A tour around my city, Brasília

Brasília



Basic Information
DDD: 61
Inhabitants: 2,570,160
Fuse Time: – 3 GMT
Local Holidays:
Apr/21 – Anniversary of Brasília
Nov/30 – Believer’s Day

Brasília, the capital of Brazil, was built 53 years ago by Juscelino Kubitschek, the Brazilian President at that time. It has the shape of an airplane, and was planned by Oscar Niemeyer. Because of that, it is divided into Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern parts. It is the most modern city of 20th century, and was registered as Mankind Heritage by UNESCO in 1987.

Brasília is a singular city. It was built in the middle of nothing and inaugurated in less than four years. Only these facts would be enough to make evident that the capital of Brazil has a history, a least, different from all the other tourism spots of Brazil.

As if it was not enough, Brasília also has the most different monuments. No antiquities or constructions from other centuries, but quite the contrary. The sinuous shapes and the dynamic and daring lines of most buildings give a special characteristic to the city. It’s amazing how the concrete was molded, inspiring a futuristic sensation on those who stares the architectonical set.

The shape of the city is also irreverent, with a shape of a plane and with no crossings, allows tourists to go through it easily. However, it’s practically impossible to know it by foot, due to the distance between the tour spots. It’s indicated to rent a car, since buses takes long routes.

Registered as Mankind Heritage by UNESCO, it has two main access ways. Eixo Monumental is where Congresso Nacional, Palácio do Planalto and Supremo Tribunal Federal buildings are located, among others. Eixo Rodoviário takes visitors to the residential sector of the city.

Approximately 90 embassies are placed in Brasília, which also has a people originated from the mix of people from the most varied places. Such mix is also reflected in the city gastronomy, which has influence of typical food of Brazilian savanna and also from the european cuisine in a profusion of flavors.

But it does not have only concrete. Besides Paranoá Lake, one of the biggest artificial lakes ever constructed, the metropolis and its surroundings has green areas, like Parque Nacional and Parque da Cidade. Those who want to visit Chapada dos Veadeiros land at the international airport to, then, take a bus to the neighbor cities of the park, inhabited by mystics from all around the world.

Besides being constructed to be grandiose, with imposing monuments, it is a calm city, where calmness reigns, with streets usually empty, especially in the weekends. But don’t think that there is no nightlife in the city. Even with fame of peaceful, Brasília has bars and nightclubs frequented by tourists and local residents. More than a simple destination for business trips, more and more it gets consolidated as cultural and entertainment nucleus of Brazil. Obviously, it will always be ideal for hosting great events, with Convention and Exhibition Centers and auditoriums.


Places to visit in Brasília:

More info:
http://www.aboutbrasilia.com/
http://www.brasil.gov.br/brasilia-english/tourist-guide/

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My hometown, Goiânia

Goiânia

 

 

Basic Information
DDD: 62
Inhabitants: 1,302,001
Fuse Time: – 3 GMT
Local Holidays:
Oct/24 – Anniversary of the city
May/24 – Day of ‘Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora’, patron saint of Goiânia.

I was born in Goiânia, a city of Goiás, a state in the middle western region of Brazil. As I do not live there since 5 years old, I cannot tell you in detail its history etc. Therefore, I decided to show you some pictures about it.

The capital of the state of Goiás, Goiânia is 200 km southwest of Brasília and 900 km from both Cuiabá and São Paulo. Planned by urbanist Armando de Godói and founded in 1933, it is a fairly pleasant place, with lots of open spaces laid out around circular streets in the center. There are three main zones — housing is in the south, administration is in the center, and industry and commerce are in the north. Goiânia’s economy is based on the commercialization of the region’s cattle.

Goiânia is a new city. It was planned and constructed less than a century ago, but grew quickly and is already the second most populated city in the Mid-West region, only behind Brasília. The parks are among the main entertainment options. Most of them is registered as city patrimony and have infrastructure to receive the public, with entertaining equipments, lunch area and, in some of them, space for camping. Notoriety to the ‘Zoológico’ (  Zoo  ), which offer paddle boats. There are also eight museums in the city.

Restaurants, bars and hotels are concentrated in noble districts, like ‘Setor Oeste’, ‘Bueno’ and ‘Marista’, but the night program of show houses is varied and attends well the population. There are also good bars in the city, always presenting live music. Maybe it’s the reason why Goiânia is considered the source of new singers, who, above everything, become known regionally, and artists.

 

Considered to be one of the seven best cities in terms of quality of life in Brazil, Goiânia is proud of delighting its inhabitants and visitors with:

  • woods like the Bosque of Buritis and Botafogo, Rosas Lake, the Botanic Garden and the Ecological Parks of Goiânia, Vaca Brava e Areião, are examples of urban development in partnership with nature and a true commitment to the well-being of the population;
  • refreshing lakes, luxurious vegetation and the sound of birds and animal in all these places, which can be appreciated quite closely by people, specially while going for a walk, as there are jogging tracks almost everywhere.

