• Spain vs Netherlands – 5 star revenge

    Spain vs. NetherlandsSao Paulo – We are all familiar with the saying ‘revenge is best served as a cold dish,’ we however did not expect Netherlands to execute so well, with a spectacular 5-1 demolition of defending world champions Spain.

    Revenge of the 2014 World Cup Final

    Lead by veteran’s Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben, the pair scored a brace each as they celebrated one of Holland’s most famous victories in the tournaments history. In a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, majority of fans expected a cagey affair. What followed was described as ‘”inexplicable” by Holland’s captain, Van Persie. (more…)

  • Arena Corinthians / Arena de São Paulo

    Arena Corinthians / Arena de São PauloLocated in the East Zone of São Paulo, Arena de São Paulo is the new home of Brazilian giants Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and the venue of six mouth-watering football clashes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The arena is also known as the Arena Corinthians and Arena de Itaquera.

    The city of São Paulo has a strong and fierce passion for the beautiful game. For a very long time Sport Club Corinthians Paulista was the only club in the city that did not own a stadium that matched its size and had the necessary infrastructure. With the announcement of this year’s World Cup, Corinthians fortunes changed as the erection of Arena de São Paulo became a necessity for the host city. (more…)

  • Typical and specialty foods of Brazil

    Beans "arrumadinho"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.  (more…)

  • Sao Paulo – seventh largest city by population

    São Paolo - seventh largest city by populationIt has been seen and spoken of in many movies. It is also the largest city not only in Brazil but in all of South America. It is named in honor of Saint Paul. It is also home to several stock markets and some of the tallest buildings in Brazil and South America.

    History

    First settled in 1532, Sao Paulo was the first permanent Portuguese colony in the new world. In 1554, many missionaries arrived to spread Christianity to the colony and it remains a religious center today with 75% of the city being Catholic. It officially became a city in 1711. In 1888 the city saw a large number of Spanish, Portuguese, and European immigrants in the city as a response to abolition. There is also a large Italian population still present in the city today. Between 1920 and 1940 the city saw incredible economic growth, population growth and building and construction were a constant.  (more…)

  • Manaus: The Capital City of Amazonas

    Manaus: The Capital City of Amazonas - Crossing the AmazonasManaus is the capital city of the state “Amazonas” in Brazil. It has an area of about 11,401 square kilometers. Manaus is situated in the mid of the actual Amazon natural forest; Several airlines connect Manaus with the United States of America; European tourists might find safer to come to Manaus, instead of visiting Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In the early period of the 20th century, Manaus grew to become really wealthy and also the most important cultural hub in Northern Brazil. The old rubber’s dreamed of modifying it into a Western fashion town along with a new name; the actual motion picture Fitzcarraldo provides an idea of just what exactly lifestyle was like in the rubber’s period.

    Opera House of Amazonas in ManausA reflection on this amount of opulence is to be found in the estates as well as monuments regarding Manaus, for example the “Opera House of Amazonas” opened up in 1896. Constructed with the aid of supplies and artists produced by European countries, its key place, in the form of an harp, can easily seat 640 men and women withinside the stalls. In 1965 it was declared as a part of the Brazil’s Countrywide Heritage and also has been opened after comprehensive renovating.  (more…)

  • Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

    Carnival in Rio de JaneiroCarnival is an ancient tradition that dates back to 600 to 520 BC. After the catholic church made it into a religious celebration, it quickly spread to the whole world. The first city to celebrate carnival as we know today was Paris.

    That was all too long ago! No other city has a carnival like Rio de Janeiro does. When it’s carnival the streets get packed with happy and fun people, ready to have fun in a very light-hearted way. Singing, dancing, drinking and wearing the typical Carnival costumes. It’s a one in a lifetime experience that lack words to describe it.

    Samba Schools

    Carnival in Rio de JaneiroThe called “Samba schools” are organized groups that train the whole year just to fill the city with music and happiness when it’s carnival. These professionals put a lot of work and effort in their projects. In most cities (Like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), there are specific places where the samba schools go out on huge parades that normally last 1 hour and 20 minutes for each school.  (more…)