Natal Brazil

Information about the city of Natal, in Brazil.

Monday, December 25, 2006

A reminding to all: Natal is a city in a Third World country

I lived in London for a few months.
Only once did I have the chance to see a British policeman lose his temper: a driver had stopped his car in a forbidden place (middle of street), for a brief time, just to pick up a packet in a shop; the policeman *yelled* at him, not as much because of the infraction, but more so because he was blocking several other cars which were after him; the infractor moved on, right away.
This showed me how much repulse the British in particular, and socially developed countries in general, have for people who act in an anti-social way: knowing they are doing something wrong, but doing it anyway. Civilized people don't need laws to know what is right and wrong, and act accordingly.

Well, it's 2:45 am in Natal, December 25th.
Someone is throwing a party, and the sound is so loud that the entire neighbourhood (in Capim Macio, near Ponta Negra) is obliged to listen to it. Something which would be unthinkable in Western Europe.

In London, Stockholm, Helsinki, Barcelona, Lisbon (btw, all cities that I had the pleasure to visit), the police would take less than ten minutes to shut down the party.
In Natal, the Police number is 190. They say that they won't do anything, though; one must call the environment protection agency, or something similar. The police is kind enough to pass the phone number, but guess what: nobody answers the phone there.

This post is a ranting and a reminding.
This entire site is an attempt to show that Natal is an excellent place to visit.
However, people coming from North America and Europe may be shocked to learn in practice that Natal is a city in the Third World, and that some basic rules of civility taken for granted at their home country simply do not apply here.

5 Comments:

Blogger jony said...

Let me remind you of your civilized world my dear !!!I was in England for 4 bloody days. In the train from the airport there was man passed out in the floor with a young man kicking his face with blood all over while my wife and I watched in terror and disbelieve...Got to a 4 star down town hotel at night to learn that our reserved room was given to someone else by mistake and sent to a bread and breakfast with one common bathroom and no shower at the end of the corridor...finally got to a restaurant at 10:00 PM. and a group of 10 or so young fellows had done their trick again by standing up and running out without paying and getting on a moving bus living the waitresses behind shouting!! We then learned that it was a common occurrence...Next day in Victoria station got some lunch at the KFC to find out that they had forgotten to” COMPLETELY "cook the dam chicken!!?? With blood coming out of it!! Got in the train to visit my niece and nephew and they were doing repairs in the tracks so we all in the rain and cold were forced to move into a old double decker with horrible smell of diesel inside and foggy windows to continue our trip. So your civilized world is just a figment of you disturbed imagination... enjoy Brazil before you go back to the "civilized" world that you already forgot!!
Sincerely,
J.C.

12:10 AM  
Blogger jony said...

Sorry but two more things!!!
a) Walking back to the bread and breakfast a car slows down and stop and the chauffer gets out and open the back door where two teenagers girls rolls out of it fist fighting each other and pulling hairs calling immediate attention of exited expectators shouting words of encouragement!!!
b) In the way back from Tenerife via London, same hotel, they again mixed up our room and gave us something less than desirable with broken water faucet.

Sincerely,
J.C.

12:33 AM  
Blogger MilaEstevam said...

I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience in London Johnny. I am from Brazil, and have been living in London for 5 years now, and really don't think there's any comparison in between the british police response and Brazilian police. I had neighbors from hell once(Nigerians) and had to call the police to stop the fights and the music on the street late night. As the colleague above has said, they were there in 10 min. And that is a good thing. Brazil is a wonderful country in many ways, but the citizens still have a lot to complain about!
I have nothing to complain about england as a British citizen.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Renata said...

Dear Issamu,



I am afraid you have made a very unfair comparison between London and Natal in the North East of Brazil! Yes, we maybe be third world country, but we are so very proud to be Brazilians, oh yes.

I have lived between Natal and England half of my life and can say that we are a very different culture all together and I respect that in many ways and have wonderful time with my neighbours here in UK and in Brazil…but there are good and bad people all over the world. Like in your home country that you withheld the information.

I am sure you must have been very welcome by the warm and friendly people in Nata and had you been invited for the party on “Christmas Day” you are complaining about…you would have had a brilliant time with the shining happy people there…I can guarantee you.

There is an old say: Live in Roma like the Roman’s does!



M.Parker

PS: I am also a British Citizen

9:08 AM  
Blogger Mari said...

Dear Issamu,



I am afraid you have made a very unfair comparison between London and Natal in the North East of Brazil! Yes, we maybe be third world country, but we are so very proud to be Brazilians, oh yes.

I have lived between Natal and England half of my life and can say that we are a very different culture all together and I respect that in many ways and have wonderful time with my neighbours here in UK and in Brazil…but there are good and bad people all over the world. Like in your home country that you withheld the information.

I am sure you must have been very welcome by the warm and friendly people in Nata and had you been invited for the party on “Christmas Day” you are complaining about…you would have had a brilliant time with the shining happy people there…I can guarantee you.

There is an old say: Live in Roma like the Roman’s does!



M.Parker

PS: I am also a British Citizen

5:25 PM  

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