Why I Love All Things Brazil and Brazilian

Brazilian dancer
Brazilian dancer

Brazil is a fascinating country full of color and life. It is exotic. It has what the rest of the world does not. Brazil is enchanting, mesmerizing, wild, and civilized. The brazilian culture is as complex as any, perhaps even more so than most due to its vast diversity in history, culture, religions, landscape, creatures, peoples, and more.

The extremes in Brazil are wide, from wealthy to impoverished, from rain-forests to big cities, from brilliant colors, to camouflaged; everywhere you turn, an extreme juxtaposition can be found. It is because of these things, and more, that I find Brazil so fascinating.

Not all my Brazilian loves are shared here, but I think there's enough to make you fall in love, if you aren't already, with this amazing country. Enjoy.

Brasil, eu te amo.

The Brazilian national anthem, Hino Nacional Brsileiro, is NOT what I expected. It's rather charming and Victorian in its sound, and a bit patriarchal.

Between the time of its composition by Francisco Manuel da Silva in 1822, to the time it received its definitive lyrics 100 years later in 1922, Hino Nacional Brazsileiro had two other lyrical versions. However, it is not always performed with lyrics. Often times it is played in its orchestral instrumental version.

An interesting law is attached to the Brazilian national anthem. If the instrumental version is played, it is quite alright to stop after the first verse. However, should you choose to sing this anthem, you are required, by law, to sing both verses; you CANNOT quit after just one sung verse. This is one of the reasons you will more than likely hear the instrumental version played at sporting events - in a rush to start the party, one could say.

Here are two versions I found which I rather enjoyed. The first gives a nice edgy electric guitar played with the classic sound of the instrumental version. No lyrics involved but the ones you hear in this terrific guitar playing. The second clip features a cultured native sharing this song acapella, and according to a Brazilian reader, tuuky, she is making up her own lyrics. She's rather cute and I had to share her version with you.

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Brazil's booming economy - 09 Jul 08

Umbanda Religion in Brazil

Tribes in Brazil

Capoeira - Lesser Known Brazilian Martial Art

THE COUNTRY OF BRAZIL

SOME FACTS:

  • Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world.
  • The official language in Brazil is Portuguese
  • The Brazilian flag (which is absolutely gorgeous) displays Brazil's motto proudly.
  • Brazil's motto is "Ordem e Progresso" (Portuguese) which translates to "Order and Progress"
  • Federative Republic of Brazil is Brazil's official name.
  • Brazil's capital city is Brazilia.
  • The people of Brazil are predominantly Roman Catholic, though you will certainly find other religeons including Umbanada (see video to right), Jehovas Witness, Budhism, and more.
  • The largest population of Japanese people (outside of Japan) live in Brazil.
  • From 1500-1822, Brazil was colonized by Portugal.
  • Brazil became independent on September 7, 1822, however their independence from Portugal was not recognized until August 29, 1825.
  • Sugar from Brazil was a large and lucrative export for Portugal, until it was found nearer to Europe, and the price of sugar fell.
  • Diamond and gold deposites were found in Brazil in the 18th century. Use of African and American Indian slaves were used as escavators. The monies from the diamonds and gold were mostly used to decrease Portugal's debt.
  • Brazil's largest city is São Paulo, located in the Southeast region of São Paulo State.
  • Brazil is made up of 5 regions and 26 states.
  • The equator runs through Brazil.
  • The climate of Brazil is mostly tropical, however Brazil is home to five climatic subtypes.
  • There is more temperature fluctuation between night and day, than there is season to season.
  • Football (or soccer as it's know in the United States) is the most popular sport in Brazil.

  • The National Coctail of Brazil is Caipirinhas.


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ARIAU AMAZON TOWERS HOTEL BRAZIL; SEE LINKS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR INFO

BRAZILIAN WILDLIFE

The Amazon Rainforest, the Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (the heartland of Brazil), make up the largest parts of Brazil.

The wildlife there is extremely diverse. It is estimated that these ecosystems hold approximately four million species, most found nowhere else in the world.

New species are discovered daily. Amazing and true.

The Cerrado used to be a wasteland. Thanks to thousands of scientists and agricultural advancement due to the determination of three men, the Cerrado is now abundant and fruitful. The transformation of this land disputes the need for ANY logging and clearcutting in the Amazon Rainforest. For more information click here to watch the video that explains it all: The 2006 World Food Prize Laureates: Lobato, McClung, Paolin.


