Archive for May, 2008
The Brazil Travel Blog brings you every month a calendar for you to use on your computer desktop.
Here is the June 2008 calendar, we are still on the island of Florianópolis, this time watching the sun go down at the Joaquina dunes.
Remember, a new calendar every month!
In Brazil, the criteria used for the numbering of the streets is strictly mathematical. The number assigned to a given building or house corresponds to the distance in metres from the point where they are located to the beginning of the street. So, number 540 of the Liberdade street is 540 metres from the beginning of the street. This is very useful when it comes to calculate how far you need to go on a given street. Of course, in shortish streets it makes no difference whatsoever. But bear in mind there are plenty of very long streets in Brazil. Avenida Sapopemba, in São Paulo, is 42.5 km long!!! Number 200 is really far away from number 41,000!
In the bigger cities, the street names are well identified. Instead of plaques stuck to the walls of the buildings, there are signs in all corners, with information showing the street number and the numbers contained in the block of houses where the sign is found.
A neat visual trick at the Dragão do Mar Cultural Centre in Fortaleza. The optical illusion becomes apparent as you get closer to the end of the footbridge.
In Brazilian Portuguese (in Portugal they say pequeno-almoço) café-da-manhã means breakfast. As a rule, in Brazil breakfast is included in the price of accommodation. Whether you are staying at a top hotel or at humble pousada, there will always be breakfast waiting for you in the morning. In Brazil, hotels that do not include breakfast on their tariffs do so either because they belong to a foreign chain that didn’t follow the local custom, or because they are incredibly mean – or both things at the same time!
Breakfast at a Brazilian pousada or hotel is far more abundant than a continental breakfast (coffee and croissant). There are always three main ingredients: fruit (Brazilians love eating fruit for breakfast), savoury dishes (there will be at least ham and cheese so you can prepare your toast) and sweets. As well as fruit juice.
The more expensive the place, the more choices you will get for breakfast. Some of the ingredients will change from one day to another. You can also expect a regional touch (tapioca in the North East, for instance).
For those travelling on a budget, Brazilian breakfasts are an excellent chance to satisfy your appetite for the long day ahead.