Brazil: A Carnival of Life

The Carnival of Rio is one of the most popular annual parties in the whole world. The exuberant floats, the beautiful samba dancers, and the contagious joy of its people make Brazil the ideal spot for those searching for excitement and unique experiences. In fact, once you hear the rhythmic beating of the drums, your feet will start moving turning you into another participant of this great celebration that takes place in Samba schools, on Avenida Marques de Sapucai, or in the street blocks. But Brazil offers much more – It offers natural beauty and green areas like no other place. It’s a place injected with life. From the Amazon rainforest to the Iguazu Falls, there is definitely plenty to see and do in Brazil.

What to do?

Looking for exuberant nature? Head north to the Amazon rain forest where you will find thousands of unique species of plants and animals, and also indigenous tribes. Make sure to book a tour, so you can get the most out of this experience while staying safe. Manaus is the capital of the Amazonas State and the best place to go to visit the Amazon Forest. Belem is the second largest city in the Amazon region with religious festivals and traditional markets.

Looking for beautiful beaches? Head northeast to Salvador (Bahia), Olinda, Recife or Natal. It is considered the country’s sunniest region with colonial architecture and street parties all year round.

Looking for cosmopolitan cities? Head southeast to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. In Rio you will find beautiful beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema along with the famous open arms statue – Christ The Redeemer. The statue is a symbol that represents the culture of the people from Rio (Cariocas) and their welcoming hospitality. Cariocas are known for their easy-going, laid-back culture in contrast to the more reserved people from other cities. Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest, richest and most cosmopolitan city defined by a diverse cultural and business life. Sao Paulo is so diverse that is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. It also has strong Italian and Arab influences. The people of Sao Paulo are known as hard-working and industrious people contrasting with the Cariocas and the people from other regions.

Where to eat?

Brazil’s national dish is feijoada, a hearty stew made of black beans and pork. It’s a heavy dish, so take your time before eating it. Excellent seafood can also be found in the coastal towns of Brazil. Brazilian snacks called lanches include a wide variety of pastries such as coxinha, empadinha, and pastel. If you are in the mood for good barbeque, try the Brazilian “Churrasco” served at many restaurants. A restaurant meal with a drink usually costs $10 making eating out a very feasible experience for those on a budget. Fast food is also available and you will find as many Bob’s (a famous fast-food chain in Brazil) as McDonald’s in the big cities.

Where to stay?

In the Pantanal region – a place full of wild like and wetlands – tourists usually stay in fazendas, which can be described as big ranches. Boat hotels are also a popular option for tourists who want to have a relaxing time fishing and watching the Pantanal wildlife. In the big cities, you will find 5 star hotels as well as pousadas (guesthouses) and hostels.

Visas & Documents

o Citizens from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay may enter the country with a valid ID card and stay up to 90 days.

o Citizens from the following countries are required to present their passports for stays of up to 90 days: South Africa, Croatia, all EU countries (except Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Philippines, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Iceland, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Morocco, Namibia, Panama, Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta, Surinam, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Venezuela.

o Citizens from the following countries currently need a visa for Brazil: Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, United States, El Salvador, Nicarágua, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Armenia, Lebanon, Siria, former soviet countries and others not listed above.

o United States citizens are required to pay 100 US Dollars for a 5 year visa.

Source by Denisse Romero

So, we all like to attend parties be it birthday, farewell, anniversary or other events. Parties actually help in gathering people who are otherwise working through their busy schedules. Children especially like to enjoy in the birthday parties not just because of the cake cake or colorful balloons but also to play games and participate in other activities. For a kid, nothing can be more amazing than his or her own birthday. Generally, the parents arrange or plan for the birthday parties but the children can also get involved in the arrangements. By doing this, they can learn to be creative enough, how to manage, learn values. If the birthday party becomes successful, then the children can get motivated to work more and perform better.

Here are some ways below that can help you: -

Kids always love to paint and draw designs. Therefore, instead of printing invitation cards, give blank cards to the children with colors and tell them to draw. A parent should sit nearby and guide the child in order to avoid massre. This can help to boost the confidence of the children. The creative nature of the child can also be revealed by depicting the card.

Cake is the pivotal part of the birthday party. So why do not you bake the cake at home and ask the child to act as a helping maid. He or she will really enjoy the task. Ask about his opinion regarding the flavor of the cake whether he or she likes fruity or chocolate flavor or the shape of the cake. She or he should give you opinions and adhere to them as much as you can. In the birthday party, you can even tell the guests that the idea curtsey behind the baking of cake goes to the birthday boy or girl.

You can seek suggestion from the birthday child about the food and snacks. He or she knows better that what his or her friends like to eat. Decide the menu for dinner, snacks and dessert taking his consent. If you are preparing the dishes in your own kitchen instead of availing catering services then once again take the help of your child as an assistant cook.

Children love to control and monitor. When the party begins, tell your child to look after the comfort of the guests, whether they have taken their snacks or tea or if they need more etc. Give your child the responsibility to look after other kids so that they do not go outside or spoil things. Being guardians, you can not always run after the children's groups so there give your child the duty to take care. This way he or she can learn to be responsible enough.

You can even tell your children to deal with the photography and of course you need to take an upper hand. Your child must be pro in assembling the other children for a group photo. Tell your child to arrange for a short function. He or she should ask the guests to perform some art like dance or music for the sake of his birthday party. Many will deny in the first place but the child should be able to convince them for performing.

Source by Kalki Kapoor