29 December 2013

Good times and a promising future

Ponta Negra - Natal
Coming to Natal from Barra do Cunhaú could have been a traumatic experience. From the quiet beach village to the concrete jungle filled with stressed people and shopping centers. But I was lucky again. My hosts Isabelle and Cristiane live far from the busy center in a very quiet neighborhood close to the beach.

19 December 2013

Eating Brasil: Food and drinks

Food is an essential part of my travels. I love to discover foods unknown to my palate and acquire new tastes. A country as big as Brasil has of course a lot to offer. I'll focus here on foods found in the brasilian Northeast, including things to eat that can be found all over Brasil.

The basic staples of brasilian cuisine are without any doubt arroz (rice) and feijao (beans, either black or green). Accompanied with macarrao (spaghetti), salada (tomato-onion with vinegar) and frango (chicken) or carne (beef) this is the basics of brasilian food and is eaten once a day by a majority of the  population, mostly for lunch. A traditional dish that is often eaten on weekends as it takes longer to cook is feijoada (black beans with chunks of sausage, various types of beef and pork meat).

9 December 2013

More of the same? Hidden jewels

Manaira, Joao Pessoa
Last time when I was in Brasil, I only had ten weeks in a country almost the size of Europe. Obviously, I skipped large parts and left them for future trips. Two such parts were Joao Pessoa and the beaches of Rio Grande do Norte, including the most famous one, Pipa.

2 December 2013

Recife urban sprawl

Boa Viagem - Recife
As said, when I arrived in Recife, I was ready to settle for a bit longer than just three days. In the end, I stayed more than 10 days, bringing my total time spent in this city to 18 days. And I already plan to go back there for carnival one day (soon).
What's so special about Recife you might ask. Nothing really, to be honest. It's just a combination of many factors that made my life there always pleasant, despite some obvious drawbacks.