Paradise!!! Fo sho!!!
Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
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Joao Pessoa is the city I've been searching for in the last two years! Its a small city of 600,00, beautiful beaches that are not crowded at all and they that still have many 'virgin' areas for peace and quiet. Many foreigners live here so we can actually have a community of good friends. Cost of living is low. Very, very modern. Great entertainment comes, actually the famous jazz musician Chick Corea just performed here.There are Friendly locals here. The climate is a continuous 75-85 degrees. I can travel within brasil cheaply. We both can find something to do make a little money. This is it! Were stayin here.
This is also a funny peculiar town where things are still hauled by horse and buggy, (see fotos) But at the same time its also modern which is cool
We've met alot of wonderful people here that have greeted us with open arms. It feels like we belong here. Expatriates or foreigners here from Scotland, U.K. U.S. and wherever, we all support each other because we need each other. We might know potuguesse but its great to just talk to someone who can understand where your from and your crazy sarcastic jokes in english.
I just threw a big party for all of our new expat friends. (see fotos) Its was a blast!! Lots of food, we barbqued by the pool and played American and Salsa music
I live in a small part of Joao Pessoa called Cabo Branco. (see foto of the apartment building). Its the part of town where most of the expats live, great beach front restaurants and bars. My favorite is a bar that plays all funk, R&B and hip hop music from the 80's
Speaking of south America in general and Joao Pessoa specifically, this continent is a hustler's dream. The hustlers in Joao pessoa are on the streets selling DVD's on bikes, coconuts, pineapples everywhere, diffrent art that is made from hand, all sorts of stuff. I guess because since there are very few good jobs in South America they get creative in order to survive. But in some cities the sellers are more aggresive in the way they ask you to buy. Thank god in Joao Pessoa they ask you once and if you say no, they go away but in some countries like Peru they are like flies and will beg you 4-5 times until you change your tone of voice and then they go away. In my case they cant tell if Im American or not so Im not immediately dubbed as 'rich' so I try not to speak to much sometimes so I can be a 'fly on the wall' and see the real Brasillero. Remember, money changes things.
Joao Pessoa is a 2hr. flight from Senegal, Africa so since I'll be living here I'll probably be able to see Africa quite easy. Also since I am so close to the motherland maybe this reason enough that SOMEONE from the states comes and visits me. (hint, hint)
All and all this is a great city for me to make a life, maybe.....! So.............whoop there it is!!!!
Ill be back in the states around April, look for me!