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    • Very short layover in CGH airport

      São Paulo Aug 19, 2015 at 9:08 AM

      It's been about 5 years since I last went to the CGH airport in Sao paulo, from what I remember, it's tiny, and from one end to the other it doesn't take too too much walking. Then again, it has been 5 years. The reason I ask is because I will have a short layover in CGH - about 2 hours - and hoping to meet a friend for a coffee AT THE AIRPORT. I am taking a domestic flight with TAM so I will have minimal hand luggage. Since I only have about 2 hours, do you guys think I have enough time to just go back out to the airport check-in area for a coffee ,and make it back past customs to board my transfer flight?

      For one, I wouldn't want to miss my flight (of course), second, if the time is too tight, I don't want to waste my friend's time in asking him to drop by the airport.

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      Dual citizenship question

      Brazil Aug 17, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      Hello travelers,
      I am dual citizen now (EU and USA) I want to go to Argentina. I don't need visa for my Europe passport and for that I wanna use it. I traveled many places without any visa with my EU passport.

      But now dual, My question is when and how I use my passports?

      I am confused, what part of my trips I use what passport . Do I exit USA with US passport, enter Argentina with Europe? Or not ? How about the return?

      I heared so many different answers. I appreciate if someone gave me correct answer as they had this experience and used dual citizen throughout their journey.

      I like to know so I can use for other trips as well, ex Cuba, Africa etc.

      Many many thank you'd in advance for help
      Cheers :-)

    • Concerned about friend travelling to Sao Paolo

      São Paulo Aug 8, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      Hi everyone,

      I have a friend travelling to Sao Paulo for a week to stay with someone she met online. She does not know anyone else in the city or speak the language.

      Looking for advice / tips i can give my friend to help ensure her safety. Cancelling the trip is not an option.


    • One night accommodation in Salvador during the Carnival - mission impossible?

      by Srechko Online Now Jan 28, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      After we booked all our flights and some accommodation, we just discovered a problem with our Brazil itinerary that partially covers Carnival period.

      During the carnival we will stay in el Morro De Sao Paulo, and on March 7 we have a flight from Salvador to Rio (at noon). The problem is that we can't get to Salvador before our flight to Rio on March 7, so we will have to travel to Salvador one day before and spend 1 night there (March 6). As all hotels and hostels only offer 5 - 7 day packages during carnival period, how and where could we find 2 beds for just one night in Salvador?

      Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks very much,

      Srechko, Toronto

      6 Answers Feb 17, 2011 at 8:47 PM
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      Os 7 Ones (7 ones) - O Melhor da Bahia (The best of Bahia.)

      by peace_prevails Online Now Jan 6, 2011 at 6:56 AM

      Oi Gente,

      Esta é Jeff, do Texas. Estou indo para Salvador na semana de 7 de fevereiro e uma coisa que eu sempre tento fazer é começar educado na cena local, antes de chegar: o que eu chamo de "os sete". Se algum de vocês VTers poderia me dar apenas uma resposta pouco por todo ou qualquer um dos abaixo - seus favoritos - para Salvador, na Bahia ou no Nordeste.

      1. Um livro ... algo que tem a alma não é muito histórica ou seca.

      2. Uma Canção ... qualquer clássicos Bahia ou artistas de Salvador que eu poderia encontrar no iTunes ou outro.

      3. Uma bebida ... o que os locals bebida. Algo mais locais do que caipirinhas.

      4. Um prato ... uma refeição, local tradicional ou comida.

      5. Uma palavra / frase ... uma saudação, ou algo exclusivo para o Nordeste ou do Brasil em geral.

      6. Um pouco de notícias ... o que está acontecendo na Bahia recentemente (acho que a notícia Dilma é grande a nível nacional). Local / itens nacionais que têm sido notícia.

      7. lugar pouco conhecido ... um lugar fora do trajeto onde se pode começar uma sensação real para a cultura (cidade pequena, pequeno clube em Salvador, local de boa música, etc)

      Meu Português não é tão bom, eu usei o tradutor do Google para alguns (muito) pode estar incorreta. Sinta-se livre para responder em Português - Estou aprendendo a amar a língua!



      PS - Se você quiser ver as coletâneas de outros países, você pode ir aqui - vou acrescentar à coluna da Bahia como qualquer respostas vêm dentro ..

      The 7 Ones

      This is Jeff from Texas. I'm coming to Salvador the week of 7 february and one thing I always try to do is get educated on the local scene before arriving: what I call 'the seven ones'. If any of you VTers could give me just one little answer for all or any of the below - your favorites – for Salvador, Bahia or the Northeast.

      1. A Book... something that has soul not too historical or dry.

      2. A Song... any Bahia classics or Salvador artists that I could find on iTunes or otherwise.

      3. A Drink... what the locals drink. Something more local than caipirinhas.

      4. A Dish... a local, traditional meal or food.

      5. A Word/Phrase... a greeting, or something unique to the Northeast or Brazil in general.

      6. A bit of news... what is going on in Bahia lately (I guess that Dilma news is big nationally). Local/national items that have been in the news.

      7. little-known place... a place off the path where one can get a real feel for the culture (small town, small club in Salvador, good music place, etc)

      My Portuguese isn't this good, I used Google translator so some (much) may be incorrect. Feel free to respond in Portuguese - I am learning to love the language!



      PS - If you want to see the compilations of other countries, you can go here - I'll add to the Bahia column as any responses come in...

      7 Answers Jan 16, 2011 at 8:19 PM
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      Carnival 2010

      by mrtravelbug Online Now Nov 27, 2009 at 2:52 AM

      Hi guys,
      does anyone know the dates for the carnival 2010? Also, should i be concerned about my welfare and safety during this time?

      thanks for everyone's replies
      Mr travelbug

      1 Answer Nov 28, 2009 at 7:28 PM
    • Moving to Salvador

      by expat2007 Online Now Oct 22, 2006 at 10:52 AM

      Hello fellow members,
      I'm arriving in Salvador for the first time this Thursday, the 26th, and plan to look for a flat in or near Barra. I would be gratefull for any advice you could give me regarding looking for flats, recommended hostels in Barra to stay in while I look for a flat, etc. And if you're available to meet me for coffee to tell me about the area and where I should and should not venture, that would be very helpfull too. Thank you for your time. See you in Salvador.

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      Winter in Brazil (August)

      by jelefant Online Now Jul 9, 2006 at 9:26 AM

      I'll be spending 3 weeks in Salvador, Brazil in August. Do women wear white dresses, pants and skirts in winter (August) in Brazil or do they favor darker colors?

      Also, should I buy travelers checks or rely on ATM machines. Obrigada!

      3 Answers Jul 16, 2006 at 12:52 PM
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      hostels in Porto do Barra

      by hyeeh6 Online Now Jul 11, 2005 at 3:31 PM

      Anyone know of any nice beach front or close to the beach in porto do barra? Any info would be appreciated..


      1 Answer Nov 16, 2005 at 12:08 PM
    • Where to Stay in Salvador

      by ChrisEverett Online Now Mar 23, 2005 at 12:15 PM

      I am going to be in Salvador for two nights only in June. We are two 20 something females that would like to stay in a nice hotel in Barra. Does anyone have any suggestions?

      1 Answer Mar 28, 2005 at 8:55 AM
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      apartment or flat rentals for carniaval 2006??

      by hyeeh6 Online Now Mar 13, 2005 at 6:22 PM

      Anyone know of someone or companies that rents our reasonably priced apartment or flats in salvador bahia. I would prefer the barra area or pelourinho as second choice. please help??


      4 Answers Mar 15, 2005 at 9:56 PM