Thursday, February 14, 2013

Northeast Trip and Carnival.

You haven't heard from me in over a month, so I've got a lot to share! First I'm going to talk about my trip with a bunch of other exchange students throughout the Northeast of Brazil, and then I'll talk a little bit about Carnaval here in Brazil.

Since you heard from me last (39 days ago), I have visited over 12 new cities throughout Brazil! The trip began in the beginning of January and lasted twenty-two days. I traveled with 98 other exchange students, two rotarian doctors from Argentina, four brazilian chaperones, and four bus drivers. In total we were 109 people and filled up two double decker coach buses. Of the 98 other exchange students, we had kids from Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, the USA, Finland, France, Holland, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, and Iceland. It was quite the cultural melting pot.

I could go on for pages about all the stuff we got to see, but that would be boring for you, and a lot of writing for me. So I am just going to highlight my favorite parts of the trip.

In Lencois, our second stop, we visited the Chapada Diamantina National Park. Some people call it the Grand Canyon of Brazil. It is similar to the area that I visited in November, Chapada dos Guimaraes, but much much larger. In this area, we were also able to ride a zip-line down into a lagoon, and snorkel through a water cave.

Sofie Scheuerman giving us a nice pose at Chapada Diamantina

My German friend Nico headed down the zip-line

Our next stop was Maceio, which is where I vacationed with my host brother in November, so it wasn't an entirely new experience for me. We got to go to natural pools again, in the middle of the ocean. Even though I had already been to Maceio before, it was a completely different experience to be able to go there with people from all around the world. I am not saying that I didn't have a fantastic time when I went there with my host brother, because I did.

Praia da Gunga - Maceio

After Maceio we headed up to Natal, the northernmost city we visited on the trip. It is one of the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup here in Brazil and is also home to the biggest cashew tree in the world (which we visited). It also has a large sand dune park, the second largest urban park in Brazil. One of my favorite days of the trip was when we all packed into a bunch of sand buggys/buggies? and rode through the park and ended up at a famous beach, Genipabu, where we spent the day.

Buggy Ride - Parque das Dunas - Natal

Just a section of the largest cashew tree in the world. It spreads for about a block. 

On our way to the famous city of Salvador, we stopped at Praia do Forte, or Strong Beach, and visited the TAMAR Project. TAMAR is short for Tartarugas Marinhas, or Sea Turtles. The objective of the project is to protect sea turtles from extinction along the brazilian coastline.

Feeding a huge sea turtle at the TAMAR Project
Next was Salvador, the largest city in the northeast of Brazil. It was the first colonial capital in Brazil, and one of the oldest cities in the Americas. While in Salvador we got to walk through the old part of the city and go into Sao Francisco Church. All surfaces inside the church are covered in gold. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. We also went to the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, which is where the little bracelets that everyone ties around the wrists and makes three wishes are from. I'll be bring plenty of the bracelets back with me to the states, so if you'd like a little piece of Brazil, just let me know.
Church of Sao Francisco

Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

Porto Seguro, or Safe Port, was the next city on the list. This is where the Portuguese first landed when colonizing Brazil. We got to see where they created a pillar, claiming the land, and where the first houses were.
The pillar that the Portuguese put down to claim the land.

Our second to last stop was Rio de Janeiro! It is the second largest city in Brazil and will be home to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. While in Rio, we went on a favela tour, which was one of the most eye opening experiences I have ever had. We spent the day on the famous beach Copacabana, playing in the waves and getting our tan on... unfortunately I stayed very very white. We went up to see the famous Christ statue. It was an amazing view from up at the top. Unfortunately when we went up Pao de Acucar, or Sugarloaf Mountain, it was cloudy and didn't provide for a very good view. 

Favela Rocinha - Rio de Janeiro

Praia de Copacabana

Christo Redentor


Up in clouds at Pao de Acucar
Our last destination was Angra dos Reis. Angra is surrounded by over 365 offshore islands. We spent our only day in Angra on a giant boat, stopping at a bunch of little islands to swim and play on the beaches. It was a nice last day.

Overall, the trip was very tiring, but one of the best parts of my exchange so far. It was great to meet people from other countries, learn a couple words in some other languages, but mostly just be around a bunch of exchange students who are away from home for a year just like I am.

Here is a link to the video I made from the film I took while on the trip. Give it a look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBGdrayt_3M

Also if you're interested in looking at more pictures, here is my Facebook album from the trip. I changed the privacy to Public so everyone should be able to see it.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151631284748502.614682.810728501&type=3


Carnival.

Carnival is the annual festival held in Brazil from the Friday to Tuesday before Ash Wednesday to mark the beginning of Lent, the forty day period before Easter. Unfortunately I was able to go a larger city for Carnival, where they have street carnival and all the samba school performances, etc. But it was still an enjoyable couple of days. Every night we would go out from 10pm to 4-7am, and dance and watch the performances. It was a long five days, but I survived and am excited for my next Carnival, whenever that might be.

