Brasilia, Brazil
Josiana, 56
Architect Urbanist
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in the local gouvernment as an architect urbanist. At this time I work with the Brasilia's heritage site. I love my work and it's a great way to learn more about my city and to meat interesting people.

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

Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Marisa Monte, Amy Winehouse and Adelle.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I don't watch much TV... But I like shows about trips, nature, architecture and history...

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

I love fondue and there's a restaurant named Chez Fondue... There are some other ones I would recommend...

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

So many heroes... Maybe I could think about Jane Jacobs... I would like to take her for a bike ride in the Brasilia's superblocks...

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Well, I'm too fat this time, but I love some clothes from "Le Lis Blanc", Rudge (from Rio de Janeiro),

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

Feira dos Importados

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

Go to the interesting shops...

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

I realy can't think about it. Here you can taste peruvian food, chinese, japanese and even taylandese food. I love everything. But you can taste a really authentic food, specially from "Pará" state in the "Quituarte".

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

It's not really hidden, but I always left the "Clube do Choro" stunned with their great selection of musicians. The snacks and beer are amazing. There´s another palce I love to go for dancing the "forro"; It's Spilicute, a party that runs every friday night at "Clube Cota Mil".

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

The most expensive I ever went is "Lemoncello". Great italian food. You can think about R$120,00 per person.

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

I like a restaurante (Coisas da Terra) in the center area (Setor Comercial Sul) that serves food and you pay for the height of your plate. I like very much the food. It´s simple, but has many choices...

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

I'm not a real cocktail drinker, but I like the Margueritas from "El Paso Texas".

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

After biking, we could see a sunset at Paranoa Lake.

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

"Bolinho de mandioca com carne seca"

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

Theather, when shows came from other cities...

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

Things are expensive in Brasília, but you can eat hot dogs at nighet near the entrance of the superblocks...

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

Itamaraty Palace is one "Must", along with the Cathedral and the Congress. Also the Niemeyer's "Igrejinha" and the south superblock 308.

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

Walking or biking through the walkways besides the superblocks in the South Wing...

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

Paris makes me instantly happy, but Peru has touched my heart... In Brasil I love Rio, the notheast beaches, specially Maceió and the historic cities of Minas Gerias State.

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