I'm a day late posting this, eeek! I was a tad busy the past little while. You know how it is.
So this week we are travelling to the lovely country of....
My wonderful friend Bruna was gracious enough to give us a tour of her town, Rio De Janeiro. It's definitely one city I'd love to see and experience one day. But until then I'll just day dream about it. So sit back and grab a cup of tea/coffee...beer? Whatever floats your boat. :D
1. Tell us about yourself!
Well, hello everyone! My name is Bruna, but you can call me Bruni, Bru or Bruninha :) I love nicknames! I was born on November 14th, 1990, which makes me 20 years old :) I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I am a journalism student, finishing my second year (going to start my 4th semester in March). For now I work for a very small magazine as a reporter. I live together with my mom and brother (parents divorced, but dad lives near my place and he has a great friendship with my mom - I'm so blessed!) and we have an 8 y.o poodle called Yuki. I love him so much and he's my best friend! As for my personality, I consider myself a very kind and open-minded person. I am childish when I can be and mature when I have to be. I am down-to-earth and I also love to dream. I do not like parties, because I enjoy having conversations (I talk a lot :)) and you can't barely hear someone when the music is loud. I also hate drinks (though I used to drink a lot...), and I hate drunk people - they tend to come to me and say the worst lies is the whole world. Me as a friend, I am a great listener, though I don't have always the best advice - or even something to say - but my friends say that I have a nice hug and that somehow I understand what they mean. My friends mean the world to me because they've helped me get through a lot! I really take a friendship seriously and I try to make my friends happy because their happiness is mine as well.
2. Can you tell us about your home town?
|A shot of Barra.|
|Shopping centre in Barra.|
(Note from Erin: I loved "City of God" and highly recommend it to everyone.)
3. Rio is a huge melting pot for different cultures, correct?
Rio indeed has lots of different people. You can see blondes with blue eyes, skinny and with very pale skin and also black women with curly hair and curves. It's rare, but also Indians who sell products made by themselves like bracelets, purses and also small furniture! They sell it mostly on the beaches where there are also lots of tourists. The blondes/caucasians may have ancestors traced back to Europe. But here in Rio the most common are the Africans or those who are a mix between African and Caucasian people. I have to say that there's a lot of prejudice with African people, EVEN THOUGH it's a crime. It's been rarer but this terrible behaviour still exists.
4. What are some holidays and traditions you celebrate in Brazil?
I guess besides the classics like Christmas, Easter...It's Carnaval! It consists mainly of people [women] barely dressed and dancing Samba for hours in a row... They are divided into schools and every year they fight for a prize. There are different sections that receive good or bad feedback by the judges, like costumes, soundtrack, dance...the winner is the school who gets the best score. The school I cheer for is called Portela, which is known by a huge and beautiful eagle! Besides Carnaval, most of holidays here are celebrated just like in the rest of America and mostly in the rest of the world, except for...
1) Easter...we don't really celebrate it. People buy chocolate and that's all.
2) Thanksgiving here exists, but we don't celebrate it AT ALL. I hear it's a really big deal over there!
3) Our Valentine's Day is celebrated on June 12 :) It is not a real holiday. People work and study, but couples do celebrate it!
5. How did you start penpalling and what does it mean to you?
I started penpalling when I was 11, with the girl that became my best friend. We grew up and changed to internet, but I've always liked writing, decorating papers, putting stamps on an envelope and of course, getting a letter in my mailbox. Then in 2009 a friend of mine introduced Interpals to me and I found it amazing to write letters to foreigners! It was so different from what I've experienced with the other girl, because people put much more effort into their letters and also it's so interesting to learn about other cultures...I have to confess that I've never been interested in it before I started penpalling. But the reason I love penpalling the most if because it was proved being possible to build TRUE friendship via mail. I consider my penpals my true friends and I do care for them! They make me happy with their letters and also they can make me happy when I'm sad just by writing a few words. There is some kind of magic around it that I just can't bring it to real words! :)
6. Give us a sneak peek of your home and of Rio!
Below are a few photos Bruna was able to provide for us. Thank you so much Bru!
|Bruna's living room.|
I would like to thank Bruna for letting us take a glimpse into life in Rio! Next week we'll be traveling to the Northern Hemisphere...stay tuned!