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Brazilians generally have great manners.

I arrived at the apartment building earlier, approached the lift, and two teenage girls were getting in. One held the door open for me *before* getting in herself, both wished me a good afternoon, and both said goodbye when they got out. This isn`t unusual either, as people often say good morning/afternoon/evening and goodbye when getting in and out of lifts, in buildings etc. In the UK you`d be lucky to get a word, and when I lived in Switzerland you`d be lucky to be even acknowledged.

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Well I guess this is part friendliness also, but for teenagers to open a door and greet someone... well, that was stunning :-)

And as for queues, don't Brazilians spend most of their lives in queues? It certainly seems that way :-)

Where I was, they all stood around in large blobs. Cutting into the line (if there was one) was also popular.

Some of the queue cutting techniques for the recent U2 tickets were quite innovative, such as fake broken legs, fake pregnancies etc.

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