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15 Jan

It was about time… Rio4men needed its own domain for a while now, but I never came to it. We’ll have weekly updates now, including Brazilian girls pics (hot Brazilian girls of course, party info as well as dating info). Connect to us on http://www.rio4men. See you there 😉

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The art of ficar. No commitment please.

14 Jan ficar - rio de janeiro - date Brazilian girls

A post from 2011, but due to various requests on the topic, decided to post it again. Since the day I arrived in Rio de  Janeiro, I quickly fell in love with this word – and especially the story behind it.

Ficar is a famous word in Brazil. It led to many tears but gave much pleasure to many at the same time. Most of the men in Rio and other cities will support the idea fully. Most women, although changing, don’t. For many it’s a way to be close to the man they like, hoping something more comes out of it.

What’s Ficar? Ficar means that you are going out, sleep together but remain “single”. I would say that ficar is like a friend with benefits. But in Brazil, this means that the focus is on the benefits, rather than the friendship.

In many cases when a Brazilian feels attracted she doesn’t mind kissing or sleeping with the guy she’s attracted to. Kissing however doesn’t mean it leads to any commitment. It’s just a fun thing to do. OR: It doesn’t mean she wants to see you the day after ! I saw many foreigners making the big mistake of calling & messaging the girl they met the night before. It almost changed into stalking and of course made the girl lose her interests for sure, if there was any.

If you do meet up again, liking someone doesn’t necessarily mean love is involved, yet. If this is the case, most people will ‘ficar’. It’s kind of a special friendship. Most man will try to keep that status as long as they can/want. Most women try to become a committed couple as fast as they can 🙂 But again, this is changing. I see more & more girls (16-24) enjoy their single life, but enjoy having someone near for the lonely moments.

Is ficar common? Yes it is. Most women will not admit it, and tell you immediately (especially if you are gringo) that they hate it. However, about all have their fair deal of ficar experiences.

So when you visit Rio (or Brazil), don’t fall into the love trap immediately. Don’t feel obliged to take car of the girl you just met. Kiss, go out, sleep with her. And if you like here, do it all over again. If you don’t, just end it. Ficar!

Guest post: Why Brazil is a Great Place to Date Women and Enjoy Life

14 Jan

A short guest post giving you some reasons to live in Brazil. Women are, of course, one of them 😉

There are many great reasons why you should consider a future in Brazil. First of all, Brazil has great
year long weather. Located near the equator, Brazil’s winters are short and not nearly as cold as in the Northeast United States, Canada and Europe. In Brazil you can wear light clothing for most of the year. Most of the year you will enjoy sunny, warm weather with a nice breeze.

Another great reason are it’s beaches. Brazil has many wonderful beaches such as Copa Cabana where you can spend many months of the year forgetting life’s troubles on a warm sunny day. Many people enjoy surfing and playing soccer on the beach. It’s also a great place to socialize and enjoy life without the stress of a long day in an urban setting.

Another great reason is Brazil’s economy. Right now Brazil’s economy is booming and the country is experiencing an increase in exports and foreign investments. The energy sector is also increasing due to new recent finds of petroleum. While many countries are going through a recession Brazil’s economy continues to chug away.

Another plus is the language. In Brazil Portuguese is the main language. Portuguese is very similar to Spanish and this means if you learn this language it will open doors to all Latin America. It won’t hurt to have this on your resume.

And here’s the best one: the women. Of course. The icing on the cake is that Brazil is full of nice, down to Earth, warm hearted attractive ladies. The ratio of women to men is Brazil is known to be undoubtedly in favor of men. Many men both Western and local have told stories of Brazilian women eagerly competing with each other over them. This is the great advantage of living in Brazil, where the women come a dime a dozen.

But it’s not just the fact that Brazilian women are numerous and most are attractive, but it’s also their friendliness and down to Earth personalities. Most Brazilian women are open minded and are not as difficult to approach as Western women. Dating Brazilian women is really a cake walk for any Western man.

So there you have it. Great reasons why Brazil should be considered a prime place to hang your boots. Great weather, growing economy, nice beaches, and beautiful, down to Earth friendly women, what more can you ask for?

Guestpost from Alex Di Blasio.

BAR DO MINEIRO – Santa Teresa

27 Dec

A good place to meet both locals and tourists in Rio’s Bohemian area, Santa Teresa.

They offer great pastels, Brazilian feijoada and other typical dishes. It’s always busy so count up to an hour before you get a table. Don’t worry though, take a caipirinha, order some tapas and wait on the street. Meet people & have fun.

Highly recommended when visiting Santa Teresa (and not expensive). Not the place to go to hit on Brazilian girls, but a nice place in case you would like to go somewhere. Or, if you are living the more local lifestyle, a perfect place to take a blonde Swedish girl to.

Tue-Sat 11:00 – 2:00, Sun 11:00 – 0:00

Location: Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 99 – RJ 20240-290 – Santa Teresa

FOSFOBOX – Copacabana

27 Dec

Just a small review of this nightclub in Copacabana. I’ve been there three times and never really liked it. I can’t really point out what it is exactly, but it just doesn’t work for me.

Fosfobox is located in a small basement. The club has one room and two bars. Although the second bar is more of a street bar rather than a club bar. The DJ’s play Hard Rock, House, Techno and Hip Hop depending on the day.

Fosfobox hosts many parties and DJ’s, but in general:  Thursday is rock night, Friday and Saturday are house and techno. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

People wise, Fosfobox offers a mix of tourists and locals. It’s a club which is very well known for its gay crowd as well, so keep this in mind when you head over there.

