Out and About: Brazil!


Brazil is one of my favorite places in the world: The vast variety of experiences available there is incredible. Brazil is also very diverse, with huge cities, warm beaches, and other great places. I’ll admit, I am a bit biased, as my entire family is from Brazil, however, even looking at it from an outside perspective, it is a great place to go. I go to Brazil every year and go to two different places: Natal, which is located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, and Brasilia, the capital, which is located in the Distrito Federal (Federal District). Natal is more to the north-west of Brazil and is full of beaches, and Brasilia is in the center of Brazil and is characterized by a sprawling city (shaped like an airplane!). I go to Brazil typically every other year during summer break, and my family who lives there comes in between the years that we go. Due to the fact that Brazil is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are swapped, so going during summer break means being in Brazil during their winter. I would recommend going to different places in Brazil if you go, so you get a taste of everything the wonderful country has to offer. Below are some fun facts about Brazil.

  • The Brazilian currency is the Real, which is currently (at time of writing) worth 0.25 USD
  • Brazil was founded on September 7, 1822, by Pedro Alvares Cabral
  • The most popular sport in Brazil is soccer, however, another incredibly popular sport is volleyball
  • In Brazil, Brazil is spelled as Brasil (That’s the actual spelling)
  • Brazilian food is better than American food (I’m not joking)
  • A Brazilian barbecue is very different than an American one. American barbecues typically consist of ribs, hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs, and other great foods, and last typically a few hours. Brazilian ones have loads of different foods, not just meat, and last a long time, sometimes even the whole day! It also typically doesn’t have barbecue sauce.

I would recommend anyone to visit Brazil, as you will have an incredible time. Just hunker down for the long flight: Brazil is 5,619 miles from California!