Why do they call New York the Big Apple?

Why do they call New York the Big Apple?

The city of New York is known as the Big Apple.

That designation came to surface for the first time in a critique of the wealth distribution in the USA.

In 1909, the writer Edward S. Martin published the book “The Wayfarer in New York”. In the work’s introduction, the author states the following: (more…)

A Moroccan medina

A Moroccan medina

Medina in Arabic means city.

Any person who visits Morocco (or reads about the country) is going to listen to and read this word a lot and will, for sure, walk through its streets. It’s any given city’s historical center, as well as the most interesting area. Thus, it’s important to get familiar with how it works.

A common medina is comprised by an entanglement of sinuous and narrow streets (they can make a total of 9000), which are delimited by a wall with watchtowers. Even though it is a pure maze, getting lost in one of them is a spectacular experience… For those unfamiliar with it, it’s chaotic, but it does abide by some criteria. (more…)

The Brazil’s Very Best by Mariana Viaja and the blog Alma de Viajante

The Brazil’s Very Best by Mariana Viaja and the blog Alma de Viajante

Brazil is a country which has a great territorial extension and offers many distinct experiences. There are 27 states that bestow landscapes, culture and several and widely different stories.

We can visit many cities like Minas Gerais or São Paulo, the famous beaches of Rio or the ones of the Northeast, the Amazon Forest or the splendid Bahia.

It’s a gorgeous country. I invited 2 bloggers to write about what they like the most about it. Read what Mariana Bueno of www.marianaviaja.com and Filipe Morato Gomes do www.almadeviajante.com have to say.

Also known as the Marvelous City, it comprises attractions which are appealing to all sorts of travelers. In addition to the beautiful beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, and world-famous tourist attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer and the Sugar Loaf, there are museums, cultural options, parks for outdoor activities, trails, lots of nature and the best of all: the sun shines almost every day of the year. When it comes to its cuisine, try the traditional feijoada with a caipirinha as a beverage. At the beach, the Globo biscuit (with sprinkles) and the cold mate cannot be overlooked. It comes as no surprise that this is one of the most popular destinations chosen by Brazilian and foreign tourists.

At the blog www.marianaviaja.com there are more posts about Rio de Janeiro: http://marianaviaja.com/tag/rio-de-janeiro/

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park by Filipe Morato Gomes

A decade is now gone since I visited Lençóis Maranhenses, and not even for a little tidbit I have forgotten those unique landscapes. A wide range of immaculate dunes sprinkled with dotted mirrors, large and small, often taken over by the rain, watering the landscape with the tepid colors the crystalline blue, turquoise, all the tonalities that the water’s transparency can assume. It’s a treat for the senses.

One day, with Barreirinhas already behind, I arrived by jeep at the fishing village of Atins and the village of Caburé, in the surroundings of the natural park. On one side, the Preguiças River; on the other, the Atlantic Ocean; In the middle, a few hundred meters of sand. In the company of the moon, the stars, the breeze, the waves, the fishermen. An absolute peace, in a pier right next to the river.

This is how I recall the http://www.almadeviajante.com/lencois-maranhenses/. Like a site of peacefulness. One of the most special I have ever had the chance to meet in Brazil.

The caste system in India

The caste system in India

One of the first references to the caste system in India may have happened in one of the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism, the Vedas. It is then a very old tradition, being around 3000 years old.

A caste can be defined as a hereditary social group, which passes from father to son, in which it is only possible (or acceptable) to marry someone who belongs to the same group.

It’s a social function determined by the very own nature of each human being. (more…)

Those born in Rio de Janeiro are Cariocas

Those born in Rio de Janeiro are Cariocas

Carioca is the name given to those who are born in Rio de Janeiro.

A true carioca is the one whose parents are also cariocas (those who are born in the State – and not in the city of Rio de Janeiro – are Fluminenses).

The name carioca derives from the Tupi.

It´s a language which was spoken by indigenous tribes that inhabited Brazil before the Portuguese colonization. In 1758, the Tupi language was forbidden and was replaced by Portuguese, but it left a strong mark on the Portuguese that is spoken in Brazil.

The Tupi people gave the name of “karai oca”, i.e., “house of the white”, to the stone-and-lime houses that the Portuguese built in the beach area of Flamengo, which is located at the mouth of River Carioca. Quickly, the Portuguese began to call themselves cariocas. (more…)

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