Cerrado um bioma em extincao

ATLANTIC FOREST, BRAZIL

AMAZING! GIANT WATERLILLIES IN THE AMAZON - THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS - BBC WILDLIFE

MARRIOTT HOTELS TO PROTECT BRAZILIAN RAIN FOREST

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BRAZILIAN DANCER IN EAGLE COSTUME

BRAZILIAN DANCE AND COSTUMES

Brazilians love to dance. They love carnivals. So it makes sense, then, that their largest and most internationally known and celebrated celebration is the Carnaval. Street parades, music, dance, food, costumes, wonderful crazy times, this festivity marks the beginning of lent, held 40 days before Easter, and is much like Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

As you can see from their costumes, while similar in style, they are as colorful and diverse as the peoples and creatures that inhabit this great country that is Brazil. Brazil is where the inspiration comes from. From here, and, well, the rest of the world.

Fantastic headdresses, makeup, sexy dancing shoes for the ladies (my personal favorites are the sexy but sturdy platform sandals; I must say I'd like a pair), flowing tails, feathers, and more comprise these glorious costumes that lift the spirits and inspire miraculous celebration. EVERYONE participates and celebrates in one way or another.

This celebration is so awesome it is mimiced around the world, from Japan to Hollywood, from Minnesota to Poland.

Famous Brazilian dances: Samba, Salsa, Capoeira.

Frieda's favorite Brazilian dance: You can often find Frieda doing the Salsa any time the mood strikes, and it does strike often despite her getting on in years.


BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL - Rio de Janeiro

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BRAZILIAN LINGERIE

Ah, the beauty and sensuality of a Brazilian cut cannot be beat. Brazilian panties are arguably the sexiest, loveliest, most comfortable of cuts, and comes in a variety of styles.

What exactly is a Brazilian cut? It is the same as any other, only utilizing less material. For a Brazilian boy short panty, for example, (my personal favorite,) one of its features is that there is a sexier peak at the hind area, offering more of a looksy (see the third photo to the right, which insidentaly is worn by a Brazilian model, Adriana Lima, the fourth highest paid model in the world).

Brazilian cuts are also known for their lack of panty line look, as seams are placed perfectly as to not show off the fact that you are wearing them. This is especially true when it comes to the thong.

Fashion designer, Rudi Gernreich was credited with introducing the first modern thong back in 1974. The thong was worn for many years by exotic Brazilian dancers and was very widely worn during the festivals. These tight, tiny thongs grew in popularity during the 80s in South America and were used as swimwear at the beaches. Its popularity and influence spread to various parts of the world in the late 90s.

Now, I am not a thong wearer, but this does explain the theory of less is more and the popularity of less material in Brazilian lingerie.

TERRY GILLIAM 1985 - BRAZIL MOVIE POSTER
TERRY GILLIAM 1985 - BRAZIL MOVIE POSTER

Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)-Information Retrieval

What is "Brazil" (1) Terry Gilliam

BRAZIL THE MOVIE

Let's face it. Brazil is a cult classic. A Pythonesque version of George Orwell's classic 1984. It's one of the best satires ever written, directed, and performed.

It has not much to do with the country of Brazil. The only thing Brazilian in it aside from its name, is the song, Brazil. But that is enough.

The song is the hope. The Brazil of the famous song of the same title is where all is well. It represents love, peace, excitement, the exotic, romance, the some day, the past, the moment, the escape of everyday life, of one day going back to all the pleasures, moments, memories, that are Brazil.

BRAZIL ON DVD

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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Oddity Good Sister #2 this was great.. tho that version of the national anthem is probably comparable to Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner! OGS#1


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Frieda, I loved the hub....so much interesting information.Unfortunately, I couldn't get any of the videos to work, not even by going to utube. Darn!


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

Where did you find all those great videos Frieda? Just a fabulous hub. makes me want to head on down to Rio tomorrow:-)


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Good to see you Oddity Good sister #1 =D I know, that version amazed me. I had to keep looking to see if it was really him playing. Glad you enjoyed!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

alekhouse, thanks! Did you try the links I put in? I put links to each of the videos with each section for people who couldn't click into the embeded ones. Oh please let me know! They're so wonderful.

robie2 I want to head down to Rio TODAY! lol It took me a whole day of searching and watching. I kept going off track and losing the ones I wanted and having to go back and find them again... excruciating but so much fun!


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Capt and The Kid 7 years ago

After this, we may have to make the trip south... nice...again.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Ah! Now you are lucky Capt and The Kid! Those shores are right near yours now aren't they. I hope you log your journey, a glimpse through the eye of Capt and The Kid like one you can write. Thanks Capt.


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Fabulous in-depth hub. Lots of info and well laid out. I learned quite a bit.

Oh look, there is more at the bottom! :O

I will have to come back and check that out. :)


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thanks Paper Moon.  Yes, please do check out the bottom, I've got some brief extras, and bonus vids on a subject that is very close to heart.  Glad you enjoyed and learned on the way. 


