Curitiba, Brazil
Alexandre, 36
English Teacher
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am an English teacher. I basically teach English to brazilian kids and teenagers. I do it because I love the language and I have always wanted to work with English.

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

Radiohead, for sure. And then...some Björk, and I guess...Travis.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I am all about cartoons, so I'd say: Futurama, American Dad, Family Guy, South Park, The Simpsons. But...I do like Friends, Bones and Black Mirror.

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

Juke Bar, +55, Barbarium, Shopping Hauer and obviously parks, if you're into nature: Parque Barigui and Parcão.

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

Hulk. And I would take him to Vicente Machado, which is a street full of bars and pubs. I am afraid he would smash it all, though.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I tend to look for inexpensive by stylish clothes at Renner. Sometimes I like to shop at Schooner or Zara.

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

Anywhere around Batel is pretty safe. I live in the neighborhood.

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

Enjoy the mornings. I don't do it because I work but would love to wander around on foot on a sunny day.

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

Oh God! Really? I love that kind of food, haha! I would say...pastel. It's a typical brazilian snack. You can get it at any open market in the city.

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

Not really hidden, but Choripan is a nice place for people to hang.

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

Zapata. It's a mexican bar. I paid around 80 Reais for the food + drink. The Nachos were good, btw.

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

I am sorry to say this, but it's the actual name of the place: Whatafuck

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

I am a beer guy. I suggest Juke Bar. The prices are great.

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

To some barbecue place. Brazilian churrasco is quite famous.

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

Coxinha, Pastel, Pão de Queijo and Brigadeiro. I recommend them all. Haha.

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

The malls. People love going to the mall and I don't see the point.

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

Praça do Japão. It is such a beautiful place but the absence of lightning makes it dangerous at night.

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

Opera de Arame, Museu do Olho, Parque Barigui e Jardim Botânico.

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

I will invite my friends to go dancing with me, to a night club.

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

Anywhere in the Caribbean. The weather is great, the sea is crystal-like and the people are so nice.

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