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ENTERVIEW WITH THE PLAYER DIEGO COSTA OLIVEIRA FROM FC UFA, RUSSIA

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

It was a great pleasure interviewed the football player Diego Carlos Oliveira from FC Ufa. He received me at his home in the center of city in Russia. The interview during 50 minutes divided in three parts. The first two blocks were about his football life story: how to play in the first division of Russian Premier League, difficulties with language, Brazilian Selection and others. The interview also included the participation of Diego’s wife, Flávia Costa. I want to thank Diego Carlos for the opportunity to give this interview. I recommend watch the three videos to discover about the behind the scenes of Russian Premier League: playing with temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and running in the field full of snow.

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TRAINING DAY FROM FC UFA FOOTABLL TEAM

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Two days ago the Giramundos had the opportunity to watch the first training from FC Ufa in the new Stadium Neftyanik. The invitation came from the player Diego Carlos Oliveira from FC Ufa that gave me unforgettable moments. I could walk in the bleachers, field, athletics track and even I played a little bit soccer with three boys from the senior category of club. The training served as preparation for the next match between Ufa x Zenit. The match will mark the inauguration of Neftyanik Stadium. According to the local press, the President Rustem Khamitov of Bashkortostan Republic will have to spend…

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about RUB 1 billion rubles, USD300 thousand dollars per season to keep the club in the first division of Russian Premier League. I said to Diego the training it was really nice, because I have talk to the players, took pictures and watched them training so close. I am passionate about football, I wanted to wear a boot and ask to the coach if I could train also. The atmosphere of a football stadium is vibrant. The field, the smell of grass, cones from the physical training, the gate, the network, the training before the games and soccer friends. Everything that surrounds from football makes my heart beat faster.

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THE NEW NEFTYANIK STADIUM FROM FC UFA

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

The new Ufa Football Stadium is ready. Now the team can receive games of Russian Premier League at home. The President of Bashkortostan Republic, Rustem Khamitov invested RUB950 million of rubles, USD250 thousand in the reconstruction of the old stadium that existed since 1967. The new Neftyanik Stadium is beautiful, looks like a small modern arena with capacity for 16.000 seated fans. Because of the hard winter in Russia the stadium has artificial turf. The vest rooms for the players, the press room and a small dining hall were built in the main entrance of stadium. The new arena is located near the Victory Park with easy access for future fans from Ufa and opponents, by the way, the stadium will receive in the first game a very noisy crowd fans. The opening of new Neftyanik Stadium will be next Sunday, 09/08/15 against Zenit, the current Russian champion. The…

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Brazilian players Hulk from Zenit and Diego Carlos Oliveira from Ufa are already confirmed. There were 16 thousand tickets sold out on the first day of sale, “the pot will boil for Zenit”! In addition to football, the new Arena Neftyanik will receive athletics competitions in the track constructed around the field. The city of Ufa also expects to receive one of the selections for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Ufa filed a petition in the FIFA relying that the city already has adequate infrastructure for the event: a new international airport, paving throughout the city, excellent hotels with Hilton, Sheraton, Hampton, Holiday inn; restaurants, bars, shopping malls and the new Stadium Neftyanik. Ufa is also very good located within 200 kilometers from the stadiums will host the games of the World Cup. Ufa is only two hours flight from the capital Moscow where will be the grand finale.

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MSC EXCURSIONS: DREAM TEAM OF FIFA WORLD CUP 2014

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

MSC EXCURSIONS: When the Italian company MSC Cruises has announced that one of twelve ships of the fleet had been chartered to follow the Mexican football games in the World Cup in Brazil, all the Shore Excursion department asked the same question: How do I be in this team? The answer everyone already knew. It was not a matter of competence, but lucky to be one of the chosen. Most of MSC Tour Escorts are experienced and were the height to cover the World Cup. In a MSC fleet there more less 120 tour escorts, but only 10 would be chosen. The candidate had to fit a few requirements: speak Spanish well, have a USA visa, know the tours in Brazil and be good seller. When I received the statement that I was hired I became very happy. I start to imagine how it would escort passengers to the stadium, and have a lucky to watch maybe one match. I started to prepare myself, I left my…

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Spanish very well. I studied more about the tours in Brazil. I was one of the last to get the MSC Divina and join the team. I am honored to publish here the top ten names of Tour Escorts chosen. Italian: Barbara Cariddi, Ilenia Lubrano and Melissa del Cinque; Mexican: Marc Rousselle Lujan, Carlos Bonilla and Ilse Saldaña; Brazilian: Toni Bahia, Robson Sales, Lincoln Santos and Marcos Garcia. The French Selma Bozkirac was the Tour Manager. During the event we had also the support of Marco Cardoso, the Brazilian Shorex Manager. This team was very good, we got all targets. Besides the lucky outing, all departments were happy to participate in such important event as FIFA World Cup. Thanks MSC Divina to make me been in beautiful places in Brazil, to work with VIP passengers and brought home a unique and unforgettable experience to be in the FIFA World Cup in my country.