Nothwithstanding a well preserved and a most valuable nature, this is not the only attraction of this city founded by Pedro Ludovico in 1934 in a region of humid and mild climate, 749 meters above the sea level and average temperature of 21,9 ºC.

You can find many leisure options in Goiânia, several entertainment areas at shopping malls. Or if you prefer a walk you can visit the City Park. At the Zoo you will observe the beauty of the Lagoon of Roses. Museums, theaters are also good options.

 

Places to visit in Goiânia:

More info:
http://www.v-brazil.com/tourism/goias/goiania.html

About Goiás

Despite being a Federal District, Brasília is located in Goiás, a state in the middle western region of Brazil.

Goiás


 

The most central of the Brazilian States and the most populous of the region, Goiás presents a landscape of plateaus and chapadões:

  • in the height of the draught, from June to September, the lack of rain makes the level of the River Araguaia go down and brigs up almost 2 Km of beaches, making it the main attraction of the State;
  • at the Emas National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the municipality of Chapadão do Céu, it is possible to observe the typical fauna and the flora from the region;
  • at the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park the attractions are the Canyons, valleys, rapids and waterfalls;
  • the historical city of Goiás (  or Old Goiás  ) at 132 km from Goiânia, established in the beginning of XVIII Century;
  • Caldas Novas, with its hot water wells attracting more than one million tourists per year;
  • The city of Pirenópolis, well-known for its waterfalls, colonial architecture and also as the Rio das Almas’ City (River of Souls) – a mystical city, which is today home to various esoteric communities. It was founded in 1727 from a settlement in the Serra dos Pireneus, which expanded with the arrival of the first colonizers who came for the gold easily found in the Rio das Almas. In 1988, Pirenópolis was granted National Historical Heritage status and until today it maintains its 18th Century homes, churches and museums, all nesteled along its quartzite stone streets.


Places to visit in Goiás:

More info:
http://www.brazil.org.za/goias.html#.UiQMY7x543N
http://www.brazzil.com/pages/traoct99.htm
http://www.brazil-ecotravel.com/publique/cgi/cgilua.exe/sys/start.htm?infoid=711&sid=5

A little about me… Um pouco a meu respeito…

Hello!

My name is Thaís. I am really glad of these weeks we will share, hoping to learn more about other foreign cultures through the English language. This blog is part of ‘GISARTE em movimento’, an educational project on ICTs that I coordinate, and I will share here the results of our partnership with foreign countries in English and Portuguese.

I have a few comments to make about myself. For instance, I am from Brazil, where we only speak Portuguese as our official language. I am an English and a French teacher also graduated in Translation and Law. I work for the local government in Brasília, the capital of my country, where I have been living since I was 5 years old, but I was born in Goiânia.

I have worked with videos in my classes since 2011, but I started attending online classes about educational tools and media in general in 2007. I am developing a project on ICTs, GISARTE, at the high school where I teach English, Centro Educacional Gisno, and at Centro Interescolar de Línguas 1 de Brasília, where I teach French. In 2012 I worked together with the British Council (  Connecting Classrooms Program  ) and the Adobe Foundation ( Adobe Youth Voices ) on video projects and critical literacy.

I attended the PSTDP (  Public School Teacher Development Program  ) at Casa Thomas Jefferson in 2003-2004, and I have taken part in some educational programs from abroad, sponsored by Brazilian Ministry of Education, American Embassy, British Council and Adobe Foundation since 2012. I hope this blog be a vehicle to share a little about all these educational exchange programs with you, and engage you in them. You are also welcome to visit our Facebook and LinkedIn pages and talk to me anytime.

Web page:
http://www.facebook.com/gisarteemmovimento
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tha%C3%ADs-l%C3%B4bo-junqueira/6a/689/368

 I will start sharing some information about my country, Brazil, with you. My students will publish here the information they have produced about it, too. We have been working on some international projects on Education since 2012, and we want that our partners and local community can follow them online.

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope to hear from you here, too…

Welcome! – Bem-vindo(a)!

Brazilian flag

É com muito prazer que eu convido você a participar do blog do Clube de Inglês (site: http://thaislobojunqueira.googlepages.com/clubedeingles) !

Este projeto tem por objetivo iniciar os estudantes de inglês no fascinante universo dessa língua. Este blog é mais uma ferramenta que usaremos para fazer contato. Nosso propósito é que aqui vocês compartilhem suas experiências virtuais com a língua inglesa.

Eu espero que vocês possam encontrar nos posts e nos links um incentivo para desenvolver mais esta habilidade profissional: a de comunicar-se em inglês!

Enjoy this famous Brazilian song:

Chega de saudade – Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes (with translation)