Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Livia, 31
Marketing analyst
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a marketing analyst at one of Brazil's top app developers. The company develops apps and websites for listening to music, finding lyrics and learning how to play an instrument. I do it because besides music being my life, I'm very creative, and innovative. I have a bachelor's degree in communication and a post graduate in digital marketing and social media. I love visual arts, design and photography as well.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Destiny’s Child - Survivor, Alanis Morisette - You Oughta Know, Adele - rolling in the deep, Gotye - Somebody that I used to know, Natalie Imbruglia - Torn, Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine, Cee Lo Green - Forget You, Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself, Beyonce - Irreplaceable

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends, How I met your mother, Girls, The Simpsons, The Big bang Theory, Modern Family, That 70's show,

Name some spots in Belo Horizonte that are good for a Tinder date.

Meet me at the yard, Amadoria, Jângal, Protótipo, Arcângelo

Who’s your hero and where in Belo Horizonte would you take them out for a serious hang?

Paul Mc Cartney. I would take him to Camaraderia, a nice vegan restaurant with a nice ambiance and great food.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Brazilian stores called Farm, Dress To, and some other stores where I like to search and find some nice, different and interesting stuff.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Venda Nova

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Riding a bike.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Belo Horizonte and where did you get it?

Theres a street fair every sunday here in Belo Horizonte and it's possible to find many different types of food around there. I had a very extreme "acarajé" there, which is a typical dish from another Brasilian state, full of pepper, spice,s

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Belo Horizonte that you particularly like?

Der Famous, a tiny spot which serves great sandwiches, with special breads, german sausages and fine beer.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Belo Horizonte? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Vechio Sogno, one of the most traditional fancy and expensive restaurants in town. It serves italian food, and A dish costs about 90 bucks in Brazilian reais there. I got a special sirloin steak with a blue cheese pasta.

What restaurant in Belo Horizonte looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

A simple familiar restaurant called "Restaurante do Divino", in "Floresta" neighborhood. It serves the best homemade brazilian food ever!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Belo Horizonte? Which one do you like?

A bar called "Meet Me". The cocktail Nashi is a great combination of Sicilian lemon and sake.

Where would you take your partner in Belo Horizonte if you wanted to really pamper them?

Cabernet Butiquim. It's a really cozy place and it serves great food, awesome appetizers and great wine.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Coxinha, empadinha, pão de queijo, brigadeiro. I recommend all of them! They're all amazing!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Belo Horizonte?

Eddie Fine burgers. It's expensive, and I've tasted better and cheaper burgers.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Belo Horizonte?

Edifício Maleta. Some people would say its not a nice place because its located downtown, but its such a nice building with great places and many options to chose, from vegan places, to burgers and drinks.

What are the Belo Horizonte spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Praça da Liberdade, Lagoa da Pampulha, Praça do Papa.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Belo Horizonte. How do you spend it?

I'd try to make the most out of the day. In the morning, I would take a walk in the central market, have some nice coffee and "cheese bread", the most typical snack around here. The market has tons of sweets, cheese, spices, fruits and vegetables, souvenirs and handcrafts. One could easily spend hours there. Then, I would have lunch at "Cantina do Lucas", one of the most traditional places where it's possible to find great Brazilian and some Italian dishes as well. In the afternoon, a walk thought the museums around the "Praça da Liberdade" circuit. The "Memorial Minas Vale"museum tells so nicely the story of our state. Maybe I'd grab some

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I don't have a specific favorite vacation city. I thought hard but it's really difficult to answer this question, because every city I have visited has its own beauty and particularities. I really enjoy traveling and discovering what a city has to offer, and from a small town to a big city, it's possible to have a great time. I have visited really small towns in argentina and big cities in Europe and each of them has offered me different experiences. I can mention some cities I really enjoyed. Buenos Aires - Argentina, Amsterdam -The Netherlands, São Paulo - Brazil, Carmel - USA, Münster - Germany.

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