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Frieda wonderful hub. I have always had a fascination with Brazil but have not yet had the chance to visit. Thanks for sharing.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

You're most welcome Triplet Mom. I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece. One day you'll get there. Just promice you write about it, even if you decide to stay. =D


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Frieda, You have given me more of a reason to visit Brazil! I enjoyed my cup of tea while reading your words and viewing the videos. I have seen Brazil portrayed in the media mostly during carnival time. Another wonderful visit to your HubPage, Frieda.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thanks Aidy. I went to your hubs and they weren't there! I was in complete distress. w/b


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

soz, I was working on some of the grammar...I do not go back to read them awhile after I post, but since I am out of school for a week, I wanted to vist them again with new eyes to see what needed changing. Re-visiting my 'feelings' so to speak. I will repost them soon.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

oh thank goodness. I was really freaking out!


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Oh, I did not mean to! I have only just realized that I could re-edit them one at a time -duh- gosh, I really needed a break from class. I did it because my professor read some of my hubs here and said that I needed to 'renew' them? I do not know what he meant...so I sorta freaked out as well! I reverted back to that 'oh no, I'm gonna get an F' mentality.

Ah well, I have also only just realized...he can't give me an 'F' on here...I am so gullible, geez!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

lol.

I don't understand what you'd need to edit. They're so well formed. But then, when I took creative writing poetry my professor poo pooed all over mine. Never really explained why. He liked my crappy ones though. I often wonder about poetry teachers. Well, I'm glad they'll be up again. I don't know what I'd do without them. But I know how you feel. I'd want to hide in a box for days. I'd get mad, cry, then get mad again, then cry some more.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

ok, I seen a few that needed grammar checks, and I was spelling Cris A's name 'Chris A'. Just small, minor fixes. I am also working on a poem I wrote in response to Cris's poem 'foreplay', so I am really nervous about that one.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Awesome. I think that one was inspired by Soft and Delicious. I'll have to tac a link onto that one when you're done. Exciting!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Gosh, you've got one great Brazil article here!  Send it to the Brazilian Embassy (if you haven't done so yet) and expect to get a free ticket to Rio! :)

Oh, and muito obrigada with the actual links!  Besos!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Do you really think I'll get a free ticket to Rio? I suppose it's worth a try, right? lol Very glad those links worked for you. After alexhouse told me they didn't work for her I didn't know what to do with myself. Good to see you. xox


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Great hub great videos and some really interesting facts about Brasil. Of course I have a different take on a Brazilian! But there you go. I have been to Rio and watched the samba dancers and been to the mountain with the giant statue of Christ, We also took a tour by the favelas and the botanical gardens. I also spent a few hours on Copacabana beach watching the girls and the muscle men working out. Fascinating place.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Well now that sounds like quite the trip. How delightful. It is a fascinating place. So diverse. The kind of place you just open your mind to and let it all pour in. I should think it would take quite some time to really experience each part of it. A quick tour would take over a week I'm sure.


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Frieda, it all sounds fantastic. I'd so love to go, but it's a big, big trip from my corner of the world, and very pricy. I have friends from Brazil who have settled here, and they are colourful fun-loving people. It must be a national characteristic!


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

Heeeey Frieda! Long time no speak, how come you don't come over my place any more? LOL

I've never been to Brazil (or Brasil) - the place where one can see a toucan or three ;) But I must admit I have always been fascinated by all things Brazilian... so yeah, one day i'll have to head down there and have a look!!! Seriously though, awesome hub and a lovely collection of colorful pictures and videos.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

OS2 - I came back to see if you had done a "cut and paste" of your face on the brazillian dancer's body. That would be fun!

-OS1


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

It is pricey, isn't it Amanda.  Too bad the people of Brazil don't get more of it.  I mean the less well off people.  But ah the sights.  I think it probably is a national characteristic.  Their mentality is so different than ours is over here.

Hey there marco.  Now now, I've been a busy bee.  I'll be slowing down here soon.  I was actually over at your place last night and took a look around.  I was quiet, so you didn't hear me.  Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself over here.  And, sorry, but, I really love the glasses. =D

OGS2, what a FANTASTIC idea! Why didn't I think of that. I suppose that's why you're here, right? I may have to do that. Hmmmm. Another to do for my to do list this week. You are brilliant and creative OS1!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

LOL - I spend more time trotting around here giving other people ideas!!! LOL!! not so much brilliant as, perhaps, twisted and nosey...


