It has been a while since the last time I went to Brazil! You probably
think this is not too much time, but the fact is
The best way to deal with it: listen to my CD's that I brought from Brazil and
look for something interesting in the Web.
And Gosh, I found so many interesting sites about Brazil that I decided to create this page with links to them. It's still under construction. So, it has only a few links. However, if you are brazilian, you'll probably like to check this out!! And if you are just curious about the country, give a chance to some of the following links. You may find very interesting things out there!! You may find out that the country is not only Carnival and soccer games (although you'll find a lot about them as well). You may also understand why 10 months far from my country is so painful to me!!!
However, many brazilians can either speak correct and official Spanish or something we call Portunhol , a (sometimes ``dangerous'') mixture of both languages that only brazilians and people who speak spanish and have a lot of patience can understand. (Unfortunately, the best that I can do is to mumble things in Portunhol ;-)))
You can really go for a virtual tour through Brazil in this page. You'll find many
pictures from different regions of Brazil, statistics about the country,
history, weather, culture. Sergio did a very good job (I'm too lazy to
build a web page as complete as his. That's why the best that I can do
is to add a link to his page here!! ;-))
I just loved this page!!! Everything that you can think of about our culture
is there. Check out the pictures!! They are just great!!! Also, the brazilian
eating habits!! That was kind of torture to me, especially the pictures of
dishes and desserts (birthday parties)!!! That's one of the main complaints of brazilians outside
the country, right? Well, I'm not different from them!!
Take a look on the picture and recipe of Pão de Queijo (Cheese Rolls).
That was a really a torture, because, after all, I am a very typical mineira ;-))
What about the barbecue?!! Fortunately, here in Madison we have the Barbecue of Independence,
every 7th of September! It's pretty much like a welcome back to my stomach!! ;-)))
Ah, check out also the crosscultural pages if you want to learn more about our culture!
The brazilian body language manual is very funny!!!
I have just found this page! I liked the picture, but I wanted one with
the Christ looking at me!! Anyway, this page has links to almost every
city in the country where the Internet has already arrived!!
In case you're planning to visit the country, check this out! You can find
a lot of information about hotels, tourism agencies, national parks, etc.
Try this guide of São Paulo city and check what the biggest city in the country looks like!
No?? So you just never heard of one of the most beautiful and ``fun''
places in Brazil (at least in my opinion)! Not to mention its historical importance:
this was the first place visited by the portugueses when they first arrived
in Brazil, almost 5 centuries ago! It is located in the south of Bahia (I need
to add a link to some nice page about Bahia! That's a must!) I've
been there before, almost 10 years ago.
It was after Carnival, the town was almost empty (no tourists) and still, it
was one of my best trips!!! Just to give you a bit of its beauty I put this picture
of one of its many beaches!
Do you like nature? Pico da Bandeira (Flag Peak) is one of the highest points of Brazil and is located very close to my hometown, in the state of Minas Gerais. It is 2890 meter high. I have not gone to the top yet, but it was just a matter of luck! It is not very smart to try to climb after it rains. In anycase, there is a beatiful and peaceful waterfall in the park that makes you want to stay there forever.
This is another national park, located very close to Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. You probably have already guessed that our fauna and flora are very rich (Well and I don't even start talking about Amazonia ;-)))
Check all this info about the state in Brazil where I came from!
Just in case you want to see some exotic animals... I am still looking for a nice web page about Amazonia.
Do you like scuba diving? Or maybe just spend some time in a wonderful island? This is the
I think every brazilian can remember going to a Festa Junina, especially
when he/she was a kid. But
this festival is taken very seriously in some parts of the country, especially
in Paraíba, in the Northeast. The official dance, there, is forró !!
I am always amazed and amused with the diversity of musical instruments that brazilians, and latin cultures in general, have. Although I studied music for some time and was supposed to know all of them, there are still many that I just can not recognize if I see. Check out the pictures of the following instruments in this Web page. Have you ever heard of them before??
But if you really like drums and percussion, check out Olodum's web page. Also, have you ever tried to make music from match boxes? Some brazilian are experts on that!!!
That is it... at least for now. I finish with pictures of the Christ (in case you never heard of it, check this out) and of Belo Horizonte.
Can you see the Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) hill down there, on the left side of the picture?
The Christ is illuminated at night! It's a wonderful view!
Finally: Belo Horizonte, BH.