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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    You know what you gotta do to get a ticket from her, Moa. Do it right and you'll get them all!

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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    Quote Originally Posted by Farfalla View Post
    You know what you gotta do to get a ticket from her, Moa. Do it right and you'll get them all!
    Why did u said it ke that....you know how my mind works.....

    But I agree.... get them all!


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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    Quote Originally Posted by Farfalla View Post
    You know what you gotta do to get a ticket from her, Moa. Do it right and you'll get them all!
    that boat already sailed... we're like bother and sister now hahahaa

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    If you guys came here...

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    A Town Where All the World Is a Bar


    By SETH KUGEL
    Published: October 28, 2007

    BELO HORIZONTE, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, has managed to become the country’s third-largest city while remaining almost completely unknown to the outside world. If tourists — more drawn to the sybaritic pleasures of Rio de Janeiro or the urban clamor of São Paulo — know it at all, it is because they may pass through it on their way to Ouro Preto and Diamantina, treating it as a little more than a refueling stop as they head toward those picturesque colonial-era mining towns.
    Brazil Travel Guide


    Bottles of cachaça, or sugar cane liquor, line the walls at another bar.
    Its international anonymity was born of no coastline and thus no beaches, no famous Carnival and thus no February madness, and no big attractions save a few buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer that pale next to his famous works in Brasília.

    But Beagá, the city’s nickname (from the pronunciation of its initials in Portuguese), does have a claim to fame: as the bar capital of Brazil. Not bars as in slick hotel lounges or boozy meat markets, but bars as in botecos, informal sit-down spots where multiple generations socialize, drink beer and often have an informal meal. If you believe the local bluster, there are 12,000 bars in the city, more per capita than anywhere else in the country. Why, no one is completely sure, but one theory has turned into a popular saying: “Não tem mares, tem bares.” Loosely: “There are no seas, thus there are bars.”

    And though tourist guidebooks barely make mention of them, they make for a great way for travelers to dive into the social life of a city whose metropolitan area has exploded in recent decades to over five million inhabitants. The best time to come is for the eighth annual Comida di Buteco competition in April, when some 40 of the top bars square off in categories like hygiene, beer frigidity, service and most importantly, best tira-gosto — or appetizer. Winners are decided not just by judges but by public ballot, giving Belo-Horizontinos a flimsy excuse to go out every night for a month.

    If you miss it, don’t worry. Every night of the year seems to have something of a party feel in this off-the-radar screen hot spot. Get your feet wet at Mercearia Lili (Rua São João Evangelista, 696, Santo Antônio, 55-31-3296-1951), a regular participant in Comida di Buteco. It is one bar of many in Santo Antônio, an upscale neighborhood of steep hills that require superhuman parallel parking skills or, preferably, use of the city’s metered taxis.

    The bar is typical in many ways, not least of which is the furniture: yellow plastic tables and chairs, with the maroon Skol beer logo, spilling out onto the sidewalk (600-milliliter bottles of the Pilsener Skol, to be shared in small glasses, are the citywide order of choice). The buzz of conversation and the clink of bottles — not a D.J. — provide the soundtrack; grey hair and what in the United States would be underage youth share the tables.

    Not far away is Via Cristina (Rua Cristina, 1203, Santo Antônio, 55-31-3296-8343). It’s more upscale with tables covered in green and white checkerboard tablecloths, uniformed waiters and a wall of cachaça — hundreds of different bottles of the sugar cane liquor — that the bartenders use a library-style bookshelf ladder to reach. Their entry in this year’s contest was the Raulzito, a fritter-like pastry filled with dried beef that can be had for two reais (about $1.10 at 1.84 reais to the dollar)

    If there were a Comida di Buteco award for “Hardest to Get To,” the Freud Bar (no address, Nova Lima, 55-31-8833-9098, freudbar.com for map) would win every year. The place is plunked down in the middle of some woods outside the city, down a winding unpaved road. The bar is built into a hill, warmed by a bonfire, and has a few tables actually in the surrounding trees. It has live music (blues and rock), and serves a limited but creative menu, like mulled wine, or a cup of squash, mozzarella and chicken soup (3.50 reais), a nice break from the bean and pork rind soup that is available at just about every boteco.

    Botecos are not just nighttime affairs, as you’ll find if you head to the city’s Central Market on a weekend afternoon. Sure, there are stands selling fruit, meat, the state’s famous cheese, live dogs and birds (as pets), and live hens (as dinner). But the market is also full of uproarious, packed bars like Lumapa, where authorities must chain off a chokingly slender pedestrian walkway so the non-beer-drinking shoppers can get by. A calmer choice is Casa Cheia (Central Market, store 167, Centro, 55-31-3274-9585) a sit-down place serving all its past Comida di Buteco creations, like the Mexidoido chapado, a mishmash of rice, vegetables, four kinds of meat, and quail eggs.

