Did you know that Brazil has a modern and super efficient electoral system? It is a fully digitized process that is considered a role model worldwide.
Spring started in the southern hemisphere on September 23rd. When we think of the weather, this is the most pleasant time to be in Brazil. It is comfortably warm, but not too hot, and the rainy season is over.
Delicious brazilian truffles. There's no birthday party without them!
It‘s 2020 and when people find out I am a Brazilian, it turned quite common to ask me: „How is your family doing? I‘ve seen dreadful reports about the pandemic in Brazil“.
It's been over two years since I've last written a blog entry. For several reasons I decided to take a short break, which unintentionally turned into a long one.
"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."
— Aldous Huxley
It's common to hear from Brazilians that the new year only starts after carnival, this is partially true.
When in Brazil one shouldn't miss the chance to try the fresh juices.
The famous lake in the centre of Joao Pessoa, located at the Solon de Lucena Park, is perhaps the most iconic image of the city, specially for its local inhabitants.
The Venâncio Neiva Square, located in the centre of the city, was built in 1917.
João Pessoa's downtown is the oldest part of the city, near to the Sanhauá river.
August 5th is the birthday of João Pessoa and it's an official holiday in the city.
The Fortress was build in 1586 and was the main point of defense in Paraíba.
Winter starts officially on June 21st and goes until September 23rd in the Southern Hemisphere.
Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo
The Carmelite Order arrived in João Pessoa in 1591, together with the Benedictine, Franciscan and Jesuit Orders, to evangelize the natives with their catechism. The baroque Carmelite buildings are composed by the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, The Bishop's Palace and the Chapel of Saint Theresa. The Carmelites were chased away during the Dutch invasion, for this reason they buried lots of valuable documents and artifacts when the looting started.
Something very characteristic about João Pessoa's coastline is the absence of skyscrapers. That's due to a law that forbids the construction of buildings with more than 3 stories right on the beach.
In the year 1589, 4 years after João Pessoa was occupied by the Portuguese, the Franciscan Order founded a mission there. Back then, the presence of the Catholic Church was a very important indicator that the regions in the new world were civilized enough to receive European settlers.
In 1801 a hideous crime passionnel was commited by a friar named José de Jesus Maria Lopes.