Bailefunk – Favela Funk

There are few topics that are hotter to debate in Brazil than the music style that is referred to as Bailefunk. In this short article I will try to explain a little about its history and why it is so debated. Debated “Take it up your ass, you whore! You’re not more woman than I, […]

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Football Players From Rio – Romário

In 2014 the former footballer Romário was elected senator of Rio de Janeiro, in this article I will present you with the story of this charismatic Carioca. With more official goals (772) scored than Pelé (767) he is not only one of Brazil’s all time greats, he is also one of the most loved footballers […]

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Football Players From Rio – Zico

There are some football players that have managed to rise above local rivalries and become loved by fans from all clubs, Zico is one of them. This a short text about one of the most loved football players from Rio de Janeiro, sometimes referred to as The White Pelé. Humble Beginning Arthur Antunes Coimbra was […]

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Manioc Root in Brazil

In Brazil there is one tuber that is capable of creating stronger reactions than any other, the root of the manioc. An important source of carbohydrates, processed and used in innumerable ways it has a clear connotation to Indians and traditional culture. Many Names In English manioc root can also be referred to as cassava […]

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Famous Outlaws and Criminals From Brazil – Part Two – Escadinha

Here continues the article series about legendary outlaws of Brazil, the Robin Hoods and Dick Turpins of this country. In this text the turn has come to the Rio shanty town bandit known as Escadinha. The Most Famous Favela Bandit José Carlos dos Reis Encina, better known as Escadinha (Por: Little Stair), is probably the […]

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Names of Neighbourhoods and Places in Rio de Janeiro – Part Three

Here continues my article series about names of neighbourhoods and places in Rio. This time I will bring up Flamengo, Tijuca, Muda, Laranjeiras and Urca. Flamengo – Several Theories The theories of where the name of what was once perhaps Rio’s wealthiest neighbourhood are several. The first connection most people make is with the bird […]

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Famous Outlaws and Criminals From Brazil – Part One – Lampião

All countries have them; outlaws and criminals that have reached almost legendary status. Names like Spartacus, Robin Hood and Jesse James have sparked the imagination of both writers and ordinary people since thousands of years. In this article series I intend to write about some of these that have had their base in Brazil. I […]

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Names of Neighbourhoods and Places in Rio de Janeiro – Part Two

This is the second article in the series about names of neighbourhoods and places in Rio de Janeiro, from a historical and cultural perspective the origins of these are often of great value. In the last article I explained the propable origins of the neighbourhoods Ipanema and Copacabana as well as Parque de Catacumbas and […]

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Names of Neighbourhoods and Places in Rio de Janeiro – Part One

Just like in almost every other city or town names of neighbourhoods and places in Rio often carry lots of history as well. Often they refer to important people, events in history and other interesting facts. In this article I will describe a few of these. One of the peculiarities with Rio de Janeiro that […]

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Rio’s Waterholes – The Boteco and the Botequim

The botecos or botequins of Rio are traditional places Brazilians frequent to enjoy beer, snack food and good company. The history of the existence of these type of establishments can be traced back to the 19th century. What is a boteco? I first arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 2003, I was instantly charmed by […]

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Rio’s Waterholes – The Pé-sujo

Some large cities have developed quite defined eating and drinking establishments, Rio de Janeiro is one of those. Perhaps the most interesting and special is a variety in the local vernacular referred to as pé-sujo which translates to “dirty feet” in English. Rich and Poor Rio de Janeiro has been part of my life for […]

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Brazilian Feijoada – Bean Stew With Roots in Medieval France

In Brazil the heavy meat and bean casserole known as feijoada is considered a national dish with roots in the time of slavery, left-over meat was supposedly utilized by slaves to make this dish. Of late this idea has been challenged as untrue. Background Feijoada is a hearty stew made with black beans and meat, […]

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Bacalhau – Brazil’s Most Loved Fish

Bacalhau, dried and salted cod is the core ingredient in many dishes most treasured by Brazilians. Today it is a quite expensive ingredient and mostly reserved for special occasions, that was not always the case. Arriving in a new culture can sometimes present you with culinary challenges, for me bacalhau was one of those. The […]

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