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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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Brazilians have great manners until they get to Disney World, Epicot, or Busch Gardens.......they run amok in those parks exhibiting boorish behavior. They even have signs at Busch Gardens telling the Brazilians, in Portugese, to chill out or whatever. They're easy to identify as they always wear colored T-shirts, and 20 of them push you out of the way, and cut in front of you in line. This is in stark contrast to the times I was in Rio. The Brazilians I met there, without exception, had perfect manners.



Tourists can be the same the world over. I've seen French, Dutch, Italians etc. running riot in UK theme parks. US tourists tend to shout a lot, act naively, and talk banal crap, although I assume the more sensible tourists know better and aren't spotted.

Here in Florida, tourists outnumber the residents by 2-1 for at least 8 months of the year. That's not including the seasonal residents who have winter homes and condos here. Right now is the peak of the season, and traffic is clogged, and it takes an hour to get seated at a decent restaurant. It really sucks here.



I can imagine FL must be the tourism state. And I make no apologies for adding to the weight in April ;-)

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