    It is also worth heading to the more far-flung neighborhoods to see some of the quirkier takes on the bar theme. (With 11,999 competitors, you do what you can to stand out.) The ultra-informal Bar do Caixote (Rua Nogueira da Gama, 189, João Pinheiro, 55-31-3376-3010) literally means “Bar of the Crate,” and sure enough, the tables and chairs are wooden crates. The overall winner of the 2007 Comida de Buteco, Bar do Véio, or “Bar of the Old Guy” (Rua Itaguaí, 406, Caiçara, 55-31-3415-8455) is in an outer neighborhood and your cab driver may have trouble finding it, but anyone in the area can direct you. Their simple dish of chunks of pork and tiny golden-fried balls of potato served with a standout pineapple and mint sauce was the 2007 tira-gosto winner.

    When you need a bar break, take an afternoon trip to the Pampulha neighborhood, where several Niemeyer buildings stand, including his famous Church of São Francisco de Assis. The neighborhood also houses Belo Horizonte’s most famous restaurant, Xapuri (Rua Mandacaru, 260, Pampulha, 55-31-3496-6198), the best place in town to try the traditionally rustic cuisine of Minas Gerais. And Sunday morning, you can find unusual gifts at the Hippie Fair (a k a the Feira de Arte e Artensanato da Afonso Pena), two long blocks on Avenida Alfonso Pena crammed with clothing, jewelry, household goods and crafts. When you’re done, stop at food stalls at either end for fried fish or coconut sweets, or pop into the beautifully landscaped Municipal Park park just below the fair to relax. In either place, you won’t be far from a vendor ready to crack you open a can of Skol. In Belo Horizonte, the world’s a bar.

    VISITOR INFORMATION

    HOW TO GET THERE

    Flights from New York to Belo Horizonte usually require a stop in São Paulo. A recent Web search showed round-trip fares on TAM Brazilian Airlines starting at about $1,100 for travel in November.

    WHERE TO STAY

    The Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes (Avenida do Contorno, 7315, 55-31-3298-4100; www.mercure.com), part of a dependable chain, is modern and theirs is always a taxi waiting out front for you. Double rooms start at 174 reais on weekends and 245 reais during the week ($95 and $133 at 1.84 reais to the U.S. dollar).

    PORTUGUESE BAR PRIMER

    Cerveja (sare-VAY-zha): beer; Garrafa (ga-HAHF-ah): bottle; Chopp (SHO-pee): draft beer; Mais uma!: I’ll have another!; Desce mais uma rodada: One more round; Saideira (sah-ee-DARE-a): One last round.
    One thing isn't right though... we prefer brahma then skol(she's too watered... europeans would laugh at it)
    ...

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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    I think that only Bob will be able to come, but I'll def take him to BH xD We'll so meet there, Moa!

    And I think that in one hand, gringos don't know much about BH, but brazilians in general love the place. It's a very big city, but with a country feeling, and we usually have a good time with friends there, since there are so many different bars where we sit, drink and chat. Plus, 'mineiros' are very welcoming and the their food is known everwhere in the country. Gotta love the place xD

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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    Not to give tooooo much hope in a hopeless kind of situation but hoping to make it there too.
    Last edited by Charlie; November 24, 2013 at 08:50 PM.


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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    Lemme know of news on that!

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    Yeah, I'm kinda like Charlie at this moment too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy View Post
    Yeah, I'm kinda like Charlie at this moment too!
    Bro - don't you live across the border or sth? I'm sure you can walk in or blend in with the locals...
    How can you be same to me??


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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    There's less money around here... and it's hard to get dollars dumbass >_>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy View Post
    There's less money around here... and it's hard to get dollars dumbass >_>
    Hmmmm - life is not always a parade c:


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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    I'd rly want you to come as well, Argie D:

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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    I tried to buy a ticket for every game in Belo Horizonte again.... But I only got England vs Costa Rica and Belgium vs Algeria
    better than nothing, but I wanted the playoffs matches more
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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMoa View Post
    I tried to buy a ticket for every game in Belo Horizonte again.... But I only got England vs Costa Rica and Belgium vs Algeria
    better than nothing, but I wanted the playoffs matches more
    Better than how we fared. .

    Hopefully Belgium will be entertaining to watch at least.

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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMoa View Post
    Well, I'll probably use this money with alcohol on the game days hahaha

    A friend of mine has an extra ticket for every game here in Belho Horizonte... she said that the would give it to me, but she changes her mind way too often, So I can't count on those tickets yet
    And as I expected she'll give the tickets to another friend of hers

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldb View Post
    Better than how we fared. .

    Hopefully Belgium will be entertaining to watch at least.
    You couldn't get any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farfalla View Post
    I think that only Bob will be able to come, but I'll def take him to BH xD We'll so meet there, Moa!

    And I think that in one hand, gringos don't know much about BH, but brazilians in general love the place. It's a very big city, but with a country feeling, and we usually have a good time with friends there, since there are so many different bars where we sit, drink and chat. Plus, 'mineiros' are very welcoming and the their food is known everwhere in the country. Gotta love the place xD
    What tickets did you get?
    ...

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    Re: The 2014 World Cup Meeting!

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMoa View Post
    You couldn't get any?
    Nope. We've been absolutely screwed around since Phase 1 applications. I think Nana mentioned being contacted for possible tickets by Fifa, but I'm not holding my breath on that. Anyway, it's not a life and death situation but it would've been brilliant to actually experience all of that.

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