In the Town Where I Was Born
Hello Amy, BBC team and everyone,
I am thinking of inviting you all to come and make a tour in my city.
I’d love having you all at home. My house is being built but I should advise you that the person responsable for that has disappeared taking away all my money.
Sadly, you’ll have to wait. Meanwhile, what do you think of making a virtual tour? ;-)
I’ll let the cat out of the bag. I’m planning to talk about my town tomorrow. I know that what the foreigners know about Brazil is mostly from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Even in brazilian media it’s rare a mention to our town and it doesn’t really seem to bother us. When people from other states come to here, they usually say we are a close-mouthed and stone-faced people that speak singing. I don’t like stereotypes. I must admit we are naturally reserved , though. It’s hard to make an ‘Ola!’ at the stadium for example or even a “boo” (thankfully). But we are extremelly friendly when we trust someone. I don’t think I am a close-mouthed person at all. Stereotypes are only stereotypes! Just take a look at the simple art we use to express ourselves and feel the way we are. From the elite to the poorer áreas, we do like colours and paintings.
Before introducing you to the main topics of my state tomorrow, I need to know if you have already heard something about Espírito Santo (don’t lie ‘cause this is sin). Perhaps I’d better give you some nasty *MCQs in order to test your knowledge:
1- Beyond trade market, port and fishing activities, one of the most important activity here is:
a) sleeping b) dreaming c) dieting d) meditation e) tourism
2-The traditional foods of **capixabas are” torta _____ “and “moqueca _____”:
a)capixaba-capixaba b)mineira-mineira c)gaúcha-gaúcha d)baiana-baiana e)carioca-carioca
3-Vila Velha is considered the historical capital of Espírito Santo- ES (actually the capital is Vitória) where the _______ arrived firstly in ES.
a)astronauts b)cannibals c)postmen d)portuguese e)none of the answers
4- There are 11 ports in ES. The oldest and 2nd worst of Brazil ( not privatized)in Vitória downtown. And the 2nd Best of Brazil (privatized): Tubarão Porto or Shark Port controlled by CVRD -Companhia Vale do Rio Doce or Sweet River Valley Company. The most important river in ES is Rio Doce which in english means:
a)Salty River b)Sweet River c) Bitter River d)Sour River e)Spicy River
5- The wealth of ES comes from oil, iron, coffee, cellulose, salt, black papper, steel, coal, textile industry and wood :-(. Recently a group of chinese businessmen signed a trade agreement with our representatives related to steel business. Hence, the logistics of planning its strategies is involved and is important here. Therefore, the maintainance of the roads and freeways is a regular service, the airport is being rebuilt and beyond the railway linking Vitória to Minas Gerais , another ____ and a new ____ are to be built.
6-The Vitória-Minas Railway Museum has na interesting collection of photos, audiovisual resources, a maquette of the places where the train runs and na old steam-train. Chocolate Garoto Factory is another great place to visit. It’s advisable going there after lunch ‘cause they usually give ____ to the visitors.
a)flowers b)work c)money d)the bill e)chocolate
Amy, there is a city not far from here named Aracruz, where the indigenous live. There is a place there that they have built 3 parks each one is a tribute to India, african countries and Japan. The indian park recalls the Taj Mahal and has some effigies including Shiva. I'll post the photo some day.
I remember when I was pregnant and I went to see the fireworks on the beach at night and suddenly there was a storm just to let my hair and clothes completely wet. Here when you are pregnat everybody want to give an advise. So one of the women was trying to convince me to protect myself from the rain or the baby would be born having a flu :-I
I love working but is there anybody who doesn't like holidays? It seems another is just around the corner (next 7th September). I'll talk about it.
It's wonderful you are doing Yoga. You will feel the benefices soon. You seem to be fit and well by the pictures. I'm sure everything will be ok with you and the baby at the end of the year. I'll pray for you.
Well, Amy and friends. It’s bedtime for me now. From sunday to Monday I couldn’t sleep well due to the anxiety to send my first blog. I had nightmares which woke me up several times during the night. There were the BBC team in my dreams: Paul, William, Kalum, Nuala, the teachers Amy, Stephen, Samantha, Jo, Alex Gosh...then people from the political and sports scenery appeared :Tony Blair (my subconscious doesnt know he isn’t the prime minister anymore I suppose)... the Prince William, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso ...it was a mess and even the Queen wanted to cut my head (like Alice in Wonderland ) because I haven’t had published my first blog yet. I was trying to explain that my blog was ready and I was just waiting for instructions to publish it on monday. Very crazy my dream! I think it’s not just the anxiety but it has also to do with my recent readings . I like to read the news. Oh! Now all I want is my warm bed.
*MCQ( Multiple Choice Questions)
**Capixabas: people from Espírito Santo
Good night moon, see you soon!
1- It's likely to be
3- The victory
4- To make someone fail
5- To turn the date important for celebration
8- That has historical tales
9- Had the opportunity to know
10- Funny 'cause India is the land of Yoga
Thanks for all your contributions. This blog has now closed and can no longer accept new comments.