Coming Up.
This Friday I leave to visit my host sister at college in the south. Then straight from there I will go on my South American Adventure trip.

Until next post!








2 comments:

  1. ALWAYS SODOMIZED BY DICKS LONG 30 CM, COSTANZA BARRAI, BORN IN MILAN ON 1.1.1999, EX INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MILAN. SEMPRE INCULATA DA CAZZONI DI 30 CM, COSTANZA BARRAI, NATA A MILANO IL 1.1.1999, EX INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MILANO. E AD APPENA 18 ANNI (E 18 ANI CHE SI DOVRA' RIFARE, SE CONTINUA COSI', E FRA MOLTO POCO). MEGA COCAINOMANE. STA FACENDO FILM PORNO A RAFFICA ( CATEGORIA: TEEN AGER NINFOMANE)! PRENDENDO NELL'ANO FALLI "ESOTICI" LUNGHI PIU' DI MEZZO METRO! E STA INIZIANDO, ORA, ANCHE A FARE DEPRAVATISSIMI PORNO FILM LESBICI. D'ALTRONDE.... VENNE SODOMIZZATA DA SEMPRE DAL PADRE.. BASTARDO PEDOFILO PAOLO BARRAI NATO A MILANO IL 28.6.1965. IL PEZZO DI MERDA COLPEVOLISSIMO DI STO DRAMMA. CHE DOVREBBE MARCIRE IN GALERA FOR EVER AND EVER. SU CUI TROVATE, " NON POCHISSIMO", QUI:
    https://es-la.facebook.com/public/Truffati-Da-Paolo-Barrai
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    SI... E´ SBORRATA SEMPRE TUTTA DENTRO AL CULO: COSTANZA BARRAI! NATA A MILANO IL 1.1.1999, BORN IN MILAN ON 1.1.1999! EX INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MILAN.
    DICIOTTENNE E FA FILM PORNO A GO GO!
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    PRENDENDO PROFONDAMENTE NEL CULO CAZZI "ESOTICI" PURE DI 30-32-35 CM ( E LE PIACE SEMPRE DI PIU', SEMPRE DI PIU', SEMPRE DI PIU')! D'ALTRONDE..VENNE, GIA' DALLA NASCITA, SODOMIZZATA DAL BASTARDO CRIMINALISSIMO PADRE. NOTO PEDOFILO PAOLO BARRAI. NATO A MILANO IL 28.6.1965 ( E NOTO PEDERASTA INCULA BAMBINI ERA PURE SUO NONNO, SCHIFOSISSIMO PEDOFILO VINCENZO BARRAI ABITANTE IN VIA PADOVA 282 A MILANO E NATO A MILANO IL 3.5.1938... A "KAPO' " DI SCHIFOSISSIMAMENTE MALAVITOSA BSI ITALIA SRL MILANO, VIA SOCRATE 26 http://jenkins-ci.361315.n4.nabble.com/BASTARDAMENTE-CRIMINALE-BSI-ITALIA-SRL-VIA-SOCRATE-26-MILANO-CON-A-quot-KAPO-quot-2-NOTI-PEDOFILI-VI-td4896202.html)!
    E A PROPOSITO DI STI ULTIMI DUE BASTARDI MOSTRI....

