Brazil for all

Recently I received by post a beautiful photo book that my sister sent from Brazil: Cataratas do Iguaçu (also referred as Iguassu Falls, Iguazu Falls and Iguazú Falls). The intention is to show friends and family here some of the most attractive tourist spots in the south of Brazil. I have been there in the past, but it was a rainy and cloudy day and I could not get the most out of it. The breathtaking pictures in the book made me revisit the area and think how much we admire Brazil’s beauty when we are not there.


Beautiful Brazil

It is easy to see beauty in Europe – the scenarios are very different and so are the people. Everything is novelty (at least in the beginning), but after a while our attention shifts to our roots, to where we come from. Our special and majestic Brazilian beaches, historical cities, green areas and people are unmatched.

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In November 2012, Michael Palin (pronounced /ˈpeɪlin/ ) launched a book entitled Brazil. The author, an English actor, writer, presenter and comedian, travelled around Brazil with his team to produce a series that was shown in the UK between October and November 2012. The book encapsulates his experience through –literally- different angles, as the amazing photos show the readers. I have not bought the book (it is expensive at the moment), but I spent a good while in a bookshop browsing through its pages. I recommend it.

Brazil on focus

It is a great feeling having someone of Michael’s calibre involved in such an elaborate work about Brazil. I came to know about the book when I was watching a talk show and the author was one of the guests. The book would be launched on the following day here in Ireland. In the show, Palin talked about various topics, including living humble, how advanced indians are, safety, rich and poor. A recording of him and a pink dolphin was shown to the public. He also highlighted Brazilians’ spontaneity and friendliness, which I especially liked.

Now, the world knows a bit more about Brazil. Whether is just out of curiosity or genuine interest in the country – due to the major events that are coming up in the next few years – we are stretching our horizons. The rising giant of world economy is about to experience a recognition beyond its position in the BRICS. We have to wait and see.

Check Michael in Rio de Janeiro talking to a local resident:

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Erica De Monaco Lowry

Erica De Monaco Lowry has been living in Ireland since 2008. She is a teacher, an interpreter, a translator, a tour guide and an insatiable learner. Her favorite pastimes include reading, travelling, socialising and catching up with her family.

19 comentários

  • 17/01/13  
    Majestic Brazil « Guinness with Guaraná diz: 1

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    • 17/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      Erica De Monaco Lowry !

    • 17/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      Hi, Lu. I’m glad you enjoyed the text and are promoting it. Could you just mention the source (www.englishexperts.com.br) and change my name? It’s Erica De Monaco Lowry. Thanks a mil!

  • 17/01/13  
    sandrom diz: 2

    It´s quite pleasant to realize how people around the world are becoming more and more interested in Brazil´s stuff. Not only interested in beaches and carnival, but also in brazilian culture and people.

    I think this book must be delightful and it might grab the attention to the beauty of the brazilian landscapes, culture and people.

    Finally, after watching the video I learnt from where comes the idiom “qual é a sua praia”.

    Thanks Erica, always a good post.

    • 17/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      You’re very welcome, Sandrom. Thanks for your comment.

    • 18/01/13  
      João B. L. Ghizoni diz:

      Sandrom, I thought exactly the same as you when I heard that expression (Which beach do you go to?), which reminded me of the one you said in Portuguese!

    • 21/01/13  
      Héber diz:

      Me too!
      Hugs

  • 17/01/13  
    Felipe Ferrugem diz: 3

    Hii Erica!!! Really nice post.. I appreciated it a lot.. You’re always coming up with excelent posts..

    I’m thinking about going to Ireland soon.. Hope to see you there!

    Love,
    Felipe.

    • 20/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      Hi, Felipe. Thanks a mil! Great to hear you’re coming to Ireland. You’re certainly going to enjoy it! :-)

  • 17/01/13  
    FGasperini diz: 4

    Wonderful text!. I’m a huge Michael Palin fan and I love his work with the Monty Python group and also his travel diaries. He is known as the “nicest man in England” and this video is just a small prove of it. I’m really looking forward to buy this in Blu-ray. Palin talking about our beautiful country. Classic!

    • 20/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      Thanks, FGasperini. Michael is great indeed and he was the perfect guy to write about Brazil. His humour and engagement with the Brazilians made all the difference. Share with us more after seeing the Blu-ray. :-)

  • 18/01/13  
    Teacher Chris diz: 5

    Such an excellent matter indeed. I also love the fact that recently, foreign people are more interested on getting to know our country better.
    And actually I am one of these, even being brazilian I don’t know much about my own country. Brazil is SO big. I promissed myself to travel more in order that I can get to know more about it.

    teacherchris: “Please, have a sense o humor” :D

    • 20/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      It’s a great decision, Chris. People are very interested in getting to know more about our country and i If we don’t learn about it we won’t be able to encourage anyone to visit Brazil.

  • 18/01/13  
    Felipe diz: 6

    Hi everyone,

    I really thought very interesting this work that Michael Palin did!
    Almost everyone who doesn’t live in Brazil have a thought different our Brazil, I agree with topic relationship violent, large inequal financial , however Brazil isn’t just it!

    Here there a lot of beautiful places like Rio de Janeiro’s beaches, Porto Seguro, Iguazu Falls, Fernando de Norona and cities where is possible see a world different, polite peoples and feel nature

    • 20/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      So true, Felipe. We Brazilians would have a totally different country if we valued more what we have and promoted it in a better way. :-)

  • 18/01/13  
    João B. L. Ghizoni diz: 7

    Congratlations again, Erica! What a nice post! And I also liked the piece of video you included. It is a nice text with a good illustration. It gave us a glimpse of what the whole documentary must be like. Very good indeed. And I hope Mr. Palin visited the awesome Southern part of Brazil (I live in Florianópolis, the very beautiful capital of Santa Catarina).

    • 20/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      He did visit SC, Joao! I love Florianopolis and agree with you, it’s beautiful. Thanks for your post. :-)

  • 20/01/13  
    Stan diz: 8

    …seeing the Brazil not only as the land of beautiful women and carnival…that’s all!!
    so cool!!! excellent post!!!
    hugs,

    • 21/01/13  
      Erica Lowry diz:

      True. We’re so much more than that. Thanks, Stan. :-)