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Mar 23, 2014 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

For our last day in Brasilia, we went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a public tour at 10:00. The tour guide struggled a little with English; luckily Ana helped her when necessary. This building is where delegates sign treaties and are guests of the Brazilian government. It was significant for us to see as Ana is studying Foreign Affairs at university and may one day be employed here. Another of Oscar Niemeyer buildings, it had much wide open space and many embedded details. The staircase was truly impressive!!!! Of remarkable note,...

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Mar 23, 2014 - The Market and Flood

Every week Milton and Celia go to the Market to purchase their produce, cheese, flowers and nits for the upcoming week; and it was an experience to tag along. We even had our breakfast there. Tapioca dough is shredded with salt added, then the heat causes the mixture to adhere. I choose a filling do chicken and cheese. We all had juice made from the fruit of the cashew tree. The nut is suspended from the fruit at the bottom. We saw several diplomatic license plates there as well. After we unpacked the groceries, we made a quick stop to buy...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Feliciado

The graduation ceremonies were held in an outdoor pavilion. There were approximately 90 graduates from two different faculties; although I don't know the other. It is customary to call the names of the graduates in alphabetical order by first name as children takes both last names of mother and father creating rather long names. Without being irreverent, the ceremony was more similar to a rock concert. The height of excitement from the crowd was tangible. Loved ones brought large bouquets of balloons and launched confetti poppers all...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Celebration!!!

Dinner was reserved for 8:00 pm. The restaurant itself was elegant and there were many family members we were introduced to as well as friends of Milton's family. We all felt so very welcomed that the language was hardly a barrier. Body language confirmed that we indeed were part of the family. Of course the dinner itself was delicious. But the warmth of the evening made the event so special. I'm definitely growing to love the kisses on each check at each greeting and good-bye. The Brazilians are affectionate with one other in a...

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Mar 20, 2014 - Spring Lunch

After an unsuccessful tour of the National Congress, we went to the Power Square where the Executive; Justice and Legislative buildings form a triangle. A structure in the shape of a dove remembers the heroes and heroines of the past who paved the way of government in Brasil's history from Monarchy to Military Dictatorship to the present Republic. We returned to Milton's beautiful, modern home where we lingered on the outdoor patio and had a delicious lunch of beef (carne), beans (feijão tropeiro), yucca root (mandioca), rice (arroz) and...

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Mar 19, 2014 - Reunion

We have arrived in Brasilia and spent our time with Milton and Celia, Ana and Lucas. We Took a night tour this evening and went to one of Ana's favourite spots for a late dinner where we had a my delicious tilapia dish. To think our lives crossed 30 years ago when he was an exchange student with us is surreal. I get the sense that The Lord is smiling as good things are upon us. There is overwhelming joy between the families as we gather and laugh, share and reunite. Ana has scheduled a tour of the National Congress this morning. This as...

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Mar 26, 2013 - Chocolate - Brooke's traveling teddy

Dear Brooke, Hello from Brasilia´s School of the Nations! Chocolate is alive and well in our 2nd grade classroom. He is doing well in school and is having fun in Brazil. School of the Nations is a great school. It is located in Brazil´s capital city, Brasilia. Our school is a wonderful place with teachers and students that love to have fun and work hard. Brazil is warm. It is autumn here! There is never any snow where we live, so Chocolate is warm and healthy! He was brought here by our student, Sofia. She is half Canadian and half...

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Feb 8, 2013 - Between Vision and Aversion: Brasilia

I have my camera ready when my plane approaches, hoping I will get a good view of the layout of the city, which resembles a plane or a hummingbird, but no luck, I am seated at the wrong side of the plane and only have a view on the satellite cities (the same happens on my outward-bound flight unfortunately). There were only two satellite cities in the original plan, but since Brasilia became a World Heritage site, development in Brasilia proper has been frozen, the World Cup 2014 stadium for example can only be built on the spot where the...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Brasilia, Brazil

From 1763 to 1960, Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil. An article of the country's first republican constitution dating back to 1891 stated that the capital should be moved from Rio de Janeiro to a place close to the center of the country. The plan was originally conceived in 1827 by José Bonifácio, an advisor to Emperor Pedro I. He presented a plan to the General Assembly of Brazil for a new city called Brasilia, with the idea of moving the capital westward from the heavily populated southeastern corridor. The bill was not enacted...

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Aug 31, 2011 - Order and Progress (Recruiting and site seeing in Brasilia)

Because the first week hasn't afforded me much time to write, I decided to condense my experience in Brasilia into a single entry. My first appointment in Brasilia was at the Universidad de Brasilia (UnB). We met with their exchange program coordinator and the (sort of) counter part of our Mark Hallet as well as an Business Professor. UnB is a federal university, which means that it is completely free for students to attend, but its also very challenging to get in. This system does not necessarily lead to greater opportunities for college...

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Feb 19, 2010 - Brasilia

We set a new bus trip record on our way from Recife to Brasilia, 36hrs. Luckily the bus was nice and not too crowded. We were basically just making our way across Brazil to get to Bolivia, but decided we should stop in their capital to check it out. Our guide book warned that it wasn´t really setup for backpackers, there are no hostels or cheaper hotels, and is impossible to walk around due to it´s size. We found a family house that rents out rooms in the centre of the city that was pretty good. The lady running it was very nice and...

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Jun 5, 2006 - Brasilia

Another last minute decision... Brasila, the capital city of Brazil, build in the 60s specifically to be the capital city of Brazil. It's completely different from any of the other places I've visited in Brazil... more modern and clean but relatively small and not requiring a lot of time to visit. I felt like I covered, by foot, what I needed to see in one day. And the weather turned out to be excellent. Toured the Congresso buildings, the big church, the shopping mall, and the big TV tower. I met a couple of Brazilian girls who wanted me...

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