Archive for July, 2008

New flights to/from Australia

New flights to/from Australia

Although there are no direct flights between Brazil and Australia, the agreement that contemplates the maximum number of flights allowed between the two countries per week has been revised and the number has gone up from 7 to 14. The agreement allows for flights with stopovers.

LAN has announced a new three-times a week flight São Paulo – Sydney with a stopover in Buenos Aires. Operation starts on 24 November. LAN will fly the São Paulo – Buenos Aires leg. Quantas will fly the Buenos Aires – Sydney leg.

Vía: Aquela Passagem!

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July 31, 2008 | By More
Top 10 music: Davi Moraes

Top 10 music: Davi Moraes

This is the 3rd of ten entries entries presenting videos from the artists I wrote about at Top 10: Brazilian music (B-sides). I am following the alphabetical order I used on that entry.

The third artist on the list is Davi Moraes. He never hits the top of the charts and for that reason it is quite difficult to find decent video material of him. I have selected a video where he plays the guitar next to Marina de la Riva, and a live performance.

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July 30, 2008 | By More
the São Paulo subway system

the São Paulo subway system

The São Paulo subway system (the metrô), although minute, takes you to a large number of points of interest in the city. It used to be fast, safe and clean. There are three main lines and a fourth line not connected to the rest of the network.

On the metrô’s website there is section where you can have a look at the network map. If you want to download a PDF file with the map, click here.

The map contains lines that haven’t been built yet and lines that belong to the suburban railway system. The three subway lines of interest to tourists are:

  • línea 1, also known as línea azul (blue line). From north to south, it goes through the Terminal Tietê (São Paulo’s main bus station), the Pinacoteca, the estação da Luz, the centro, the Liberdade neighbourhood, the Paraíso neighbourhood and as far as the terminal Jabaquara (bus station) on the southernmost tip of the line.
  • la línea 2, or línea verde (green line). It links the Avenida Paulista area with the Vila Madalena district.
  • la línea 3, or línea vermelha (red line). It goes from the centre of the city to the gigantic east region of São Paulo.

Línea 4, or línea amarela (yellow line) is being built at the moment, at an astonishing speed of 1 km per year. It will link the center of São Paulo with the Vila Sônia district, running in front of the São Paulo University (USP) and the Instituto Butantã.

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July 28, 2008 | By More
Penguins in Brazil

Penguins in Brazil

During the subtropical winter, penguins appear along the Brazilian on a regular basis. There is hardly anything unusual about a penguin found along the coast of São Paulo, for instance. From the border with Uruguay up to the state of Rio de Janeiro, Magellanic penguins are spotted on a regular basis.

Pingüino de Magallanes / Magellanic Penguin

The incredibly unusual fact widely reported by the media this year is the appearance of penguins in far away places as Salvador. On a single weekend, 25 penguins were rescued in the Salvador area. Penguins in Bahia are a very rare occurrence.

Most of the penguins found are chicks. They come from the Argentinian Patagonia and migrate to the south of Brazil in their search for food. Scientists believe that due to global warming and the melting of the poles the Malvinas current is stronger and taking the penguins farther north than ever before.

Pingüino de Magallanes / Magellanic Penguin

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July 25, 2008 | By More
Air China no longer flying Madrid – São Paulo

Air China no longer flying Madrid – São Paulo

Chinese airline Air China will stop flying from Madrid to São Paulo on 14 September. Higher fuel costs is the reason being argued for the interruption of the service. On its announcement the airline states it intends to fly that route again in 2009 – whether that will be the case it remains to be seen.

Anyone with Air China tickets in their hands is urged to get in touch with the company asap.

Vía: Panrotas

July 24, 2008 | By More