RE: travelling in June
Hello from Joao Pessoa. My name is Robin Bailey, age 53 and recently retired to Brazil.I bought an apartment by the beach, also a granja (small plantation)about 22 kms from the sea.Previously I lived in Cyprus, but had enough of the ignorant locals and the increased cost of living, so looked for somewhere cheap, warm, and friendly - Joao Pessoa is all of these!
I arrived here just before Xmas with the intention of viewing various areas in the Northeast, but took an instant like to Joao Pessoa, so decided to settle here, and so far I have no regrets whatsoever.I also liked the idea of Recife, but having talked to many people (ex-pats and locals),found out it is quite a violent city, so crossed that one off my list. Joao Pessoa is believed to be the safest city in Brazil, as well as the greenest, and in my limited experience, I think it is true. I can walk around, day or night, and don't feel threatened at all, something I cannot say about most places in the UK nowadays.
Well, the driving here leaves a lot to be desired, but probably no worse than Spain or Cyprus, you just have to treat everyone else on the road as a complete idiot.
I can certainly find a cheapish hotel for you, or my friend has an apartment in the same building as mine for rent on a short term basis.If you let me know dates, I can come up with some prices. I can also arrange some property viewings if you give me an idea of what you are looking for and your budget. If you would like to see some of the local area when you are here, I will gladly show you around, and give you the benefit of my own experiences here.
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