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The Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime

Sometimes, our bucket list or lists, get overwhelming. So, the Huffington Post decided to put together a list of the 50 top cities one should visit in a lifetime.

We specially love number 5, our beautiful Rio de Janeiro.

Home to two of the most beautiul beaches in the world, Rio is the perfect get away!  As the ideal place to sit back and relax, Rio offers all the beach and night life one can handle. From the Sugarloaf to the Christ the Redeemer, Rio will offer you all the colors and life one can see and experience.

Roll in for the festivities of Carnival. Make sure to take in all the beauty of the spectacular costumes and the elaboratedly extravagant floats. As a year-round project, preparations for Carnival are always in motion. Take a tour through the Samba schools and check out their progress, as all energy goes into making the previous year’s Carnival look small.

Want to see which other cities qualified? Check out the Post’s article.

By |September 15th, 2014|Featured|0 Comments

7 Things the World Can Learn From Brazil

Brasil Post  | By Rodolfo Viana

The World Cup ended in disappointment for Brazil, but offered the world a good image of the country — at least to the foreigners that came to the event. According to government data, Brazil hosted more than 1 million “gringos” coming from 203 different countries, and 95 percent of them intend to visit the country again.

Here are 7 things the rest of the world can learn from Brazil and its people.
They have a rich literary tradition

Our literature is a treasure that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Abroad, meanwhile, our writers are revered. Recently, the Guardian wrote about authors made ​​in Brazil and declared the country is as good in producing books as it is in playing soccer. And our best writer is Machado de Assis, who studied at universities outside Brazil and is on literary critic Harold Bloom’s list of 100 geniuses, alongside writers such as Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. In addition, Bloom elected our Machadão (great Machado) “the greatest black writer in the West.” A writer who, perhaps unknowingly, described the Brazilian spirit so well when he wrote: “The art of living consists in getting the greatest good out of the greatest evil”. This serves as a lesson not only to Brazilians, but also to the whole world.
They offer a lifeline to their most vulnerable

While some criticize it for being government assistance, others praise its results. Notwithstanding, Bolsa Familia, a national welfare program that gives financial aid to poor families on the condition that children go to school and get vaccinated, has been widely praised for offering a lifeline to struggling Brazilians. As The Economist notes, the city of New York has adopted a similar model. Thanks in part to […]

Best cheap eats in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Minas Gerais has one of the best regional cuisines in Brazil – hearty slow food served in big portions. In Belo Horizonte, the state capital, you’ll find traditional restaurants and great bar food

Sao Francisco de Assis Church designed by famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer is the city icon in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Danny Lehman/Corbis

No trip to Belo Horizonte would be complete without a proper immersion in the local comida mineira – the much-loved rustic cuisine of Minas Gerais. For that, the farmhouse restaurant Xapuri is hard to beat. Slide on to a bench at one of the long wooden tables under thatched, open-sided buildings, and keep an eye out for the sparky chef-proprietor, 75-year-old Dona Nelsa. She was one of a group of local chefs invited to Madrid Fusión last year, when the high-end food festival paid special homage to the Minas culinary heritage. While not the cheapest option in town, Xapuri’s portions offer value for money: fried pork ribs with rice, feijão tropeiro (a bean, egg and sausage hash) and kale (R$89, around £24 or $34) or the shredded dried beef, baked and served inside a pumpkin (£30 or $49) easily feed two, three or even four. A plate smattered with sweet dollops from the dessert buffet (£2 or $3.30 per 100gm) and a cachaça chaser will finish things off nicely. Hammocks are on hand should a few minutes of shut-eye be in order.
• Rua Mandacaru 260, Pampulha + 55 31 3496 6198,
Mercado Central

A delicatessen in Mercado Central. Photograph: AlamyBehind the imposing façade of BH’s central market is a warren of food and drink stalls, selling fruit, nuts and ingredients from all over the country, though it’s the local treats from Minas Gerais that are most interesting: jars of sweet, […]

Soccer Museum in São Paulo (Museu do Futebol)

Still can’t get enough of soccer? Well check the Soccer Museum (Museu do Futebol) in São Paulo, located at the Estádio do Pacaembu (Pacaembu Stadium). 

With free admission on Thursdays, this time machine takes you back to Brazil’s glory days. From the objects that drive the culture’s obsession to the players that made history, you will find every component of Brazilian soccer history there.

For more information, check out its awesome website

Let us know what you think!



Portuguese for the perplexed

Portuguese for the perplexed
May 24th 2013, 13:49 by H.J. | SÃO PAULOInspired by a popular guide to Understanding the British, I’ve put together a few entries in a Foreigners’ Guide to Understanding Brazilians. Portuguese speakers and Brazilianists are invited to add more in the comments. Hat tip to Brazil-based journalists Andrew Downie and Dom Phillips, who contributed items, and Olivier Teboul, a Frenchman living in Belo Horizonte whose list of “Brazilian curiosities” (in Portuguese) has generated a huge response from amused, and sometimes bemused, locals. 

