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Old March 10th, 2008, 09:34 AM   #81
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A shameless bump by myself.... as I didn't want to lose this thread to the archives. Brings back too many fabulous, warm memories on this very late Winter day!
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Old March 25th, 2008, 05:13 AM   #82
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I'm glad to see you could feel what Brazil really is. But you visited only a small piece of our country.
When you come here again and visit other states, you'll see that every state have its own food, its own culture, its own way to speak... it makes a trip around Brazil an unique experience.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 01:32 AM   #83
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Very, very interesting to see Brazil through the eyes of a foreigner. But there are some misunderstandig here that would hurt some Afro-Brazilians feelings, you know...You call Umbanda "Voo doo". There is no Voo Doo in Brazil. Umbanda, Candomblé are very specifcs Afro-Brazilian Religions...
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From Canada to Brazil...

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Thanks guys! Glad you liked the pix! I took around 500 so it was hard to narrow it down. The flight is not so bad... about 10 hours from Toronto, and it is overnight so you can sleep. If you are into cold beer, delicious caipirinhas, gorgeous people, amazing music, dancing and exotic beaches, then it may be for you!
I made it my mission to personally inspect the inside bottom of as many Bohemia beer bottles as was humanly possible!! . Best way to cool down a sweaty gringo!
I hope you come back again later! São Paulo is beautiful, but what about Curitiba next time?

Tanguá Park - Curitiba/PR - South Brazil


Ópera de Arame - Curitiba/PR - South Brazil


Our Botanic Garden - Curitiba/PR - South Brazil


One of our Public Transportation


Remember, that is up to you.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 07:07 AM   #85
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Very, very interesting to see Brazil through the eyes of a foreigner. But there are some misunderstandig here that would hurt some Afro-Brazilians feelings, you know...You call Umbanda "Voo doo". There is no Voo Doo in Brazil. Umbanda, Candomblé are very specifcs Afro-Brazilian Religions...
Sorry if it offended... I was told it was similar as a translation, but obviously that is wrong. Voodoo also came from Africa. To be honest, finding people who speak English in Sao Paulo is not easy.. the city is not really geared toward tourists, and I only heard it being spoken about two or three times in the entire week.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 07:32 AM   #86
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Sorry if it offended... I was told it was similar as a translation, but obviously that is wrong. Voodoo also came from Africa. To be honest, finding people who speak English in Sao Paulo is not easy.. the city is not really geared toward tourists, and I only heard it being spoken about two or three times in the entire week.
well... voodoo is a different afro religion. Whatever. I really dont care about any religion.

if you are interested in researching of course, there is always the mighty Wikipedia

After researching come back and explain to me the differences!
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Old March 26th, 2008, 04:51 PM   #87
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Granted they are different, but the art of "casting spells", etc.. is also done in this religion, so I am not entirely certain why the comparison to "voodoo" would be considered insulting. My b/f is from Brazil and said it is very common where he came from for, example, a woman who has a cheating husband to go to the Pai de Santo and get a spell cast on him. The religions may be different, but I suspect they are both from the same original roots. These African derived religions are known in the Caribbean, New Orleans, as well as Brazil. However, if someone finds it insulting, please excuse the comparison.
I remember visiting a voodoo shop in New Orleans, and it was fascinating.
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its absolutely not insulting to me.

I think most brazilians wouldnt mind you comparing the two afro-religions, but some of them would like you just to know they are not the same thing.

as for the people who DO believe in such religions... it may be a big insulting maybe. Like some alien thinking Islan and Chrstianity are the same religion...

(and well, from a atheist point of view, they really are!! )


But I am propense to worship Kthulhu!
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Old March 26th, 2008, 06:41 PM   #89
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Anyhow, I won't make an issue about it, but I was surprised one could feel hurt from the comparison to voodoo, which is much more known in our culture. Islam and Christianity are from two entirely different roots. I am not getting the feeling that this is the same case here. Seems to me more like the comparison of two types of Christianity. My b/f was a bit surprised when I told him, too. There are so many links between the cultures of the region.. Caribbean, Northern parts of Brazil, even New Orleans that go back to the common origin of Africa, and to the slave trade. Food, music, dance, and to a degree these older religions.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:20 AM   #90
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I love your thread about Brazil and how respectfull you are about the country. Ilhabela is fabulous. I really like those Candomble/Umbanda houses too. I am not into those religions but I find those figures very attractive for some reason. My dad is obsessed with Afro-Brazilian religions and he gave me this name, Iemanja. People think it is weird, my life would be easier if my name was Janaina...

Congratulations, you seem to be very sensitive and you captured beautiful moments. I will go to Brasil in December, I can't wait. I will visit your photoblog.

Thanks for those pictures. I had tears in my eyes, for a moment, so many memories and familiar places...

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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:25 AM   #91
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Thank you! I had a marvellous time in Brazil, and am hoping to go back this winter. It is an incredible country and I was treated extremely well. I was pleased with how some of the pictures turned out, as the camera I had at the time was a very small, simple one. Next visit I look forward to seeing Rio and perhaps Salvador!!
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:02 AM   #92
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Cool! Tonight I will show this thread to my partner. Maybe I'll convince him to go to Brazil with me soon...gee we've been together for 4 years and he just does not want to come to Brazil with me! Probably because my father is still too "close minded" if you understand me, but his idea of a holiday is sun and beach and Brazil is just fantastic for that!
I'm glad you enjoyed Brazil. You should come to Australia sometime soon. Amazing looking places over here as well, very laid back and quite similar to Brazil in a lot of things...brazilians here say it is the "Brazil where things went right"...
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Old June 26th, 2008, 05:55 AM   #93
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I wish there were foreign forumers in Sao Paulo right now just to post their impressions about the city in this year time because people usually come over here in the summer and dont have idea of how much cold the city is in the winter, with temperatures in the morning of 4ºC, then going to 12ºC at mid day and then decreasing again in the night. Ok, If you are from Canada and are acustomed to -20ºC, these n00b temperatures of Sao Paulo are not that much impressive, but for who's from a country that is not that cold and come to Brazil thinking it will only find sun and hot weather would have a surprise to know they'll be landing on a freezer.

Anyway, people must visit the city because it's indeed impressive by its size and there's also no problem coming here in the winter because people are friendly and warm. Me for example, I never deny any information for tourists, no matter the language, no matter the color, no matter what, If there is anyone asking me for info, I'll always treat the person very well. We're naturally friendly, specially in SP where most of people have italian background, we're all polite.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:45 PM   #94
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a bump so that I don't lose my old threads to the archives!
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Old December 31st, 2008, 12:46 AM   #95
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with temperatures in the morning of 4ºC, then going to 12ºC at mid day and then decreasing again in the night.
yeah, right

those are RARE temperatures in São Paulo. 4º in the morning? HAHAHA. São Paulo usually dont get below 10º in the winter... and that in cold days.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 09:54 AM   #96
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Very nice pics Taller, Better great thread too
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Beautiful tour TB. Thanks for the pix
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Beautiful tour TB. Thanks for the pix
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Old January 26th, 2009, 04:10 AM   #99
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Thanks guys! I miss Brazil and am hoping to go back next winter!
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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:44 AM   #100
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Here some pics of my lasts holidays in Brazil. Florianopolis Island, Santa Catarina State, Southern Brazil. It's is an amazing place....

Galheta. The Naturist Beach



Joaquina Beach. The place of surfers


Barra da Lagoa Village






Armação Beach



Nearby Barra da Lagoa Beach




Campeche Island





Florianopolis City











Barra da Lagoa Beach

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