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Well, all three are fine with me. =D


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

You make a very compelling argument for loving Brazil!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

lol, thank you much Tom. =D


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I noticed on AEvan's elvis hub that Paper Moon can do Elvis? I would love a hub on his "Elvis" !! LOL!!!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

He can? I know my sister's fiancé can to a t (except the looks). But Paper Moon? I'd better go check it out. =S


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

I'd love to go to Brazil. . . but since I can't (unless I walk there!), it's good to have this great hub to read. Thanks for all the photos and videos, too. Very educashunal!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Candie, he was the head chef at a dinner theatre and they had an Elvis impersonator there once. Not him, lol. Though he can belt a tune when he wants to. =D

Hi there Teresa, thanks much. I'm glad you enjoyed. I'm not walking there iether. It was educational for me as well. Much fun to do.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

I love Brazil, no one parties like the Brazilians, they are so warm and nice and of course they make the best bikinis in the world!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Pricessa.


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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for this Hub. I've always wanted to go to Brazil but like you and Teresa would have to walk there! And my cross-ocean boots aren't working too good!

Love Brazilian music especially.

Love and peace

Tony


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I took a Brazillian history course and learned quite a bit about the country that I never would have had the motivation to learn on my own.  Two books I read about Brazillian women that I highly recommend are Child of the Dark and Brazillian Women Speak.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Oh you're most welcome Tony. I thank myself every time I come over lol. My cross-ocean boots don't work very well either. Never have. I do love Brazilian music. Have you listened to Sergio Mendez? He's right below the comments. And there's a link about him in the for more information if you haven't.

SweetiePie, I am most definitely going to read both of those, thanks for passing those titles along. (I'll check them out at the library?) Great article of yours by the way. We never had a Brazilian course at my university or the college :(. Did they teach Portuguese as well? I'd love to learn. I knew a few words, but not many. I don't remember them now for the life of me.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I was a history major and took the Brazilian history course as part of my Latin America concentration requirement.  We had Spanish courses, but we did not have Portuguese.    I have a basic knowledge of Spanish and French from high school and college courses, so I have noticed I pick up basic words in all of the Romance languages, but that is about it. 

I forgot to mention those books are some what obscure, so in this case ordering those volumes online might be best. Great hub by the way!


Robubba 7 years ago

What's more? A billion or a brazillian?


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hi Robubba, I don't know the answer to this question.  If it's rude, don't tell me.  But if it's not inappropriate, then please do.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

SweetiePie. How awesome. I didn't used to be interested in history, but have been over the last few years. Wonderful major choice. Must have been interesting. I assume then that you took classes about all kinds of countries. Very cool. Thanks for the tip on the books. Will do. And thanks!


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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I just love the way they play football, probably says something about the spirit of the country.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

It does look so exotic. I've never been but would love to go one day. Oh, well...... Thanks for another great piece!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hi Brian. You have a point there, you're right, it does say A LOT about the spirit of their country I'd say. Their soccer games are fantastic to watch.

RGraf, you're most welcome. Thank you stopping in for a read. Most glad you liked. :)


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Zollstock 7 years ago from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW

Informative, enticing hub. I just read a travel book about Brazil and found a lot of the sentiments shared by world travelers mirrored in your hub - really drives the point home for me! There seems to be a zest for life, a passion, that is hard to find elsewhere. They've taken street soccer and turned it into a national icon and also into the seleção of worldwide acclaim - how cool is that? The downside, of course, are poverty and social stratification. Books like Hecht's "At Home in the Street" and Scheper-Hughes' "Death Without Weeping" reflect different aspects of the country and have touched me deeply.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

You're absolutely right about those last two things. As I said, Brazil has it all, side by side all juxtaposed in one big huge country. Even so, their zest for life is still there. I hope you also took a peak at the videos at the bottom, as that is an issue that touches me even deeper. I don't understand why the Cerrado cannot be used instead. It would change so many lives, not just in Brazil, but the entire world. Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad to have met.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Look at all of these comments! WOW! You are a popular writer, Frieda. And it is justified. This is a vivid account of a fascinating country. I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Cool hub! I love Brazilian music and their rain forest and beaches too. It's a dream destination for me. But for now, I'd have to settle with my Havaianas and listening to Astrud Gilberto! :D


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thank you James, so very much. Good to see you. I'm happy you enjoyed it. Wonderful.

Hey there Chris, thanks much. Astrud Gilberto, good one! Girl from Impanema and So Nice are two favorites of mine. I do listen to them all the time. Sing and dance. Silly really, but how can you not?!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Nice favorites, I like them too though I would put A Certain Sadness along with them. :D


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Ah, but they are sad as it is. Girl from impanema just walks by and does not notice the man who loves her. And it would be SO NICE to have a love, but the singer does not.


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interestsandme 7 years ago from Chico, CA

Damn, Brazil looks awesome! Some day I will go there.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Frieda,

Thank you for mentioning my name in your interview. That was an unexpected pleasure and honor. And congratulations on your success!


