Xmas & NY – Holidays in Brazil

OK! I owe y’all some posts, I know it. So here it is, and it’s about my holidays in the summer-paradise country! My homeland! I have to say it so it’s clear to everyone: it was awesome! Even though my plans went all wrong and I didn’t get to do any travelling as I so badly wished; it was just great. I saw almost all my family (‘was about 20 cousins). The first thing to note when arriving there was the temperature – from the -3C in Tampere to the +28C in São Paulo. Cool! I can’t describe the feeling of hearing the mother tongue, reading it, speaking it… after so long… really it’s indescribable. I’d also forgotten how the people are beautifull there (meaning women ;)). Food, weather, people; what else d’you need?

First picture is something I hadn’t seen in a long while, and for that it was the first thing that caught my eyes when I arrived: our beautifull summer moon, seen on daylight.

Lua de verão
Lua de verão

So I went down southwards, as I’m a gaúcho (check the link). The places I stayed were in Porto Alegre’s area: Novo Hamburgo, Campo Bom, São Leopoldo; and in the mountain chains in Gramado (my hometown) and at the beach in Imbé and Capão da Canoa where my parents have an apartment. So I really did get all the extreme climates there. In São Paulo the incredible tropical summer rain that won’t let you see 5m ahead. In Gramado the cool chill and mist, passing through the high canions they call Itaimbezinho (I’ve already posted about this some years ago). Then the suffocating 24h sauna that is in the Sinos Valley (Novo Hamburgo, São Leo. and Campo Bom). Finally, the wonderfull beach, sea, sand…

This is a view you have in Gramado when you look over the mountains and far in the horizon you can imagine where the ocean is (the beautifull lady here is my sister ;))

Vale do Quilombo
Vale do Quilombo

I’m not really sure what was the best part of the beach. I mean, the beach was definitely the best part of it all… but what was best? Maybe going to the sand in the morning, walking about, swimming and drinking coconut water when the sun was too hot…

Inside the coconut, you have the most refreshing water...
Inside the coconut, there’s the most refreshing water…

I mean just look at this!!!

This is what we see from our apartment at the beach
This is what we see from our apartment at the beach
Another nice end of afternoon...
Another nice end of afternoon…

If I had to write about all the nice cuisine I would probably write a book. I don’t even know where to start here! Pfff I won’t even start….

A kite, in a sunny day in the sand
A kite, in a sunny day in the sand

One new thing I will miss is going out with my friends  to this bar on Monday evenings, just to taste wine and talk; see the “bohemic” life of the city and hang out…

4 thoughts on “Xmas & NY – Holidays in Brazil

  1. aleee! Até que enfim tem uma foto minha aquiii! heheh
    Pude imaginar eu voltando pro Brasil..aaai, deve ser uma sensação mto boa!

    To morreeendo de saudade, mano!
    Beijao

    ps.: Vou mandar as fotos da minha maq assim que der!

  2. Olá,
    Como muitas pessoas que visitaram o seu blog (antigo e esse), estou partindo pra finlandia em março (ou julho) pra morar um ano em tampere… Trabalharei com “c++ programmimg for linux plataform” (provavelmente usando symbian e para smartphones dá seria s60)… Vou trabalhar na Ardites.com… Sei que esse comentario não tem nada a ver com o post mas queria saber se você saberia me dizer algum site / livro ou alguma dica de como aprender finlandês pois acredito que será de grande valia pra mim aprender a lingua para poder aproveitar mais o país!
    Obrigado e até mais….
    ps: caso possa, favor entrar em contato comigo pelo email.. seria muito bom caso você pudesse responder algumas perguntas específicas que eu tenho sobre a finlândia… Obrigado de novo!!😀

  3. Aí Marcos, vou responder aqui mesmo para que outras pessoas também se beneficiem…
    Bem, caso vc não saiba, eu morei com uma família finlandesa há 9 anos atrás. Foi por 1 ano inteiro – assim eu aprendí finlandês.

    Nesta segunda experiência aqui na Suomi (Finlândia em finlandês) conhecí muitas pessoas que chegaram também super decididos a aprender a língua – mas destes, quase ninguém conseguiu persistir o ano todo. Menos gente ainda conseguiu aprender bem o idioma. Há vários fatores que contribuem para o alto nível de dificildade em se aprender esta língua. Mais simplesmente, é uma língua muito difícil MESMO, e ponto.

    Logo que cheguei entrei nos cursos da faculdade para extrangeiros, mas em uns 7 meses desistí porque o que se aprende em aula não é oque se fala na rua – o tal puhekieli.

    Baita balde-de-água-fria te dizer isto, assim de cara, sem vc ter nem mesmo chegado ainda; mas se vc vem pra cá e nem mesmo vai ter condicão de estudante (que te ajudaria um pouco), as tuas chances de aprender finlandês são quase nulas.

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