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MSC EXCURSIONS: TO VISIT A MONASTERY IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

MSC EXCURSIONS: Without any doubt, the most interesting tour in Trinidad and Tobago is to visit the Monastery from Port of Spain. The town did not call my attention. The impression I had of the city Port of Spain was poor. The social inequality is visible in the city center, the rich driving big cars while the rest of the population asks some coins. The sightseeing passed in front of some old churches, old palaces and town hall. The first stop was at the Botanical Garden. Close to the garden our guide showed us the big house palace where the President works and lives. After take some pictures we took the road towards the monastery. We spent half an hour driving to arrive. Its hard do not sleep on the bus. The Monastery’s manager…

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greeted us as hosts. He was very friendly and he showed us the rooms of the monastery and served us a snack. He invited us to visit the church which is next to the monastery and giving access to the souvenir store. The store is funding to help cover the costs of the monks and staff. The manager told us that during long time there was anyone interested to be cloistered in the monastery. The initiative is to transform boys without prospect of life in good citizens. He said the work is so hard. It’s difficult to find boys willing to follow silent living style for religious purposes. The monastery also hosts tourists wishing to spend a time to receive the purification faraway from family, friends and job. The tour started at 09:00 and finished at 14:30.

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Photo: Giramundostravel.com – (The church and Monastery in Trinidad e Tobago)

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MSC EXCURSIONS: COYABA BEACH ON YOUR OWN IN GRENADA

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

MSC EXCURSIONS: How I love Caribbean. The beaches are the most beautiful in the world, the people are humble and friendly, there is sun all year, nature is lush and the energy flowing in the air is indescribable. Was visiting Grenada I fell in love Caribbean. It was also the first time I saw the Tour Operator getting slipper, (laughing). The excursion on your own for Coyaba Beach in St. George is undoubtedly the “shadow style and fresh water”. I would like to stay this beach for six months. I’ve never seen a sea so turquoise blue as Coyaba Beach. The water temperature is warm, after you enter does not want to leave. The port is about…

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20 minutes driving to the beach. At the entrance the tourists are covered by native waiters who work in the restaurants close the sea. There are many local foods: fish fried, rice, salad, French fries, soda or juice. A meal cost for me USD4.00. The excursions that passengers are on their own without the local guide, those are the best for the Tour Escort enjoy, eat, relax and take photos. I love to work in the excursions in the Caribbean beaches. Thanks the Tour Manager Selma chosen me to work in this tour. The tour started at 09:00 and finished at 14:00. Some passengers opted to stay on the beach and come back by taxi on their own.

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MSC EXCURSIONS: ZIPLINE IN BARBADOS WITH AERIAL TREK

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

MSC EXCURSIONS: The MSC Divina docked at 08:00 in the port of Bridgetown in Barbados. We were making the crossing from Miami to Rio de Janeiro. That morning there were many passengers on excursion. I was scheduled to work on the Zipline Tour. We left the harbor by van with seven passengers, driver and Tour Escort, me. It was about twenty minutes to get St. Thomas, where is located the forest where is the plantation of native trees. We were taken to the Aerial Trek headquarters to receive the first instructions and sign a waiver booking form. The instructors explained how the equipment works to use the Zipline. The length of path is almost one thousand meters. There are eight platforms with different levels of height and difficulty. The trees are very high, there are platforms…

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over 60 meters high. The guides work with a security system that keeps tourists always attached to the cables. The sport integration and nature is amazing. There were times I saw many monkeys on the trees and I hear birds singing. Another thing I loved was to breathe the clear air of Mother Nature. From the top of the trees I enjoyed a beautiful view of the forest. The passengers had a great time and were satisfied. There was an American lady over 70 years did the Zipline very well. We completed the path of Zipline in two hours. In the end the guides offered soft drinks for us. The only thing I did not like was the way the instructors asked several times tips to passengers. Anyway, there were no complaints and this excursion was one more I did with successfully. Have a look the videos below!

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