Archive for April, 2010
The Brazilian authorities have recently adapted a new standard for plugs and sockets throughout the country. The good news is that, in the future, Brazil will have just the one type of socket. The bad news is that the authorities chose a new standard incompatible with the existing Brazilian sockets and with the standards of the rest of the world.
The new socket looks like the one on the image at the beginning of the entry. It has three round holes. Plugs with two round holes (like the ones found in some European countries) will work when inserted in the new sockets.
The new plug can have either two or three pins (for grounded plugs).
Those wanted to know more about the change can check the PDF published by Inmetro (in Portuguese only), that can be downloaded here: Conheça o padrão brasileiro de plugues e tomadas.
New domestic appliances purchased in Brazil must, by law, come with the new plug. But the change in sockets is likely to take a long time, as I can’t see anyone rushing to buy new sockets and change the entire electrical instalation at home or at the office.
Torrential rain over the state of Paraná has meant a sharp increase in the volume of water carried by the Iguazu river. This has forced the Argentinian authorities to close the walkway leading to the Devil’s Throat.
If you have a look at the link we explained at Enough water at the Iguazu falls? you will see that the volume of water reached unbelievable 11,400 m3 per second when the average is 1,200 m3 per second. More than ten times the average volume of water! A Brazilian website published yesterday a photograph showing the awesome volume of water going down the falls on the Brazilian side.
Forecasters are expecting rain will ease over the coming few days.
We hadn’t visited a restaurant for a while here at the blog. Today we are presenting a 100% off-the-beaten track food experience we had during our trip to Manaus.
We learned about the peixaria do Jokka Loureiro on a blog review (you’ll be pushed hard to find a mention to it on a printed guide, whether in English or in Portuguese) and thrilled with what we read we headed to the fish restaurant, in the São Raimundo neighbourhood, Manaus west (exact location of the restaurant on Google Maps).
The restaurant is at the end of a cul-de-sac. You ring the bell and someone will open the gate for you. The interior of the restaurant couldn’t possibly be more spartan: chairs and tables and hardly anything else. Well, not entirely true, from the height of the restaurant you enjoy a fantastic view of the river Negro which by itself would be a good enough reason to go as far as the São Raimundo neighbourhood.
In Manaus, do as the locals. We went to Jokka Loureiro to feast on some Amazon fish. There is no printed menu, and the options available are truly basic: tambaqui, pirarucú or tucunaré, the finest of the Amazon fish. We had heard of the awesome costillas de tambaqui (tambaqui ribs) and that was what we ordered.
Along with the fish we had some beer and rounded up the meal with dessert. The final bill for 2 reached R$55.
Jokka Loureiro is on Rua São José, 9. The safest and less stressful way of getting there is a cab. Approximately R$20 from the centre of Manaus. The restaurant only opens for lunch, from 11:30 to 15:30, Monday to Saturday. It seemed really popular with the locals.
We’re less than two months away from the opening game of the South Africa Soccer World Cup 2010. Before that, on 11 May, Dunga, the Brazilian coach, will announce to the nation the long-awaited list of players who will represent Brazil in the competition.
The matches Brazil will play at the group stage are:
15 de junio: Brazil – North Korea
20 de junio: Brazil – Ivory Coast
25 de junio: Brazil – Portugal
If Brazil makes it first of the group it will play its next game on 28 June. If it only makes it second it will play on 29 June.
Nothing beats attending a football match among a Brazilian crowd so if you have the chance make sure there is a TV set nearby.
I’ll leave you with the ad launched recently by Skol (Brazilian beer), making fun of Argentina –a classic on the eve of a major sporting competition. In the commercial, Argentinians magically become the fondest fans of Brazilian football after being in contact with Skol beer.
Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, is 50 years old this week. To celebrate it we have produced a photobook we are sharing with you now. We invite you to visit an exciting city that made it to the top 10 of our Brazilian destination list this year (10 must-see places in Brazil).
You can read the book on the following window:
Our destination card for Brasilia is destination: Brasilia