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1. Posted by bpowers (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

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Hi, I will be moving from the States to Brasilia...anyone have any advice or experiences with the city?

2. Posted by ZooWalker (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Be careful with the politics!!
It´s good city. I´m hope e you like it.

Welcome to Brasil.

3. Posted by AgentCiamp (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Welcome to Brasilia

I am living in Brasilia for 4 months, it is very nice here .But like zoowalker said , becareful with the politicians, they are the gang leaders. Everything else is nice , you will love it. Any doubt PM me .

4. Posted by thespis (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

I LOVE BRASILIA!!! I lived there back in 1991, and I still want to find a way to return. I am from Rio, and people from here usually do not addapt there. But I wanted to calm down, and it worked perfectly. It is a great place if you just want to relax. If you want to meet people and have a lot of action, spend your weekends here in Rio - that´s what the politicians do... Don´t worry about the politicians. They can do a lot of harm to my country, but not to people living in BSB ( BSB is the airport code, and people from there refer to the city many times that way) . By the way, the police in BSB is usually trustworthy - they are said to be honest and competent.

The city was planned to become the capital city by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architects. They planned a city for 300,000 people, and now it is next to two million. The central part, called 'plano piloto' (shape of an airplane, near the big artificial lake) , kept the characteristics from the original planning - but not the so called 'satellite cities' around Brasilia, where the life conditions are not as good as inside the 'plano piloto'.

The city is divided in many sectors, accordingly to the destinations of its space. The central axis of the airplane is called 'eixo monumental', and it divides the city in South and North wings. Every wing is divided in big blocks with every facilities you will need. The big blocks are called Super Quadras , so SQN means Super Block North ans SQS means Super Block South. SQSs are usually older, and have the biggest and most expensive condos and best restaurants and shops. SQNs has about the same facilities, but it was usually considered 'far away' from everything by locals some years ago. Now it probably is much more developed.

In my opinion the end of the north wing is one of the best places where to live, mainly because you can find good condos or houses, and because it is next to Parque da Agua Mineral, a big park with one great swimmingpool filled with REALLY light mineral waters coming right from the fountain. Awesome specially early in the morning when there´s nobody there.

Of course the best places are the Mansions Sector or the Lake Sector, but not everyone will be able to afford it.

Brasilia´s air is very dry sometimes. It can be really bad for some people´s health.

Almost impossible to get by without a car. Big distances, not good public transportation (I don´t know about the subway nowadays, long time I don´t go there). On the other hand the traffic is great and there´s always place for parking. Except for rush hours, if you have a car and live in one of the wings you can usually leave home 15 minutes before your appointments anywhere in the 'plano piloto'.

Hope it helps.

5. Posted by bpowers (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Thanks for your help!

6. Posted by bpowers (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Anyone else have any experience with Brasilia?