Brasilia, Brazil
Raquel, 30
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a bachelor in Communication and postgraduate study in Communication in Crises in Public and Private Organizations. I have a marketing and advertising agency. And my hobby is writing for my blog Meu Mundo Zen.

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

I'll try to listen to lively songs.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I like Canal Off, this channel has several programs that I like a lot and all involve sports and travel.

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

The Pontão do Lago Sul is a great place for a date, during the day and night as well. Located on the edge of the lake, the sunset there is incredible and has many restaurants.

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

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I usually buy my clothes at the Farm Rio store at Park Shopping and in other stores of there. In the store Lolita Vaidosa that is in the 05 Street of the Vicente Pires.

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

I don't consider Brasília a very violent city, I believe that you need to be cautious like anywhere else. I walk through almost every neighborhood and I'm still alive, lol

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

I love watching the Symphony Orchestra of Brasília in the theater, always has concerts on Tuesdays, but lately I'm without time to go, however, is something that I love doing.

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

The food at the Mangaii is one of the best they have in Brasilia. Mangaii is a restaurant of typical food of the northeast of Brazil and it is a huge restaurant in the border of Lake Paraoná overlooking the JK Bridge.

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

Carcassonne Pub is a bar with rustic furniture. In their menu you will find special beers, Mediterranean foods, vegan options and in addition to a super different decoration they also offer more than 100 board games, cards and dice.

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?

Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada is a hotel located on the shores of Lake Paranoá and next to the presidential house. I usually go there to do a massage at the SPA which is NUWA and the hot stone massage for me is one of the best. Hot stone massage 50 minutes for R$ 197,00. The hotel is offered starting at R$ 280 with breakfast.

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

The only place that comes in my head is Moisés in 208 Asa Sul it's an Arabian food restaurant and it is not my favorite, but although it seems like a lousy place you can risk going there and being a little surprised.

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

For sure Mercadito located at 202 Asa Sul is a great place to find good cocktails with alcohol and without pleasing so everyone.

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

Surely I would take him to the NUWA spa and then go out for dinner maybe at the Oliver restaurant.

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

If you come to Brazil, you really need to prove that Brigadier is a sweet candy. And you should also try Coxinha, Feijoada, Pão de Queijo e Quindim. But I think the most interesting in Brazil is the diversity of fruits, so, instead of just trying the snacks, you should try to taste the various fruits that we have.

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

Brasilia is an expensive city, maybe the price of things here pay a little attention to people. Many restaurants and also the entertainment such as concerts, parties and ballads are usually more expensive than in other Brazilian cities.

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

The satellite cities that are the neighborhoods that are around the Plano Piloto, people usually underestimate these neighborhoods, but you can find many good options of fun as in the Aguas Claras Neighborhood.

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

If you come to Brasilia for the first time, I'll let you know the tourist attractions, because it has an amazing architecture and a very historic concept. You can also not go to the restaurant Managai that has a great Northeastern food with a view to Lake Paranoá. And also to know some cities that are close to Brasília and that has a unique nature, like Pirenópolis and Chapada dos Veadeiros surely you will be surprised in a wonderful way.

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

I would take advantage of spending the day at Katanka which is a surf club that sits inside the Clube das Nações next to the golf club. So I would do Stand Up Paddle in the morning, I would spend some time there enjoying the place, then I would have lunch at Mormaii on the Pontão do Lago Sul and take advantage of the afternoon at the Ermida of Don Bosco, which is one of the most fantastic places to do the sunset and practice a bit of esrpote like skateboard, longboard and slackline. And at night I would listen to music in some pub in the city, like the Velvet or the O'rilley Irish Pub.

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

Florianópolis is an island in the south of Brazil and it is a unique place, everyone usually says that there is the island of magic and surely I agree with that. A beautiful place, many incredible beaches, very sociable people, great restaurants, many leisure options and many places for different sports practices.

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