Each day this week I’m writing a “Brazil post” to raise awareness that I’m leaving on vacation for South America on Friday. Although I will not be visiting Rio de Janeiro on this trip to Brazil, I think it is one of the most amazing places in the world and a place I would encourage travelers to consider visiting. I stumbled upon this old video footage of the gay beach on Ipanema; definitely worth visiting.
When we fly out of Boston later this week to Brazil we will fly to Brazil’s third largest city, Belo Horizonte.
I often refer to Belo Horizonte (B.H.) as the “Chicago” of Brazil. Like Chicago, it is the country’s third largest city and is not on the coast. This city of nearly 5 million is a one hour flight from both Sao Paulo and / or Rio de Janeiro.
I leave for Brazil on Friday and to build excitement about the trip each day I am going to publish what I’m calling a “Brazil Post”. I thought I’d start the Brazil themed post with a bit of music and dance since most people associate the sounds of samba and Carnival with this South American nation.
A couple years ago I posted this video of a bunch of young guys dancing in their underwear (a.k.a. cueca). Enjoy the video.
One week from today I will board a plane and fly down to Brazil. While I’ve been to Brazil many times, I have not visited in a few years. This trip will bring me to Belo Horizonte, Floripa and Sao Paulo. Until then, I thought I’d tempt you with this photo from Rio de Janeiro.
Next month I’ll be visiting friends in Sao Paulo and while we have not made any plans we usually end up going to The Week. This nightclub has the distinction of being my absolute favorite gay club in the world. I’ve never seen a place that is its equal and doubt I will now that my clubbing days are fewer and fewer.
The Week is a massive night club in Sao Paulo (20,000+ sq ft). In recent years, they have expanded to Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis. I thought I’d share one of the Week’s promo videos to give you a taste of nightlife in Brazil. Should you ever find yourself in SP, put going to The Week on your list of “to-do’s”.
One month from today I board a flight to Brazil where I will spend a couple of weeks visiting family and relaxing.
The first week will be with my partner’s family in Belo Horizonte. Then we will fly down to Florianopolis to relax for almost a week before zipping up to Sao Paulo for our final two nights. We still have a lot of planning to do including scheduling our flights inside Brazil and making reservations in Floripa. Making these travel plans is getting me excited to revisit Brazil. Do you have any trips on the horizon?
I almost never travel in the summer. I wait all year for New England’s summer days filled with sun and warmth. However, with summer now a thing of the past, my mind turns to travel. It has been a few years since my last visit to Brazil, but plans are in the making to rectify that.
Eu tenho saudade Brasil.
My enthusiasm for public art and funding these initiatives is not always shared, but I think commissioning public art installations is essential to any city and community. So I was thrilled to see the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA-Boston) have two famous street artists from Brazil create larger than life murals in the city of Boston.
Os Gemos – identical twin brothers and street artists from Brazil – are currently hosting their first museum show in the United States at the ICA-Boston. While the show is here in Boston this large temporary mural will dominate Dewey Square in Boston’s financial district.
You may read more about the installation and view a slide show of the creation of the mural as well as the show at the ICA-Boston here.
100 completely useless or recently vandalized phone booths in São Paulo, Brazil, were given to talented artists who had free reign to turn them into anything they like as part of an ongoing public art project “Call Parade” sponsored by Brazilian telecommunications company Vivo. Check out the complete list of phone booths, learn more about the artists who created the public art and find out where the phone booth is on Google Maps here.
Is it any wonder I love visiting Brazil?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
– Mark Twain
I love to travel, and I’ve been very fortunate to visit many places. One of my favorite countries to visit is Brazil. Its an amazing country both exotic and familiar for American travelers. The country has the can-do, entrepreneurial spirit many Americans identify with and like the U.S. – Brazil is a giant melting pot of people, races and religions. However, its history is more closely aligned with Portugal and the Latin speaking nations of Europe providing a uniquely exotic personality that thoroughly romances you. The picture above is a breathtaking image of Rio de Janeiro; one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the advantage to visit.
What are some of your favorite destinations, and where do you dream of traveling some day?
Rio de Janeiro is one of my favorite cities in the entire world; it is easily one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. It is also an intensely sexual city since most men and women seem to walk everywhere in the tiniest bathing suits I’ve ever seen.
Gay life in Brazil and especially in Rio is alive and thriving. To welcome gay tourists Riotur joined with Rio de Janeiro City Hall and made this video to show why the city is a favorite destination for lesbian and gay tourists. If you are planning to visit Rio or have any questions about this magnificent city (or Brazil in general) please feel free to send me a question and I’ll try my best to answer you.
Interesting Information about Rio
- First discovered in 1502 and founded in 1565
- 7,000,000 people live in Rio de Janeiro
- In 2014 Rio will host World Cup
- In 2016 Rio will host the Summer Olympics
- This is one of BosGuy’s favorite places in the entire world
Considering the responses I received from my last post, I thought I would stick with the Brazilian theme and include these 6 teenagers. I initially posted this video back in December 2008, in my entry I love the holidays.
Check out this funny 2-minute video entitled “Cueca Funk”. I have a bit of a crush on the guy in the royal blue boxers on the left. FYI – Cueca is Portuguese for underwear.
Earlier today I received an e-mail inquiring why I don’t have any pictures of me on my blog. I pointed out that I have several in my blog header, but upon further inspection realized I had not included any pictures in posts in quite awhile. Let’s just say I’m a bit camera shy. Here’s a shot of me goofing off a couple of years ago the last time I was in Rio de Janeiro.