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Rik Ravado 7 years ago from England

Frieda my kind of hub - well written and full of great visuals - well done!


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Steve Rensch 7 years ago

And I thought I was alone in my fascination with Brazil. Ego! Now I know why. Colorful, loving, dangerous, musical, sensual. Great hub.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Nope, Steve, you're not the only one. There's a lot of us apparently. =D. I love the adjectives you use to describe it, every one of them. Thank you so much for coming by for a read.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

James, you’re most welcome! Thank YOU for writing all those interesting hubs!

Hey there Rik. How are you? I’m so glad you love it as much as I do. Thank you much. Great new Eurostar hub by the way!


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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

This is one of the interesting and educative hubs I have ever read. I love it.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thank you Philipo. Glad you enjoyed it. Fascinating place. So much more about this beautiful country as well. I may have to work on a second part another time. For now, I have a place to come and dream a bit. Good to see you. Thanks again.


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oceansnsunsets 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Freida, I really like this Brazil blog, and it makes me want to go there someday. You did a terrific job :)


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much oceansnsunsts! Good to see you. I figured this would be up your alley. I love your hubs of Greece. Beautiful photos too. Thanks for stopping in. Left you some fanmail by the way. =D


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oakleighvermont 7 years ago from Burlington, VT

What a fantastic hub! I am sold on Brazil. Now I NEED to go!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

LOL. I know oakleighvermont, I know!


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I really enjoyed reading this hub. It's very detailed and I learned so much about Brazil.


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rajesh8884 7 years ago

it is a nice post with have a nice topic.keep it up…


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manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

Wow...What a country! I'd love to go and visit Brazil. However...enjoyed a visit down to Brazil..via this hub, though! Great Hub, Frieda.


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ChRiiStiOn 7 years ago from Cape Cod Mass

I have many brazilian friends here on cape cod mass and i cant wait to go there sumday!!! (= the most exotic and beautiful ppl come from there!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hey there Chris Eddy111. Glad you learned a lot. Thank you so much for the read!

rajesh8884 thanks much.

manlypoetryman, great new profile pic, by the way. You're telling me, what a country for sure! I enjoyed my visit via this hub too! lol. Glad you enjoyed.

Greetings ChRiiStiOn. All I hear are wonderful things about the people of Brazil. I think it's so fantastic you've got such wonderful friends. Enjoy them forever!


horus 7 years ago

hope it's alright to post and hope I am not being too picky about it either.

"The official language in Brazil is Portuguese (a mixture of French and Spanish)"

this statement is incorrect or imprecise, although I think was said just to make the bridge between similarities there may exist and someone that doesn't actually speak to understand what type of language it is but Italian, French, Catalan, Romanian, Spanish and Portuguese are all descended from Latin, so one isn't a mix of 2 or 3 combined in, they only share a common origin.

I love Brazil starting with the amazing cultural differences, the music widely known...Gilberto Gil, Elis Regina, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Tom Jobim (many many others, so many!)...perfect combination between music and poetry, the food, all the nature diversity along the gigantic cultural diversity of people, that is truly unique..etc, etc!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hi horus! Not at all. I appreciate your clarifying. There's so much and so many I wanted to include. Such grand things from such a grand country (literal and play on words here). You name some wonderful artists. I'm still familiarizing myself with Poets and other authors from Brazil, and can't wait to read more; maybe I'll get a few lifetimes so I can get it all in? Thank you so much for your comment.

hey there kisszzl. thanks. You have to teach me how to make that light because it is so cool!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Frieda, I too love Brazil and the culture, though I have never been. I knew many Brazilians in NY, and dated a girl from Brazil for two years. Needless to say, I learned much about the people on the culture. Great, in-depth piece on a fascinating place!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hey there Christoph, thanks for popping by. Lucky! I think I may be the only one who never had Brazilian friends. Darn that they didn't offer to take you on a trip over there. If I get a Brazilian friend, that's going to be the first thing I ask, "So when are you going back and can I come with you?" lol. Glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks again.


tuuky 7 years ago from Utah

Hi Frieda,

Thanks for showing off my country!!!

I get to go back there in a couple of week with my wife and kids for their first time... we can't wait.

Just a note: the lady singing the anthem in one of the videos you posted is making up her own lyrics. She's very old and seemingly highly uneducated (sadly as a large part of the population), but very sweet nonetheless.

Cheers.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

TAKE ME WITH YOU! Just kidding of course. I'd say put me in a suitcase, but I'm afraid these days I could never get away with that. lol. My goodness, what fun to show them your country. Do you think it's changed much since you've left? I hope you write about it.

Thank you SO MUCH for the info on the lady, I'll be sure to add that in right away. Yes, so very sweet. I love her smile and how her eyes sparkle.

