Sunday, February 25, 2018

Three Etiquette Tips to Follow While in Brazil

A native of Brazil, Eva Lea Klein studied architectural design at Kafaat University and has worked extensively in the fashion and retail industries. Eva Lea Klein worked as a tailor for Banana Republic, where she designed custom clothing in addition to altering customers’ garments. Since retiring, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and traveling to New York City, Texas, and Brazil.

When traveling in Brazil, it’s helpful to be aware of its unique customs. Here are a three etiquette tips to follow while in Brazil.

1. Receive and offer friendly greetings. In Brazil, people often greet one another with a kiss or hug and typically touch each other by placing a hand on the other person’s arm or shoulder when speaking with them.

2. Accept that less interpersonal space is normal. In crowds, it is not unusual for Brazilians to maintain less space between each other than that to which many North Americans are accustomed.

3. Dress professionally in business settings. Although Brazilians, especially women, are known to wear bold, colorful, and sexy outfits, formal attire is the standard dress code for conducting business. Even when it’s hot out, men and women are expected to dress in full suits for business engagements. To gain access to shops and restaurants, smart, casual clothing is appropriate.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rio de Janeiro’s Surfer Friendly Arpoador Beach

Eva Lea Klein is a Boca Raton, Florida, resident originally from Brazil whose background includes helping to manage her family’s department store business. An avid traveler, Eva Lea Klein often visits locations such as Texas, New York, and Brazil. 

One of the highlights for visitors to Brazil seeking escape from the urban grid are the country’s abundant beaches along its 5,000 miles of coastline. In Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema is perhaps the most famous beach, although it can be crowded on weekends and in fine weather. 

Those seeking a less touristy experience can continue along the coast, past the turnoff to Copacabana, to explore Arpoador. This sand beach is a favorite with locals, with both body surfers and traditional surfers taking advantage of the currents and waves, and the oceanfront restaurant Azul Marinho offering tasty dining and local music. A short climb to the top of the headlands offers an outstanding view of the length of Ipanema and the iconic Dois Irmãos mountain.