Get ready for the masks, the samba music, and all the festivities that make the Carnival Festival so famous in Brazil. Carnival or Carnaval in Portuguese is celebrated in many Catholic countries in South America and Europe. But the Carnival festival in Rio is the highlight of them all.
Carnival is a four day celebration to give a farewell to the time of celebration prior to the beginning of the season of lent. It is basically a four day period of fun before the traditional fast of lent. The term Carnival comes from carnelevare which means “remove meat”. Traditionally during lent you cannot eat meat and poultry products on Friday’s and you must give up one thing that is important to you like drinking coffee for 40 days. So before you get ready for that the Carnival festival gives you a little over indulgence.
Prior to the actual festival there are several carnival balls which are very famous and extravagant. The festival consists of lots of parades with exotic costumes in the traditional gold, purple, and green colors. The parades are lead by the Samba schools and watched by the millions of citizens and tourists that come for the celebration. The schools actual compete to participate in the annual Carnival festival. The parades are generally televised and broadcast internationally as well. View full article »
Beaches may be important for your vacation, but the food is equally important. Brazilian Cuisine is sure to please. Rice, pork, seafood, and beans are a staple in almost every Brazilian dish. There is also a very heavy Italian persuasion on many dishes due to the high number of Italian immigrants in Brazil.
Many of their dishes include corn, pork, beans, and chicken. Rice and pasta are a staple in any meal. In Rio de Janeiro enjoy the specially prepared black beans or carioquinha, a specialty brown bean from São Paulo.
Virado a paulista is a specialty dish of São Paulo which is made of rice, tutu de feijao, sautéed greens and pork chops. It is generally served with some sausage and a fried banana as well. Afterwards enjoy your coffee with a nice cheese bun.
Feijoada is a pork dish that originated from the slaves during the colonial times in Brazil. Originally it was made from discarded pork meats such as tails, ears, and feet simmered with black beans. Today it has been updated using pork sausage, bacon and tenderloins. View full article »
2012 is over and we are moving on. Looking back to the last years biggest sporting events and some stats it’s quite intersting to see how they did with Twitter users? What about the Summer Olympics in London, the Euro 2012 Finals in Poland / Ukraine and the Super Bowl in the United States? Here’s a breakdown of five major sporting events in 2012, and how they represented on the popular social media site.
I am looking forward to the FIFA World Cup 2014 and Summer Olympics 2016 in Brasil already. Let’s see if we can top all this stats. View full article »
It is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is approximately 40 meters tall and stands upon the peak of the 700 meter Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park which was chosen for its biblical presence over the city. It is a symbol of Christianity in Rio de Janeiro and all of Brazil. It is the Christ the Redeemer statue.
The idea for the statue actually goes back to the mid 1850’s. Princess Isabel however did not wish to give funding for the project. Finally the church received enough donations after a petition in 1921 to begin construction with a little help from the Vatican in Rome.
Carlos Oswaldo was the first to come up with rough sketches of the statue. Although many designs were presented, they finally decided on the Christ the redeemer with open arms. A local named Heitor da Silva Costa designed the statue. Paul Lndowski, a French sculptor, was commissioned to actually create the statue. After careful review, it was decided that the statue should be constructed of reinforced concrete instead of steel to make it stronger. After nine years of construction the statue was finally unveiled on December 11, 1931. Construction in total ended up costing about 250.000$ US which in today’s terms would be the equivalent of just over $3 million. The left arm of the statue points to the north zone of Rio de Janeiro and the right arm of the statue points to the south zone of Rio de Janeiro. View full article »
Time of Rio from MOOV on Vimeo.
“Time of Rio” is a video produced by MOOV a photo and movie studio located in Rio de Janiero in Brazil. The video mixes sequences in slow motion, time lapse and hyper lapse of scenes shot in the beautiful and wild Brazilian city. This is another great video of Rio de Janeiro to get you in the mood for a Rio trip. Music “Oh Wee” by Immortal Beats and “Whispering Through” by Asura
A Brazilian company started selling a smartphone called iPhone in Brazil which is actually not from California based company Apple Inc. After winning the legal right to use the name iPhone in Latin America’s biggest country back in 2008 Gradiente SA is now selling this smartphone which even runs on the Android operating system from Apple’s archrival Google Inc. Brazilian trademark office spokeswoman Maratan Marques said Gradiente requested permission to use the brand before Apple did and has now the exclusive right to use it through 2018, for now.
Gradiente started selling its iPhone on Tuesday for 600 reals, about $300, which is a lot cheaper than Apple’s iPhone. It runs on Android version 2.3.4 and it features a 3.7-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth, dual chip, 3G, Wi-Fi, 5MP camera, GPS+ and 2GB of memory. Its appearance is similar to that of Apple’s iPhone, but only similar.