Glad you came by for a read.


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Thamisgith 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I stayed in Brazil for two and a half years - in Porto Alegre down in the south of the country. It is a great place to be and I'd recommend it to anyone. the quality of life there is great. Your hub really gets the spirit of Brazil across - great job.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

I'm so glad to hear you say that, Thamisgith; thank you so much. So lucky for you to have been able to live there for such a good amount of time. Thanks for reading, so glad you enjoyed.


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Gin Delloway 7 years ago

Great. No more words...


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Carson Creek 7 years ago

Frieda, you're a tour guide waiting for a ticket. If you find one let me know the itinerary. What a great and colorful hub.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hey there Carson. I AM waiting for a ticket. You bet your life, lol. I most certainly will. Wouldn't THAT be a dream come true. I could even make it into a podcast. "This is Frieda Babbley, reporting live from the jungles of Brazil." Thanks, wouldn't be a hub about Brazil without loads and loads of color. So glad you enjoyed.


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Abs Machine 6 years ago

Great hub!!!! Adoruuu o Braziu :D

Seriously, a wonderful hub for an amazing country!


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Muito obrigado. Estou emocionado you like this. Muito obrigado pela leitura e pelas amáveis palavras. Ele realmente é um país fabuloso.

Thanks Abs Machine.


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

very enticing.I love South America. I haven't been as far as Brazil but im hoping I can see it now. Thank you for another thoroughly researched and interesting hub.


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Isn't it though? Exciting that you got to go to South America, though. Thanks for the read. Glad you love this.


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1berry 6 years ago from Germany

mhhh nice :-)


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leigia67 6 years ago

Great article! My husband and I have talked a lot about moving to Brazil...one of these days :>...


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hello 1berry, thank you. Nice article, thanks for linking here.

leigia67, thank you so much. Ah yes, one of these days. It's on my bucket list to at least visit. Could you even imagine. And not for a weekend, like a whole season would be great. Well, if you do move to amazing Brazil, you be sure to upload photos and post the link here to them here. =)


G Gomes 6 years ago

I am brasileira, and I do not find all this things you do amazing. I am sorry, grow up here, live here and you will see quickly your mind change. Brasilians are close minded, judgmental, racist. Sure its great for outsiders that come here and don't have to go thru the real HEAT we brazilians go to. But then again, maybe the reason why I love Manhattan. We are never happy with what we got. And that applies to your country too. Brasil its not all that !!

The Brasilian


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Glad you commented G Gomes. I agree, sometimes we are not happy with what we have. There is so much, though, that is miraculous everywhere, despite that makes things ugly, for lack of a better word. And the people, they are different everywhere as well. In some things, there is not much difference.


AARON99 6 years ago

A very colorful hub about a colorful country. The photographs are just amazing. Keep writing. Enjoy.


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Thanks for reading Aaron99. Glad to see you here.


Leo 6 years ago

Hello!!!

I'm brazilian too and I disagree from what was posted by G Gomes. My country have a lot of wrong things like criminality, corruption and social problems...but we have many other good things too: the rich culture, the mix of races, the people kindness, the otimism, the nature. The truth is that we have two brazilian kind: One adopted the dictatorship period propaganda - Brazil love it or leave it! And then, they leave to Europe or USA. And the second kind is everyone that stay here fighting and trying change things. I believe this could be a better place for all.

Do you already know about Cartola and Pixinguinha? I bet you'll like.

Congratulations for homepage. Fico feliz por alguém reconhecer as belezas do Brasil (I'm happy for someone recognize the brazilian's beauties)

Obrigado e Tchau!


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Leo, yes, I'm so glad you commented. You are so so right on all counts. I'll check up on Cartola and Pixinguinha are AMAZING!!!!!! Thanks much for sharing them. And you're most welcome. Enjoy the beauty in every day. Obrigado e Tchau to you.


Leo 6 years ago

Olá de novo!

Hi again!

I was reading some posts here and I saw one when you ask why we can't use the Cerrado to plant instead... I don't know, maybe instead Amazon? (I'm guessing). But Cerrado have a lot of endemic species(few are even know) and it's so delicate ecosystem. He have the largest inundation plain of world (pantanal). The agricultural model developed in Cerrado is the problem, cause we are focused in agrobusiness, mainly soy. This farms could plant food, but I'm against all agricultural expansion in Cerrado(including one that goes to amazon).

One more music tip...search for Noel Rosa and Ary Barroso. Tom Jobim, João Gilberto and all bossa nova singers are inspired in 1930's carioca samba.(carioca = from Rio de Janeiro).

Bye bye

Tchau!


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hi again Leo. Glad you popped in again. Thanks for clearing the Cerrado issue up. That makes sense. It's hard to find solutions. It gets so complicated.