What Brazilians say: Yes (Sim)
What foreigners hear: Yes
What Brazilians mean: Anything from yes through perhaps to no

What Brazilians say: Perhaps (Talvez)
What foreigners hear: Perhaps
What Brazilians mean: No

What Brazilians say: No (Não)
What foreigners hear (on the very rare occasion a Brazilian says it): No
What Brazilians mean: Absolutely never, not in a million years, this is the craziest thing I’ve ever been asked

What Brazilians say: I’m nearly there (Tô chegando)
What foreigners hear: He’s nearly here
What Brazilians mean: I’ve set out

What Brazilians say: I’ll be there in ten minutes (Vou chegar em dez minutinhos)
What foreigners hear: He’ll be here soon
What Brazilians mean: Some time in the next half-hour I’ll get up off the sofa and start looking for my car keys

What Brazilians say: I’ll show up later (Vou aparecer mais tarde)
What foreigners hear: He’ll be here later
What Brazilians mean: I won’t be coming

What Brazilians say: Let’s stay in touch, ok? (A gente se vê, vamos combinar, ta?)
What foreigners hear: He’d like to stay in touch (though, puzzlingly, we don’t seem to have swapped contact details)
What Brazilians mean: No more than a Briton means by: “Nice weather, isn’t it?”

What Brazilians say: I’m going to tell you something/ Let me tell you something/ It’s the following/ Just look and you’ll see […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Featured|0 Comments

No World Cup? Brazil Is Still a Must-See Destination

Live music, smiles of curiosity and hospitality, colors, flavors, beaches, a multitudinous culture, and the origin of super models such as Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio.

By: Stephanie Be Travel Blogger, Founder

Eu Te Amo Brasil.

(I’m going to mention a few things you don’t want to hear, then I’m going to get to the fun stuff.)

While I greatly envied every Facebook and Instagram update on the masses making their way to Brazil for the World Cup, a piece of my heart sank in condolences for the world.

I had the privilege of being a part of a UCLA Global Research Seminar in the summer of 2010, based out of Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, and am well too informed of the socio-economic implications of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

They say ignorance is bliss, and I’d say really? Ignorance is more like 1 million people drinking, raging, and breaking laws at the cost of humanity.

If it sounds like college football or basketball, don’t fool yourself. The lives that were destroyed are a matter that’s anything, but cool.

You see in our world, we value professional sports more than we do laws. Brazil had to change their Constitution for FIFA. People were injured. People died.

And in this globe, the rate of sex-trafficking (and domestic violence), peaks for large scale sporting events. It happened to Brazil. Woman and children were lost, killed, and sold into sex slavery to service the drunken partiers.

Transcontinentally, we evict people from their homes (for Brazil’s Manaus Stadium,250,000 people) to make ways for profitable infrastructure. Except someone decided to build Brazil’s stadium in the middle of no where, in a town that doesn’t even have a soccer team; so no, Brazil is not profiting on the amphitheater… not even when the Olympics […]

By |August 15th, 2014|Featured|0 Comments

Brazil’s North Zones ( Zonas do Norte do Brasil)

Interested in two of Brazil’s big cities? Check out Seth Kugel’s video on Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro’s North Zones. See the best these giants have to offer.

Interessados em duas das maiores cidades do Brasil ? Confira o vídeo do Seth Kugel das zonas norte de São Paulo e do Rio de Janeiro. Veja o que estas áreas têm para oferecer. 











- The Frugal Traveler heads to the north sides of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where urban explorers can find affordable adventures.

 - O Frugal Traveler viaja para os lados do norte de São Paulo e Rio de Janeiro, onde exploradores urbanos podem encontrar aventuras acessíveis.

By |August 13th, 2014|Featured|0 Comments
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    Churrascaria: os cortes de carne em inglês e português (The cuts of meat in English and Portuguese)

Churrascaria: os cortes de carne em inglês e português (The cuts of meat in English and Portuguese)

Se algum corte de carne ou qualquer outro item da lista receber nome diferente na região em que você mora, por favor, escreva um comentário para que eu possa fazer o adendo. Conto com a sua participação. Obrigado.

If any cut of meat or any other item on the list receive different name in the region in which you live, please write a comment so I can add it. I am counting on your participation. Thank you.

