well, this story sounds familiar. LOL. Just make sure you have enough money to live on. It ain't cheap to live there. ALWAYS have your return ticket and $$$ to get home stashed. Don't plan on anyone helping you monetarily down there.....and don't even THINK about starting a tab at Pedro's.....FYI, a guy with your almost exact description moved down to SP on a limited income and lost his A$$, borrowed money from a bunch of people, took advantage of kind hearted folks, left the country, they were never paid back, and he didn't bother to give them an explanation or a kiss g'bye. Yes, Pedro, that includes me. Good luck BR....just make sure you can afford it before you jump in over your head. Don't count your internet chickens before they hatch.