Thanks for the other music tip. I'm thrilled thrilled thrilled. Thanks so much. Very kind of you to be sharing such awesome music. Much appreciation to you.


Heraldo 6 years ago

This is great. I've gradually been falling in love with brazil over the past year or so. Check out my blog for some of my experiences over there.


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Great blog, Heraldo. Interesting. And wonderful photos. I'm following. I can imagine it to be very easy to fall in love with Brazil. Thanks so much for posting here.

Thanks eafblog. How very cool to have you here on hubpages. Yes, keep believing. Love your hub on tips when visiting Brazil. =D


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preston2farrell 6 years ago from White Plains

Hey.. i also love Brazil and its culture very much..i hope i could be the one who see Brazilian Samba..thanks for this hub


Debora Dantas 5 years ago

Primeiramente, sou brasileira.

Desculpe se estou falando em português mas o motivo é porque achei interessante um artigo sobre o brasil totalmente em inglês feito por alguém que nunca veio para cá.

Mas você está de parabéns.

Todo dia eu me surpreendo com tantas belezas naturais daqui, eu moro em Natal, "a cidade do sol" onde sempre tem sol demais.

Acho interessante que mesmo com tantas belezas, não se tem um valor agregado a isso, acredita que estão construindo edifícios enormes encima das maravilhosas dunas daqui?

Destruindo o que a humanidade poderia desfrutar em geral, um bem em comum.

A água está poluída pela falta de saneamento, água cristalina, puríssima, agora está sem poder ser consumida.

O trânsito caótico, que antes era pacifico.

Não posso reclamar muito, mas vejo que aqui no Brasil que cresceu muito nos últimos anos, não ajudou muito ao seu lado "selvagem".

Estamos nos destruindo para sermos iguais ao que se tem ai no exterior, enquanto vocês sonham com o Brasil, o Brasil sonha em se transformar no que você já estão acostumados.

Isso é correto?

Mas a grande "massa" populacional brasileira é isso que você cita, honesta, trabalhadora, divertida, alegre.

Sabia que aqui o trabalho infantil é comum e incentivado pelos pais mais pobres?

Mesmo que seus filhos trabalhem mais de 15horas numa fábrica de cerâmica para ganhar cerca de 1 dólar por dia, isso vai ser praticamente o que a família vai ter para se virar ao mês.

Enquanto eu vejo que existe muitas Organizações não governamentais descrevendo que ajudam as crianças brasileiras, eu nunca, nunca vi, com meus olhos uma que aqui na minha região ( nordeste), funcionasse isso.

Sim, tem aquelas exceções.

Mas acredite, aqueles que mais precisam de ajuda, não a tem, por um simples motivo: falta de conhecimento.

Ficaria feliz um dia que o Brasil, for só isso que seu artigo demonstra.

E aqueles que dizem que visitaram favelas, como algo de passeio turístico, digo que eram para se envergonhar de si mesmos.

Favela é um lugar que se tem pessoas humildes, trabalhadoras e que fazem ser esse país o que ele é, não um lugar para ficar sendo citado como se fosse uma atração circense.


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Mike's Corner 5 years ago from Maryland

Wow, great hub Frieda! Full of terrific information on Brazil. I was in Sao Paolo and Paraty about two years ago -- it is truly a land of great beauty and great contrasts, as you describe. I hope I get the chance to go back some day . . . My dream is to do New Year's on the beaches of Rio one year!


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Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Debora Dantas posted a wonderful comment above in Portuguese. (Thank you so very much Debora for speaking your views here on this hub.) I thought that all should be able to read it so I took it over to google translate and here's how it came out:

First, I'm Brazilian.

Sorry if I'm speaking Portuguese but the reason is because I found an interesting article on Brazil entirely in English by someone who never came here.

But you should be congratulated.

Everyday I am surprised with so many natural beauties here, I live in Natal, the "sun city" where the sun always have too.

I find it interesting that even with so many beauties, does it have a value to this, he believes they are building huge buildings on top of the beautiful sand dunes from here?

Destroying what humanity could enjoy in general a good in common.

The water is polluted by the lack of sanitation, water clear, pure, is now without power being consumed.

The traffic chaos that was once peaceful.

I can not complain much, but I see that here in Brazil that has grown in recent years, has not helped his side to "wild".

We are destroying ourselves to be equal to what we have here on the outside, while you dream of Brazil, Brazil dreams of becoming what you are accustomed.

Is that correct?

But the great "mass population of Brazil is that you cite, honest, hardworking, fun, happy.

Did you know that here child labor is common and encouraged by parents poor?

Even if your children work more than 15horas a ceramic factory to earn about $ 1 per day, this will be just what the family will have to turn around a month.

