age of terrorism there are also genuine security risks, and it took until this week for Israel to greenlight Street View despite the Israelis' numerous safety concerns (although we did kind of tell you they'd end up deciding that way). In any case, mapping the world has turned out to be a more problematic goal than Google might have imagined.
The newest Street View project shouldn't turn out that way. Instead, Google seems to have found a project that just about anyone can get behind.
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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.