Monday Aug 13, 2007

Eu gosto do Rio

This weekend we went to Braz which is a typical Paulista (someone from São Paulo) pizza restaurant with two friends. As we went there on a Friday evening around 2000 (8 pm for the 24-hour challenged people) the place was full and we had to wait almost an hour to get a table, but it was a beautiful evening so we didn't mind waiting outside, and you could order drinks and appetizers so we didn't starve.

Inside it was a bustle, over 50 tables with guests and waiters everywhere catering to everyones needs. Lots of well dressed and elegant people, and since it is winter now you see men in suits, which are painful to wear when it is over 35C in the evenings during the summer. We even spotted Camila Pitanga an actress from the most popular novela (Brazilian TV show) Paraíso Tropical.

You have no idea how big the novelas are here until you have seen and heard the Brazilians engage in lively discussions about the characters and the plots. They talk about them as if they lived in their building. Even the fashion follows the novelas! Bebel, Camila's character, wears clothes which usually are quite revealing, and when we are shopping you can see that they sell very similar clothes in the stores.

Back to the dinner: the pizzas were fantastic. A crisp and tasty crust, with fresh and savory toppings. We had a nice bottle of Los Vascos, produced in Chile by an estate owned by Château Lafite-Rothschild. The combination was so good that I could not help ordering a second pizza, even though I was so full I could not eat more than two pieces. Luckily you could get the remaining part pra viagem - to go :)

I hope we can make a second visit there before we leave in September!

Wednesday Aug 08, 2007

The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia

One of my friends is now a published author! Mags has written a book about all you need to know to get by as a foreigner in Slovakia. It deals with everything from the tourist basics to information which is invaluable if you are going to live and work there.

It is called The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia and is available on Amazon but if you want to buy it you should do it from the web site for the book. Amazon uses on-demand printing and the pictures doesn't look as nice as they do in the real thing.

And yes, I've actually read the book. I got an advance copy of it when I visited in May :)

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