As I’ve previously written here, Vitória is a tough city to run game. Even though the ratio of women to men is very high, I had to approach like a fucking machine just to get one decent hookup. If I worked that hard anywhere else in Brazil, I’d have enough prospects to last me a couple months.
Believe it or not, easiness of women is only a minor factor for choosing where I travel to. What’s more important is if the women are of high quality, because I don’t mind putting in a moderate amount of energy to snag something special. It’s only when the women disappoint me with cold or strange attitude, like in Argentina, do I get turned off and search for greener pastures.
That is sort of what happened in Vitória. The girls weren’t warm by Brazilian standards and simply didn’t hint to me that they were worth the trouble. So I was surprised when an attractive girl from Vitória started an email correspondence with me. She suggests that the attitude is just a front. Here is her enlightening analysis, which I’m sure holds true for other lower tier Brazilian cities as well:
I’ve heard the same complaint from many (Brazilian) people about the capixabas [people from Vitória] not being very open and friendly. I could think of many reasons for that, but mostly I think it’s just because Vitória is an island and used to be a “green barrier” (barreira verde, don’t know how to say that in English) to protect Minas Gerais. So we have spent a lot of time without much contact with other people, and I guess we have grown a little “suspicious” of everyone.
We’re not used to having tourists visiting, even from Brazil (except for the mineiros). You’d be surprised to know that a lot of Brazilian people don’t even know where Vitória is. I get a lot of “Vitória da Conquista?” (a city in Bahia) when I travel. People joke saying that Bahia is North of Rio (meaning that Espírito Santo doesn’t exist). We’re a small town—we only have twice as many people as Copacabana, a *neighborhood* in Rio. So I guess we’re like an unpopular high school gang, just hanging out together and looking out for each other. It’s hard to get in (and no one cares to try), but once you do, you’ll realize how cool we are. 🙂
The problem with being an American guy trying to get girls in Vitória, I think, is that a lot of us have the natural “anti-American” instinct (as we also have the “anti-carioca”, the anti-anything that we consider better than us). As in “Did you really think it would be that easy to get me to bed just because you’re from Rio/New York/Paris?” We have an inferiority complex that we try to make up by being snobish and playing hard to get. But, it usually doesn’t last long. Girls in Rio are used to gringos, we’re not used to anyone. That *will* become an advantage eventually, but it does take a lot of game.
And, everyone knows everyone here. Women (at least my girlfriends and I) try to be very careful with what they do, because the next day everyone is already talking about it. And when I say that everyone knows everyone, I really mean it (it’s crazy).
There’s another problem that is very specific to Vitória too: there are a LOT of girls, and not too many guys. This *could* mean that girls would be easier here (out of desperation!), but this is what happens: guys have become the biggest assholes (not alpha assholes; just plain assholes). They think you have a moral obligation to worship them. So if they approach you and you’re not interested, they’ll immediately start cursing at you or trying to offend you. I’ve seen it happen a lot. Sometimes we *are* interested, just not in the mood to play their caveman game. So most girls in Vitória have grown tired of that, I think, and end up being more interested in hanging out with their girlfriends than putting up with one of these guys. You’ll see a lot of us dating guys from other states (who don’t live here, and whom we’ve met in Rio or other cities).
A capixaba girl will behave completely different in another city, with other men (and without other capixabas around to make gossip). But maybe what I’m saying is all just bullshit and we *are* actually snobs. But I don’t think we are.
I can vouch for capixabas acting different (i.e. sluttier) in other cities: my Danish roommate had a one-night stand with one staying in Rio. But then again that’s true for all women.
I’m ready to come to the conclusion that Vitória is only worth your time if you live there, and not traveling through. Unless you want an ultimate-test-of-your-game type of challenge by coming here for a weekend or two, stick to the other gringo-friendly cities instead.
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