While I see there are many non-governmental organizations that help describe the Brazilian children, I never, ever saw with my eyes that one here in my area (northeast), it worked.

Yes, those have exceptions.

But believe me, those who most need help, do not have, for one simple reason: lack of knowledge.

I'd be happy one day that Brazil is the only thing that your article demonstrates.

And those who say they visited the slums, as something of tour, say they were to be ashamed of themselves.

Favela is a place that has poor people, and workers who make this country be what it is, not a place to stay being cited as though it were a circus attraction.


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Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Hi Preston2Farrell. Thanks so much. And I do hope you get to see a genuine Brazilian Salsa as well... in Brazil!

Hi Mike's Corner. Thanks! I'm so glad you found this hub. You're so lucky to have gotten to experience some of Brazil. Hope your dream of a New Year in Rio comes true. I bet it's brilliant.


Matheus 5 years ago

Uau, maravilhosa *-* fico feliz de ver o interesse de estrangeiros por minha terra *-* sou de Porto Alegre, sul do Brasil

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Wow, wonderful *-* I'm glad to see the interest of foreigners in my country *-*'m from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil

sorry the mistakes in english


ana ( flowerbyme29@gmail.com) 5 years ago

Wonderfull article, so happy to read good things about my country.

Many people have no idea about brazil life.

I ve heard so much about :samba, girls and soccer!

And u came up with somuch information and culture.

I am really glad about ur words...

U are more than welcome to come over here! Will be for sure fantastic !

Thanks for gentle and peacefull mind and Ideas u bring about this gorgeous place named brazil

:)

God bless you darlin


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hi Frieda, I forgot you had this hub or I would have visited it again before I wrote the rainforest episode of my little murder mystery/travelogue. You did a lovely, thorough job with a lot less bloodshed. =:)


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ligiaogl 5 years ago from Brazil

As a brazilian woman, it's really good to fell that everyone has an admiration for my country. People here are happy, healthy and beaultiful. And let's not forget that we are very welcoming!

You guys are all invited to come visit us here in Brazil!

You're gonna love it!

=]


jubspotter 4 years ago

I am brazilian... unfortunately...


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Goldentvmemories 4 years ago from London.

Excellent hub. I LOVE Brasil and everything about it. I've been there 3 times and hope to go again soon. You might want to add John Malathronas' book Brazil to your Amazon link. It's a great book - part personal journey and part history.


Dianna 4 years ago

I like your post! But I will add something.

Salsa is no typical from Brasil and Capoeira is a Martial Art (not a dance). But a understand what you mean :)

The most famous Brazilian Dance could be:

- Samba (carnaval)

- Samba de Gafieira (Couple dance Samba)

- Forró (Northeastern folk dance)

- Frevo (It's incredible!!)

- Lambada (It became famous cause of the music "Lambada-Kaoma")

- Zouk Lambada (Brazilian Zouk style)

- Sertanejo

- Gaucho dances & etc :D


Amanda Kaster 4 years ago

Hi Frieda, I'm working on a project to introduce the brazilian culture to foreigners, just typed "all things Brazil" (most likely title of my project) and your blog was the first one to appear.

I ended up reading all you wrote (even though I'm brazilian) and became really happy to see the response people wrote here, I had no idea so many of them said they were in love with all things brazilian, and of course happy for you to share the passion for our country.

I'm from Porto Alegre and though it's not the most beautiful city in Brazil (by far) will held some games for the world cup 2014 and you're more than welcome to come!! (and for us to meet of course)

Again, congratulations.


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Frieda Babbley 4 years ago from Saint Louis, MO Author

Diana, thank you so much for all that extra information. And I absolutely love Lambada - my favorite to dance.!

Amanda, very nice to hear that it was so easy to get to this hub. Good luck with your project. Yes, the response has been amazing and so filled with information. I would love to go to Porto Alegre some day. It's on my bucket list. I think I would need at least six months in Brazil to get even the slightest taste of it.


Naara! 3 years ago

Hellooo! I'm Brazilian, and I'm very happy to read all these comments praising Brazil, it is great to know that there are people who really have an interest in knowing my beloved country! I do not understand why some people hate the Brazil ... That bothers me because from what I know, we've never done anything wrong against other countries ... Big hub! I loved it! :)


Alexander Fornino 3 years ago

Brazil is a great country with many businesses willing to make trades. You can easily reach them through www.b2brazil.com. B2B Brazil lists many businesses with all sorts of products and services, so you can make business-to-business transactions with them easily!


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

Love the flag eye and the Brazilian dancing girls!


Yghor 13 months ago

Nice post, but Salsa is not a brazilian dance and Capoeira is not a dance ata all., even if it includes some kind of dance in its routine is a martial art.

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