Paradise!!! Fo sho!!!

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Paraiba,
Friday, November 13, 2009

Im gonna sart off with the word WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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. All the streets are lined with palm trees and yes, we are living 10 feet from the beach and watch the sunset and the beautiful sunrise. Being in this part of the world the moon is crystal clear, you feel like you can reach out and touch it. Also since this is not a large town there is no air pollution, so that makes the moon even clearer.

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. You talk about HAPPY! Anybody who knows me, knows that music is where my heart is. So that was the icing on the cake after I found the music that I dig.
 
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!

Vaughn


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Dave on

If you want to know more about Joao Pessoa visit www.paraibaparadise.com
it has everything you need to know to enjoy your stay.

Dave on

Hey I just looked at the photos and realised it is you Vaughn, I was to busy trying to plug my web site LOL

I was at Vaughn's party and we all had a good time, we will treat him to what it is like to watch a football match when England are playing tomorrow and as England are playing Brazil it will be a good party and if he remembers any of it it didn't enjoy himself enough.

I've got my eyes on this blog, maybe it should be on the site, we can talk about it tomorrow, I know we will forget by the end of the night, but I'm sure we'll remember at some point.

I'm glad you are enjoying your time here and we are all enjoying your company.

vaughnyb
vaughnyb on

Ha, ha plug away your site! Joaon Pessoa is a great place to be.

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