BABY BEEF = coração de alcatra
BABY PORK = pururuca
BRAZILIAN PORK SAUSAGE = linguiça de porco
CALABRESE PORK SAUSAGE = linguiça calabresa Cf. SPICY PORK SAUSAGE e Cf.Vocabulário: Calabresa e pochete
CHICKEN BREAST = peito de frango
CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS = coxa de frango
CHICKEN HEARTS = coração de frango
CHICKEN LIVER = fígado de frango
CHICKEN SAUSAGE = linguiça de frango
CHICKEN THIGH = sobrecoxa de frango
FLANK STEAK = fraldinha
GRILLED = grelhado
GROUND BEEF = carne moída
HUMP STEAK = cupim
KEFTA = kafta
LAMB LEG = paleta
LAMB LOIN CHOP = carré de carneiro
LAMB LOIN ROAST = lombo de carneiro (espinhaço)
LAMB RIBS = costela de carneiro
LAMB SHORT LEG = pernil de carneiro
LAMB SPARERIBS = costelinha de carneiro
LAMB TENDERLOIN = lombinho de carneiro
MEAT CART = carrinho de carne
MEAT TONGS = pegador de carne
OSTRICH = avestruz
PORK (CENTER) LOIN = lombo de porco
PORK HAM = pernil de porco
PORK RIBS = costela de porco
PORK SIRLOIN = picanha de porco
PORK TENDERLOIN = lombinho de porco
RUMP STEAK = alcatra
SEA SALT = sal grosso
SHORT RIBS = costela de ripa Cf. BEEF RIBS
SIRLOIN STEAK = contra-filé
SIRLOIN TRI TIP ROAST = maminha de alcatra
SKEWERS = espetos

Rio 2016 reveals ‘Look of the Games’ to mark two years until Olympic opening ceremony


Rio 2016 reveals ‘Look of the Games’ to mark two years until Olympic opening ceremony
Designs based on Rio’s iconic skyline will adorn the competition venues and colour the city, also featuring on tickets and uniforms

With two years to go until the Olympic Games begin, Rio 2016 is celebrating in style. The ‘Look of the Games’ – the design used for all the event’s visual communications – was launched on Tuesday (5 August). Inspired by the vibrancy of multicultural Rio de Janeiro, with outlines of the city’s landscapes, it represents the coming together of all the Brazilian people.
“We hope that Rio 2016 will be the Games of the people, a memorable celebration of the kind that only we can offer,” said Beth Lula, Rio 2016’s Brand Manager. “The starting point for the new ‘look’ was the Rio 2016 branding, with its essential ingredients of passion and transformation, and its values and attributes.”
The new look will be on display in all the sporting venues and across the city, as well as on tickets, uniforms and licensed products. The goal is to create a celebratory atmosphere and a unique experience for all visitors.
Developed by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s in-house design and branding teams, the project took around a year to complete following studies of Brazil’s historical and cultural identity, as well as a photographic immersion in the region’s landscapes. The four football host cities – Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Brasília and Salvador – are also represented.
The design team produced a visual identity for the Games using images of Rio easily recognised throughout the world, with an organic and all-embracing feel, that gives the impression of a hug, inspired by nature’s beauty and human warmth.
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9 of the world’s best city beaches

9 of the world’s best city beaches

By Duncan Forgan, for CNN
updated 3:27 PM EDT, Mon August 4, 2014

(CNN) – Stressed colleagues, traffic jams, pollution.

We’re all familiar with the undesirable qualities of city life.

So thank the gods of urban planning for the occasional sandy edge.
There are some cities where worker drones can strip off the suit and tie, jump into shorts or a bikini and enjoy a day with their toes in the sand without having to leave the urban perimeter.
By talking with our well-traveled friends and colleagues, collating data from tourism authorities and using our own experiences, we’ve put together a list of what we think make up 9 of the best city beaches in the world.
No doubt you’ve got your own.
We’d love to hear about them in the comments.
1. Ipanema Beach (Rio De Janeiro)
Ipanema was famed long before Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim composed their 1962 ode to one of the “tall and tanned and young and lovely” females that still throng the beach.
“The Girl From Ipanema,” however, perfectly encapsulates the eternal allure of the 1,600-meter-long, 90-meter deep stretch of white sand.
Majestic granite peaks create a spectacular backdrop while the Cagarras Islands in the distance offer a counterpoint to the brilliant blue of the Atlantic.
This is the place where the dental-floss bikini and the crocheted G-string for men made their debuts, however, and it’s the sight of the scantily clad people of the Cidade Maravilhosa that makes for arguably the most compelling spectacle.
Lowdown (5-point system)
Cleanliness: 4 — Ipanema is regarded by Cariocas (Rio natives) as the city’s cleanest beach.
Visual stimulus: 5 — See G-strings and dental floss references above.
Food/drink: 5 — Hawkers ply the sand selling everything from cold beer and caipirinhas to grilled […]