Go casual or alternative. Bills are reasonable, around 40-60R$ should give you a nice night out.

And before I forget; one of the best spots to meet people are the toilets. What? Yep… the toilets. They are unisex, so both man and woman are in the same queue. Let me know if the tip worked for you :p

Location: R. Siqueira Campos 143 22A, Copacabana. *Picture owned by Fosfobox

Travel = experience

23 Nov

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food…

Where to stay in Rio?

11 Aug

If you don’t have to worry about your finances, lodge in Ipanema or Leblon. It’s the best area to stay (or live) in Rio. Most of the best bars, clubs & restaurants are located in Ipanema/Leblon or within a short walking distance (Lagoa). Ipanema also hosts the nicest beach, and is packed with beautiful women (especially between post 9 – 12).

Second on the list is Copacabana/Leme. Copacabana is well known around the world, but not really the place to be if you want to enjoy Rio at its fullest. The beach attracts a mix of people, from families to inhabitants from the communities.

Copacabana is still the area to be if you are looking for some paid action, as a tourist. If thats the purpose of your stay, try to find your accommodation at the end of Copacabana/beginning of Leme as it where the ‘action’ is.

In general Ipanema’s more expensive bars & restaurants will be busy during the night, while Copacabana’s shady streets will be more or less dead.

Botafogo/Catete is a nice area to go to if you are with locals, or a backpacker. There are many hostels and bars catering to the budget traveler. Just keep in mind that you’ll need a taxi (or bus) for almost everything; if you want to go to the beach, a club or the more upscale bars.

Santa Teresa is a nice place to visit, but not a good area to stay in. It became pretty safe after the pacification of the favela’s in the area, but it’s far away from everything. Set on a hill, you’ll need a 15-20min walk, taxi or bus to get to the center. There’s no beach, not much to do in the evening and again, pretty far from everything.

Barra da Tijuca. I often go here to surf, sometimes to party and often just to meet up with some Carioca friends. I love the beach, but that’s about it. Staying in Barra means you’ll need a taxi to go to the supermarket, club, restaurant, bar, or even beach (depending on where you are staying). It’s a big stretch of land full with large apartment complexes and gated communities. Not the place you want to stay in as a tourist.

Do Brazilian woman like foreigners?

12 Dec

Brazil is a big country, covering a territory of 8.51 million square kilometers. The country has roughly the same size as the continent of Europe and over 35 times the size of the United Kingdom.

It’s easy to understand that there’s a big difference between a Brazilian woman from the North or the South. But moreover, Brazil has a big economic inequality which results in a different education and thus general view over the world,… Add the influence of tourists in major tourist hot spots such as Rio de Janeiro and you understand it’s not that easy to answer questions such as ‘do Brazilian women like Americans’.

In short, most Brazilian woman will love to meet a foreigner. they have a curious nature and are very spontaneous when it comes to meeting new people. Add that many women are tired of being cheated on when in a relationship with a Brazilian man, the “foreigner on the white horse” stories will help you to easily get in touch with a nice Brazilian girl.

There is a but though. Due to Brazil’s economic growth, more and more woman travel around the world, mainly to the US and Europe. They meet, sleep and experience how it is in a relationship with “a foreigner”. In some cases it ends in a beautiful relationship, however often they’ll be ending up back in their home country – with a 9 hour flight separating them. This experience learns them that long distance relationships are hard to keep up and not worth the investment.

So if you are not planning (or telling them, a little lie for the good) to live in Brazil, most of the mid class and especially high-class women will be not that interested to start a relationship with a foreigner, if he doesn’t live in Brazil himself.

The story becomes even harder when we are talking about the high-class woman in touristic cities such as Rio de Janeiro. Woman there are used to meet (and see them leave) ‘gringoes’ and tired of seeing a bunch of drunks yelling on the street and approaching every girl they see without actually having a clue how to approach. Being seen with a tourist is for the high society Carioca girl a bad thing, not a positive one like in Brazil’s (poor) North.

Now coming back to my first line “most Brazilian woman will love to meet a foreigner”; most Brazilian women are happy to meet you. If you are an educated, respectful guy. If you behave (feel free to stand out, but in the positive way), and offer them something new. Not money – as the mid-high class Brazilian girl has enough money but romance, honesty (or at least the idea of) and a new way of approaching them.

Don’t be the typical (sex) tourist nor the American/European who thinks that his crappy Sales Manager salary from the US/Europe will make him a God in Brazil. Those days are long over. Be unique. Dress nice (Brazilians, except Paulistas dress bad), be nice, be direct but with respect and you’ll do well in Brazil, for sure.

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What if money didn’t matter – Get inspired

8 Dec

Going Out: Doiz Bar

26 Nov

Not know by tourist, but surely worth the visit, Doiz bar offers a nice and relaxed environment; two lounges, the bar and large red sofa.  The great decor with bright colors give this place the atmosphere of a nightclub, but with a more intimate touch. The bar is famous for its people, food and excellent drinks.

It’s a great place to take your date to, or have some drinks and meet some nice woman before heading out to the other clubs in the area. The place is located in Rio’s neighborhood Botafogo, a short trip from Ipanema/Leblon/Copacabana.

Address: Capitão Salomão St., Botafogo – Rio de Janeiro

Mon to Wed from 7pm to 1am – Thu to Sat from 7pm to 3am

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