How does an election work in Brazil?

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.

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"Springbreak"

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.

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Brigadeiro & Beijinho

Delicious brazilian truffles. There's no birthday party without them!

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The battle against Covid-19

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“.

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Corn cake

So easy to bake, a literal piece of cake!

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Of new beginnings

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.

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Travelling in times of turmoil

"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."

— Aldous Huxley

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The Urban Turtles

The Guajiru Foundation was founded in 2002.

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Overtourism

Raise your hand if you dislike visiting cities overcrowded with tourists.

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Christmas lights on palm trees

It's common to hear from Brazilians that the new year only starts after carnival, this is partially true.

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Fresh Cocktails on the Beach

When in Brazil one shouldn't miss the chance to try the fresh juices.

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Lagoa: the official postcard

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.

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The Tea Pavilion

The Venâncio Neiva Square, located in the centre of the city, was built in 1917.

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Downtown

João Pessoa's downtown is the oldest part of the city, near to the Sanhauá river.

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Lady of Snow Festival

August 5th is the birthday of João Pessoa and it's an official holiday in the city.

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Santa Catarina Fortress

The Fortress was build in 1586 and was the main point of defense in Paraíba.

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Winter

Winter starts officially on June 21st and goes until September 23rd in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The June festival

A typical northeastern holiday

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The Carmelite Buildings

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.

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The João Pessoa Square

... and a tragic love story.

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The "stepped" law

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.

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Cultural Centre of St. Francis

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.

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Holy Week

Easter Holidays in Brazil

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The Fountain of Miracles

In 1801 a hideous crime passionnel was commited by a friar named José de Jesus Maria Lopes.

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The progressive Anayde Beiriz

The city João Pessoa is named after a murdered politician, but how did this happen?

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