August is the month of folklore. This is when we celebrate the rites, traditions, popular wisdom, dances, and festivities of different cultures around the globe. The date is celebrated worldwide on August 22nd. Inspired by the stories I heard when I was a kid in Brazil, I'd like to introduce you to
I’ve recently published a newsletter with 5 Brazilian movies that you can watch on Netflix. This post presents an extended list with 21 movies. I link each movie to its trailer and its IMDB entry. I also offer a link to get the movie at Amazon.com, since Netflix availability depends on your
Let's talk about Carnaval! What is the first place that comes to your mind when you think about Brazil’s Carnival? Rio de Janeiro, right? Sure, Rio does one of the biggest, most glamorous, fun, and colorful parties. But Rio de Janeiro is not the only destination to celebrate carnival in Brazil.
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
If you’re traveling to Brazil to live in the lap of luxury, whether for business or pleasure, here are some tips for you to optimize your experience and avoid awkward situations.
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