To portuguese

is indeed a verb in Portuguese: Aportuguesar; which is nothing else but to adapt a word from a foreign language. Usually, this is done by modifying the spelling of the word, in order to keep its pronunciation similar:

  • tuitar - to tweet
  • beisebol – baseball

And, the absolute favourite in our house: bleacaute – blackout.

Sometimes however, the original spelling is kept and only modified so far as to make a proper verb, e.g. pasteurizar or parboilizar which has then all the properties & conjugations of any (regular) verb.

Parboilizar

Update: seen today just after publishing for the first time: rali – rally

A few impressions from Curitiba

If it weren’t for the 15°C inside the house with no heating, one could forget that it’s ‘winter’ down here.

A Copa – a look back

Despite the fears and worries it started with, the world cup turned out to be quite an organizational success. In football terms, most Brazilians could have done without that semi-final* against Germany…

Though even after that stunning game and painful defeat, our Brazilian friends continued to be fantastic hosts. Having wisely made the decision to watch the semi-final apart, we came back together for the final and found our friends  cheering louder for Germany than we did. In a room that was beautifully decorated in German colours.

I probably made this comment before, still: Brazil might have many political, social and economic problems, but the people are great. The hospitality we experienced, the passion for futebol, and the cheerful yet critical pride in their own nation & its football team – it really makes a good place to live.


* Interesting side note: As the Brazilian team progressed through the world cup, the coach became “Felipão” - the great Felipe – in the newspapers and on TV. After the 7-1 defeat, he was referred to as Luis Felipe Scolari again.

 

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Flip-flops for every occasion

Floppies for every occasion
The ones for going to the movies were out…


This post is neither sponsored nor endorsed by a major company – with a name vaguely resembling one of the US states –  producing flip-flops.

There is no better way

Welcome to Blumenau

to mark the beginning of a historic city centre than by an ugly, high-rising and abandoned construction site.

Admittingly, we should have known what to expect from Blumenau at exactly this moment in time. Still, as Germans living in Southern Brazil, we had been asked “Have you been to Blumenau?” so many times, that we assumed that there must be something worth-while visiting.

Well…

To frame it positively, one could argue that Blumenau has the authentic charm of many other historic city centres in Brazil: two dozens or so of old buildings and in between some of the ugliest architectural sins the 1960s and 1970s had to offer.

To be fair: the city centre is clean, it’s safe to walk even on a Sunday (note to self: never visit city centres on Sundays – shops are closed!) and the few historic buildings that harbor banks like Santander, Bradesco or Itaú, have been artfully restored, probably by the funds of the very institutions they house.

A part from that?

Well…

At least, we didn’t spend too much time on it.

Hiking in Santa Catarina- a rough guide

As I have found little to no English information online, here is a rough guide for hiking on the Ilha de Santa Catarina.

  • We ignored Florianopolis, the capital – lovingly nicknamed Floripa – and drove straight to the other side of the island
  • We stayed overnight in Barra da Lagoa and did 2 longer walks, 11 km each with 4 km optional*
  • The first tour starts directly in Barra da Lagoa, on the other side of the pretty blue pedestrian bridge. Just ask the locals for a trilha and you’ll be shown were to go.
  • Follow the lightly beaten path – there is no other till reaching Praia Mole.
  • Take the road for a km or so direction Lagoa da Conceição till your GPS** (seriously, take one) indicates a path to Praia de Cravata.
  • Enjoy the sights there but stop walking before getting your legs all scratched by these:
    Spiky
  • For the second tour, we drove to the South of the Island and parked the car close to the Praia matadeiro
  • The trail starts by taking left after crossing the little river on a small wooden bridge.
  • Keep on walking, cross the next beach – at the end of it, you’ll find the continuation of the path.
  • Up in the mountains it goes, and on and on till reaching the praia of Lagoinha do Leste – a beach that’s only accessible through trails.
  • After a good break and another walk by the beach, find the wooden sign indicating the trail to Pantana do Sul and from here the bus back to where your car stands.

Honestly, the trails are sometimes not more than a washed out stream, in other words: steep, slippery and occasionally muddy. I hence highly recommend good hiking shoes even if you meet invariable and infallibly a Brazilian doing the same trail wearing floppies. Also take something to eat and lots to drink as there is sometimes a bit of infrastructure but sometimes not.

For us, it was very enjoyable to hike along this rough coast with its chilly winds alternating dense vegetation and lonely beaches.

É muito recomendado! 

More Panorama


* Optional as in either taking the bus or walking back by the road

** We’re using the OsmAnd app as you can actually see the trails if zooming in closely enough.

Hiking in Brazil

is not always the easiest thing to do. Being pampered by Having grown up with German standards, hiking in Brazil is something more of an adventure. The first challenge is usually to know of the existence of ‘a trilha’ – a hiking path – and the 2nd is to find the very same.

In the Northeast, the latter was close to impossible as ways were simply not marked or only accessible through private ground or – worse – through sugar cane fields. Coming South, we had already been advised that winter is the best time for hiking as it’s less hot and as there are less annoying animals – think spiders, snakes or mosquitoes – around.

So with a long four-day weekend and a glorious weather forecast ahead, we went to Ilha de Santa Catarina to explore the local surroundings.

What shall I say?

It was beautiful!!

2 and a half amazing hikes over hills, through forests and along beaches, spotting wild goats* on one day and dolphins on the next. Add to this pretty flowers, mighty rocks and the great feeling to be out of the office, out of the city for a change: marvelous!


* OK, probably ‘only’ tame goats gone wild but who cares… They had a little one!!