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Brazil: Escape to Paradise

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Written by: Winnie FENG
Photo by:Winne FENG
Edited by:Kyle Muntz, WANG Mengyu |  Date:2018/09/1831 Hits

When you think of Brazil, what comes into your mind? Neymar, the handsome Brazilian who has won thousands of young girls´ enthusiastic ovation; Carnival, the festive event with uniquely dressed samba dancers and finely decorated vehicles, or Copacabana, the beach where first-timers flock to? If you ask me this question, I will answer you with one word: adventure.

 

The incredible scenery of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

As one of the world`s most spirited lands, Brazil has made me victim to her charms. After devoting two years´ patience and diligence to my major Portuguese Language and Culture, I seized the opportunity to become an exchange student at the University of São Paulo, leading me to a world full of passion. During the weekends and National holiday, I took my load off and discovered the mystery and fun of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

 

Churrasco–Exotic Grilled Meat

Before arriving in Brazil, I have always been addicted to all sorts of grilled meat from different countries. As a grilled meat enthusiast, I broke into various churrascarias (restaurants which serve an endless supply of churrasco (grilled meat in Brazil) in my spare time.

 

The huge, savory hunks of beef sizzled like the devil over charcoal

 

Churrasco involves spearing slabs of beef, pork, chicken and sausage with skewers. At churrascarias, a waiter, usually a tall, strong meat-eater-like man, uses a long knife to slice off thin sections of churrasco and serves it to the customers. That first Saturday in Brazil, I rushed into a churrascaria near my home before the lunch peak hour, ordered a large portion of churrascos, and waited with considerable eagerness. The Brazilian grilled meat hit me up with a delicious supply of protein, and adding different seasonings made my experience more magical. After some pãos de quejo (cheese balls) as dessert, I sat back and enjoyed the Latin music, wondering if I could go there every weekend.

 

Copacabana–Toes in the sand

Churrasco is nice and almost everything for me, but Brazil´s charm extends way beyond the great timing picanha (rump cover stick). It´s time to hit the sun, sand and samba in Rio. I booked a flight and arrived at the world-famous beach Copacabana. I was astonished by the beautiful natural scenery. As I lived in one of the hotels that line Avenida Atlantica, I could see sunrise just at the balcony of my room. Viewed from the balcony, the sunrise was indeed a spectacle, with a string of birds flying by, etched against the sun.

 

The golden sand was warm under bare feet

 

Known as the national cocktail of Brazil, Caipirinha is the perfect drink to sweep away tiresome. My professor said, “Going to Brazil and not having a punch of Cipirinha is just like skipping the delicious sushi and sashimi in Japan.’’ This type of drink really played a significant role in my music adventure, strengthening all the feelings. I am so excited about all the tempting adventures in Brazil.