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Child of the Dark Brazil

Book:  “Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus” Author:  Carolina Maria de Jesus Publisher:  Signet Classics, 2003 If you ever wondered what's the reality behind the closed doors of a Brazilian favela - here's your chance to find out more from the first-person account of someone who actually lived there.  The author, Carolina Maria de Jesus, is the ...
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The Surreal Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

The Lençóis Maranhenses is a National Park located in Maranhão state, Northeastern Brazil. It was the most spectacular landscape that I’ve ever seen in my home country.  It’s just surreal.  I felt like I had entered a sci-fi movie.  The sand was so blinding white, with sweeping dunes, deep blue lagoons… Two rivers run through the Lençóis Maranhenses, these rivers …

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Heart of Palm Creamy Pie (Torta Cremosa de Palmito)

The heart of palm creamy pie is one of my specialities, in Portuguese: torta cremosa de palmito! When I was a kid, my mom used to bake heart of palm pies.  As I grew older, I started to adapt the recipe and I created this version.  It’s very popular in my family nowadays. I’m not a great cook, but this one …

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A Complete Guide to the Fruits of Brazil

I love having a chance to eat new food when I travel, for me it’s part of the experience of getting to know a new place. I just returned from a trip to Maranhão and Pará states on northern Brasil and both places introduced me to a whole new bunch of fruits! Pará borders Suriname and Guyana and is the entry state to …

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The View Is From Rio, But The Name Is Chinese…

The Vista Chinesa or the Chinese View –  is one of the most impressive observation spots in Rio de Janeiro, located at the top of Tijuca Forest National Park. I’ve seen panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro from several places, but none of them met so many sights in one angle as the Chinese View.  This is one of the …

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How to Make Brazilian Cheese Bread (aka Pão de Queijo)

Pão de Queijo is a typical Brazilian snack and breakfast dish, originally from the states of Minas Gerais and Goiás. In Brazil, you can find it at snack bars, bakeries, coffee shops, you can even buy a frozen package at the supermarket to bake at home. I love Pão de Queijo! I love it more than chocolate! More than pasta! More …

15 Music Videos Recorded in Brazil by Non Brazilian Artists

Here is a list of 15 music videos recorded in Brazil by non-Brazilian artists. Rio de Janeiro seems quite popular, but in real life it isn’t that big party with girls dancing around wearing bikinis. I must say everything you see about the favelas (slums) and communities are real. There have been multiple interventions by the government, mostly unsuccessful, to implement …

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Trindade: A Village In The Jungle

Trindade is a blend of a fishermen village, a hippie refuge and an ecological paradise.  There are several gorgeous beaches, some remain unspoiled to this day. In the past, Trindade was a place for adventurers.  They had to face an unpaved road known as Deus Me Livre (‘God Forbid’) to reach the village.  The adventurers then had to camp on the …

Like mother, like daughter

When it comes to music, Brazil has many regional rhythms, from frevo to forró, from samba to funk, from sertanejo to MPB and the list goes on. I decided to write about two incredible singers that I adore: Maria Rita and Elis Regina. It’s difficult to classify this post in just one music style, so I’ll highlight three: Samba, MPB …

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Paraty: Colonial Beach Paradise

When visiting Brazil most travelers head straight to the big cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.  However, Paraty is worth the visit too, and here is why. Paraty is a beautiful historic city that has 65 beaches, more than 60 islands, emerald green sea, waterfalls, colonial mansions, churches from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the most charming …

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Safety in Brazil: 10 Main Tips That You Should Follow

Brazil is simply one of the most beautiful and stunning countries on Earth – it has everything in its ecosystem, from mountains, waterfalls, and rainforests, to the incredible beaches, and small islands, and also some of the most friendliest locals that one will ever meet.  But, there’s one question that always comes up when someone starts thinking of visiting Brazil: how safe is this place?  And …