Welcome to our new series Inside-Out Latin America. Today our two authors Daniella Barbosa and Renan Rigo will introduce themselves to you. Kicking off with Brazil the two of them will write about their home continent every Friday during the next couple of weeks, will give you tips about things to do in different places and fill you in with details only locals know. We hope that you will enjoy our new series. We will now hand over to Daniella who is already very keen on getting to know you all, so feel free to leave comments and ideas for the series below her post, she’ll make sure to answer them all.
Looking through the window I see a colorful sky and a mix of red, orange and gold tones. My noisy and sweet green neighbors, the parrots, complete the scenario and make me realize how much I enjoy the Brazilian sunset. Where am I? Maybe in a beach paradise, near the Atlantic Ocean, feeling the wind messing up my hair? Perhaps, but no – I am actually in the heart of this huge country called Brazil, in Goiânia city, located three hours from the capital Brasilia and only 1.000 km away from the nearest beach.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Daniella Barbosa and I am a 26 years old Brazilian journalist fascinated by cultural diversity and in love with travel. There’s nothing I like better than to be on the road, doesn’t matter if it’s alone or with good friends. In my free time I also love to eat, go to the movies, read, take photos, listen to music and last but not least I adore dancing. Along with 90% of Brazilians, I am naturally programmed to shake my body. I can’t listen to music without wanting to dance.
I would like to invite you to discover more about my mother country, our culture and to learn more about how we live. Brazil is divided geographically into five main regions with very different climates, landscape, food and traditions. Because of the big distances between each city, sometimes even to us Brazilians it is hard to travel as much as we would like. My next big adventure will be to Manaus, the capital of the Amazon region.
Follow me along my journey in the coming weeks as I will be blogging about some of the differences between each of the five regions. I also plan to highlight the natural beauty that attracts visitors from around the world and to introduce you to some of the friendly locals.
To get you into the Brazilian mood for the weeks ahead, here is a small video of a Brazilian band called “Em nome do Samba” playing one of our most famous beats – the samba! Enjoy!
About the Author: Daniella Barbosa is a Brazilian journalist born in Goiânia city, where she helped start a branch of an international organization called AIESEC. She graduated in Communication (Hotel Management) and is finishing up a Tourism course in the coming months. Her biggest passions in life: travel and writing. BraBo Expedition, her first book, was published in 2009 and was about a backpacking trip through Bolivia in South America. Favorite destination? Wherever she can immerse herself in a new culture, connect with people and make new friends.