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    E' DAVVERO DA ARRESTARE SUBITO ( PRIMA CHE FACCIA AMMAZZARE ANCORA), IL TERRORISTA NAZISTA ED ASSASSINO, PAOLO BARRAI, NATO A MILANO IL 28.6.1965. NONCHE' MEGA RICICLA SOLDI MAFIOSI E POLITI-C-RIMINALI, OSSIA FRUTTO DI MEGA RUBERIE E MEGA MAZZETTE, RICEVUTE DA LEGA LADRONA E STRAGISTA SPAPPOLA MAGISTRATI, NONCHE', TANTO QUANTO, NAZIFASCISTA DITTATORE E PEDOFILO SILVIO BERLUSCONI! DICEVO, E' DAVVERO DA ARRESTARE UNA QUARTA VOLTA, E SUBITO, IL TERRORISTA NAZISTA ED ASSASSINO, PAOLO BARRAI ( ASSICURANDOSI CHE QUESTA VOLTA RIMANGA IN CARCERE PER SEMPRE O PER LO MENO PER DECENNI E DECENNI). NON PER NIENTE, GIA' STATO IN GALERA 3 VOLTE. OPINIONI TUTTE TERRIFICANTI SU DI LUI! MEGA TRUFFATORE E MEGA RICICLA CASH LERCIO CHE PIU' LERCIO NON SI POTREBBE, VIA CRIMINALISSIMA BLOCKCHAIN INVEST, OLTRE CHE VIA CRIMINALISSIMA WORLD MAN OPPORTUNITIES LUGANO, CRIMINALISSIMA WMO SA PANAMA E CRIMINALISSIMA BSI ITALIA SRL DI VIA SOCRATE 26 MILANO! NOTO PEDOFIL-O-MOSESSUALE SODOMIZZA BAMBINI PAOLO BARRAI! CACCIATO DA CITIBANK A SBERLE, PER MEGA FRODI CHE LI FACEVA ( IL FUNZIONARIO SUPER DELINQUENTE DI CITIBANK MILANO DELLA FINE DI QUESTO ARTICOLO E' LUI http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2001/02/19/maxi-evasione-da-400-miliardi-terenzio-sotto-torchio.html )! SBAGLIA SEMPRE IN BORSA! AZZERA I RISPARMI DI CENTINAIA DI PERSONE! FALSO&LADRO&TRUFFATORE! DIFFAMA SUL WEB A FINI NAZIRAZZISTI! FONDATORE DEI NUOVI MEG-A-SSASSINI MOVIMENTI TERRORISTI DI ESTREMA DESTRA: "NEO NAR"! FONDATORE DEL, PROSSIMAMENTE, DI FREQUENTE, OMICIDA: KU KLUK KLAN PADANO! CONDANNATO AL CARCERE A MILANO ED IN BRASILE ( 8 ANNI E PURE PER PEDERASTIA OMOSESSUALE, RIPETO, PURE PER PEDERASTIA OMOSESSUALE)! MULTATO DA CONSOB BEN 70.000 €! DESTABILIZZA L'ITALIA PER FILO NAZISTI SERVIZI SEGRETI SVIZZERI ( ITALIA, DICEVAMO, DA 30 ANNI, GIUSTAMENTE, NAZIONE SCHIFATA IN TUTTO IL MONDO, IN QUANTO FASCIOMAFIOSA DITTATURA DI BERLUSCONIA.. NON PER NIENTE, TUTTE I MIGLIORI CERVELLI PRIVATI E TUTTE LE PIU' GRANDI INDUSTRIE, IN ITALIA DA SECOLI, DALLA TIRANNI-A-SSASSINA DI BERLUSCONIA SON SCAPPATE, VEDI FIAT, PIRELLI, LUXOTTICA, MERLONI E MIGLIAIA E DI ALTRE... E CHE SIA CHIARO, PLS, CHE IDDIO BENEDICA I GRANDI PM ED EX PM CHE NON SOPPORTANTO IL CANCRO DEL MONDO INTERO SILVIO BERLUSCONI, COME HENRY WOODCOCK, ILDA BOCASSINI, ANTONIO INGROIA E CHIUNQUE ALTRO DI QUESTA AMMIREVOLISSIMA CATEGORIA)! FA CRIMINI SU CRIMINI E NAZI-ST-ALKING, SU INTERNET, SU ORDINE DEI BASTARDI CRIMINALI SILVIO BERLUSCONI, PAOLO BERLUSCONI ED UBALDO LIVOLSI DI FININVEST ( PER NON DIRE SU ORDINE DEL FIGLIO, PADRE E MARITO DI PUTTANE ENNO DORIS DI MEDIOLANUM). IL BASTARDO, PURE ASSASSINO, PAOLO BARRAI, E' ANCHE, DA SEMPRE, INNEGGIANTE ALLO SPAPPOLAMENTO DI MAGISTRATI SCOMODI "COME BERLUSCONI GRANDEMENTE FECE CON FALCONE E BORSELLINO"! PAROLE SUE, DETTE SPESSISSIMO! FU LUI AD ORGANIZZARE L'OMICIDIO DI DAVID ROSSI DI MONTE PASCHI!
    Avrei tantissimo altro da scrivere sul gia' 3 volte finito in galera, accertato pedofilo omosessuale, ladro, truffatore, sempre falso, nazi-st-alker, mandante di omicidi ( spesso, ma non sempre, mascherati da finti incidenti, malori o "suicidate"... come quando fece ammazzare David Rossi di Monte Paschi), mega ricicla soldi mafiosi e/o politico-criminali (piu' tanto di orrido altro), arrestato gia' 3 volte, Paolo Barrai, nato a Milano il 28.6.1965 e gia' residente a Milano in Via Ippodromo 105! Come presto meglio sottolineeremo, multato pure dalla Consob ben 70.000 euro!

    http://www.consob.it/main/documenti/hide/afflittivi/pec/mercati/2013/d18579.htm

    VI SONO TONNELLATE DI ALTRE COSE DA DIRE SU QUANTO SIA BASTARDAMENTE EFFERATO CRIMINALE E PEDOFILO, PAOLO BARRAI. NE TROVATE UNA NON PICCOLISSIMA PARTE ( CHE PRESTO AMPLIEREMO ALL'INFINITO)... QUI:
    https://es-la.facebook.com/public/Truffati-Da-Paolo-Barrai

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