Originally Posted by Michelle Leigh
I really want to move closer to the equator and live there for a while. Any books about living there? Blogs? I'm assuming Internet is no problem? How hard is it to get a home constructed? or to find a violin teacher or piano teacher? Do you know anything about schools? I don't know much about growing trees or producing cashews, but it seems like a fun livelihood... or other types of farming to consider? what grows wild there that could be harvested? anybody export to the U.S. or anywhere else?
Surely someone knows something about living in Brazil. I think I'd love it.
Is all the water piped in? Or is there sufficient rainfall? Could we do natural tree farming pretty easily? I'm going to head over to youtube to see if I can see some Brazil videos. : )
Wow ... a lot of questions here ! I will try my best to answer some of them. Brazil is a LOVELY place to live. I have been here for 2 years now and enjoy every moment. Now I live in a small beach village in the northeast .. a bit of a tourist destination and I teach english, so I dont know much about the whole farming thing ... I do know that harvesting cashews is EXTREMELY hard work and a long process ... we have many cashew trees here ... but because of the strong acid inside the shell of the cashew (which burns the skin)
.. they must be burnt off .. which is a bit of a process... but can be done, of course. About people importing .. well of course there has to be but I dont know where or the laws, rules, how hard .. etc of it ... no experience in that !! I know there is a multitude of things to harvest here .. many exotic fruits ... but dont know much about it. Books and blogs ... not soo sure as well .. haven't come across any but I can recommend a MUST read book all about Brasil, the people, culture, history etc .. its called The Brazilians by Joseph A. Page .. wonderful, wonderful book .. specially if you are going to live here .. a bit heavy on the history at times but really allows you to understand this land and why things/people are the way they are. Internet is not a problem here .. that is .. all depending where you live as well .. if you are in the middle of the forest or farm .. you may not be able to access internet. As far as constructing a home here .. well my husband is in real estate and deals with this on a daily basis .. there are some loop holes to jump through and can be difficult .. but it all depends on what type of house you would like and where you are planning on building .. for the most part its not soo difficult .. to buy land here .. you must have a Brazilian partner (power of attorney) in order to do it. In this case you can hire one .. that you trust .. and continue from there .. I could go on forever on this topic and I have a lot of info about it .. but will not make this post much longer .. if you have specific questions .. you can pm me or leave a message on this board. Violin or piano teacher .. well where i live .. impossible .. I think you will find that mostly near major cities .. it will pose a problem in the country thats for sure. Schools .. I am now just about to give birth to my first child so dont have any personal experience .. but have friends who have kids .. the schools are much better in the cities .. private of course and in the more rural areas not soo good ... also kids only attend half days of school here unless at a private school. Where I live there is sufficient rainfall for the most part .. but we also have well water pumped up from the earth .. its just fine .. no problems with that.
This post is much longer than I intended it to be now
Hope this helps you a bit .. let me know if you have any other questions .. really you just need to narrow down what area of Brasil .. its sooo big and then start your research .. its sooo diverse all over the country .. with different areas offering different climates, people, jobs etc ....
Good Luck !