The newspaper Estadão has a short article on the beginnings of MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, which is very popular in Brazil (and worldwide). On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hélio Gracie, one of the brothers that helped popularize jiu-jitsu, the newspaper showed off some article clippings
A while ago I read a short piece on a puppet play called Mundo Português which talks about how Portuguese was spread throughout the world. In an interview I found on another site, the project coordinator says that most kids in Brazil don’t yet know that Portuguese is also spoken in other
It’s popular belief that Brasília is a “recent” construction, that it was built in 1956 and finished in 1960 and all thanks goes to then-president Kubitschek and architect Oscar Niemeyer (let’s not forget Lúcio Costa). The reality, though, is that Brasília was thought up in 1749 by the Portuguese
In my final months in Rio de Janeiro, I was living in the neighborhood of Tijuca which is in the North Zone of the city and basically behind downtown and Santa Teresa. Tijuca is like the Ipanema of the North Zone, which is not to say it’s an area for rich, white people, but it is considered to be
A cacao-related fruit with an off-white interior color, cupuaçu is native to the Amazon basin and not too hard to get one’s hands on elsewhere in Brazil. Some say it tastes like a mix between chocolate and pineapple, and I’ll admit, it’s slightly odd on its own, but if you take it in juice form
In the middle of Mato Grosso there's a mountain range called the Serra do Roncador, shrouded in mystery. In 1925, a British explorer by the name of Percy Fawcett went there on a spiritual journey in search of the lost city of Atlantis. He was never seen again (well, unless you count the
The Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, better known simply as the Mercadão, opened in 1933 and soon became a better place to shop for food than the nearby market on Rua 25 de março. The Mercadão is the go-to place to buy fresh food, have a bite to eat, and meet up with friends.
A 2013 study by the Brazilian statistical institute IBGE reveals how the Brazilian woman will have, on average, around 1.5 kids by 2030. Currently, it's closer to 1.8 (the US is just above 2), so it's not that big of a drop. But going back 40 years shows how it all adds up over time.
How about learning about coffee and chocolate to improve your Portuguese? I’d say that sounds like a lot of fun. Especially if you are an advanced Portuguese speaker, or feel that you have reached a plateau, you will greatly benefit from taking different courses in Portuguese. Chocolate and
There are professional cowboys in Brazil and they have their workers' rights protected by law. Back in 2013 the Brazilian Senate passed a law that officially recognized the profession of cowboy in the country. Considering there have been cowboys in Brazil since it was founded, this was a big win