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First Time in Brazil – What to Expect

Hello guys, this is my first post here and I want to share some impressions about my country with you.

I don’t know about you, but I like to know about habits and culture from the country I’m going to visit. Have you noticed that it is not so easy to find this kind of information written by a local? Well, here I am. Writing about my own country and showing my point of view about Brazil.

• Brazilian Way of Life

Friendly, nice, easy going, helpful…those are some of the words that describes Brazilians. I can say that not because I’m Brazilian, no…I’m saying it because people that I’ve met around the world said that.

Here, people like to talk and know new people. If you don’t speak Portuguese (no, we don’t speak Brazilian…hahahaha), don’t worry, we’ll find a way to understand you. Remember: we are helpful 🙂

We love a party, yes. Doesn’t matter if it is a Birthday, Christman, New Year or Carnival we are celebrating…Someone got a new job? Let’s celebrate…Someone said that is preagnant, let´s celebrate…hahahaha. But, one of the worse things to think about Brazil is: “It is always Carnival”. I’m sorry, but it is not. Carnival happens on February (or March, depends on the year) and in the rest of the year we don’t use feather and sparkles to go to work 😉

• Brazilian Food

Our cuisine is very diverse. Fresh fruits, Vegetables, grains, pasta, meats…Whatever you want, we have. Each part of Brazil has its differences, for example:

North (Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima e Tocantins)

The food have indians influence. Fish, Fruits and Vegetables are the main ingredients in their meals. Try its food when you go there: Açaí (fruit), Fish (River’s Fish…the flavor is different from Sea Fish), Cupuaçu (fruit).

Northwest (Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraíba, Permbuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe)

The food has afro influence. Spice defines very well the food there. Some plates have funny names, like: Acarajé, Abará, Vatapá, Caruru…All this plates are typical from Northwest and you can try all of them. If you like pepper, go ahead and be happy 

Center West (Federal District, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul)

A mix of Indians and Latin American people. Like on North, fish and fruits are the main ingredients there as well.

SouthWest (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Minas Gerais e Espírito Santo)

Africans and Europian influenced its cuisine. In Rio de Janeiro you can discover what a Feijoada (black beans with meats) is, Brigadeiro (a candy made with chocolate and condensed milk) or try a Caipirinha (Drink made with Cachaça, sugar and lemon). In São Paulo you can try a Pastel (fried pastry with meat, chicken or sea food inside) is the best. In Minas Gerais the best dish is Pão de Queijo (a typical bread made with cheese). It is delicious. In Espírito Santo you can try Moqueca (a mix of sea food).

South (Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul)

Europe is the principal influence on its cuisine. There you can drink the best Brazilian wines and the best Churrasco (Barbecue), but this barbecue is not the way that you imagine. They put pieces of meats and baked bake it – that is my favorite smell 🙂

So, I hope that I could help you to know more about my country.

If you have any doubts about Brazil, you can leave your comment below and I can reply to you.

See you on next post,



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I was born in Foz do Iguaçu (South of Brazil), but i usually say that I'm Carioca (people that born in Rio de Janeiro) inside my heart! Travelling and writing is my passion and I love share my impressions about the place that i've visited.

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