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Living in the past

Today was one of my favorite days because we spent the day learning about Brazil’s history and I am a huge history buff!

We spent the day in Petropolis, the imperial city, which stands for Peter’s city, who was the emperor of Brazil in the 17th century. We started the day in the former imperial palace turned museum.

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Unfortunately we could not take pictures inside the museum but it was absolutely beautiful! Learning the history of Brazil was great, and as a political science major, comparing the imperial history to that of other countries was especially rewarding and eye opening for me.

As we walked through Petropolis it looked as if the town hadn’t been touched since the 17th century. Even a house we walked by that was having construction done on it looked straight out of the imperial period. You could see the Brazilian people had a strong and proud connection to their history; something you don’t see a lot in the United States.

Next was a quick stop at another cathedral, a typical French style cathedral but beautiful nonetheless. Here, don’t take my word for it

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Our next stop was lunch where we had some authentic food once again! Those who know me know that I love to eat and I love food. Those that know me well know my favorite food is Shepard’s Pie and today I had the Brazilian version and it was delicious! Now it’s not grams Shepard’s pie but it did the job today!

Our final stop was at the Bohemia Cervejaria (brewery) where we learned about the history of beer and alcohol both in Brazil and the world. Did you know the Egyptians introduced the world to beer? Maybe that should be one of the 7 wonders of the world instead of the pyramids (just kidding). It was an extremely interactive your with games and photo opportunities the whole way. At the end we got to taste two types of Bohemian beers, a Pilsen and a Confraria. Now I’m not much of a beer person (at least I’m assuming so because I am not 21 so I’ve OBVIOUSLY neeeever had alcohol) but the Pilsen was pretty good!

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Another great day in Brazil in the (history) books. Hope you’re enjoying following my journey half as much as I’m enjoying having it!

Totally a tourist

So today we completely played the part of tourist and went all around Rio on a cultural tour and visited some pretty cool places of interest.

Our first stop was the site where Carnival is held each year. We saw the area where as many as 2 million people gather to dance and listen to traditional Brazilian music. We had the opportunity to try on some traditional samba costumes so of course I jumped at the opportunity! 20140617-220000-79200317.jpg
Personally I think I look great! And let me tell you, after five minutes I was sweating so I couldn’t imagine what it’s like for the dancers in the summer heat!

We next stopped at a catholic cathedral unlike any I had ever seen. When I hear cathedral I think typical cathedral like that in Italy or Spain. This was different because it was built in the shape of a cone, with inspiration from the Mayan Pyramids. It was definitely unique but really cool. It was designed to represent the people. A large base to represent all the people and narrow at the top to represent the small amount of people who made it into heaven.

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The last stop was the Escadaria Selarón or Selarón’s Staircase. Which is a set of 215 steps in the middle of Rio where the artist spent 25 years decorating the stairs with artwork from all over the world!

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Another great day topped off by FINALLY having authentic Brazilian food and it was delicious!!