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Embracing Brazil, Travel Tribe Culture Series

Kelsey Betzelberger, Opera singer / Teacher / Traveler

Embracing Brazil, Travel Tribe Culture Series

Kelsey Betzelberger, Opera singer / Teacher / Traveler

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14 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Embracing Brazil

    • 2. Brazil Introduction

    • 3. Geography of Brazil

    • 4. Brazil Cities

    • 5. Brazil People & Animals

    • 6. Brazil History & Dance

    • 7. Brazil Carnival & Food

    • 8. Christ The Redeemer Introduction

    • 9. Christ The Redeemer Fun Facts

    • 10. History of Christ The Redeemer

    • 11. Tijuca National Park

    • 12. Christ The Redeemer Statue Conclusion

    • 13. Travel Tips Brazil

    • 14. Brazil Conclusion

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About This Class

Welcome to Travel Tribe's Embracing Brazil course!

In this dynamic, fast-paced course, we will explore the history, language, food, culture, traditions, celebrations, geography, animals and famous sites of Brazil. The course then dives into the construction, history and fun facts about one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Christ The Redeemer.

Students explore local traditions and fun facts that shape this country into the exciting and dynamic place that it is today. Students discover the major cities, learn how to fit in like a local, and check out what to explore in each region (São Paulo, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro), and how to make the most of Brazil if you're only in town for a few days.

Whether you are planning for a post-Covid vacation, wanting a virtual adventure, or planning your next long-term-digital-nomad destination, this course is for you!

Some of the fun-fact topics we will explore:

  • How did Brazil get its name, and what did it used to be known as?

  • What is the official language of Brazil?

  • When was Brasília designed, and what shape does the city resemble?

  • How is Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebrated, and why is it called The World's Biggest Party?

  • What kind of costume would you wear to Carnival?

About The Author

My name is Kelsey Betzelberger, and I have been teaching for over 10 years. I was trained as an opera singer at Northwestern University in Chicago, and visited 45 countries around the world while performing at opera houses in Italy, Germany, England, Argentina, France, Croatia and the Netherlands. I also teach German, French, and music, and I have lived in seven different countries with my husband and our three well-traveled, geriatric cats.

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1. Embracing Brazil: Welcome to this travel Type History and Culture course, embracing Brazil, the Travel Tribe culture series, where we will explore Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and more. I'm Kelsey buffalo burgers, and I've traveled to 45 country as well, singing opera all around the world. In this dynamic, fast-paced course, we will explore the history, culture, food traditions, animals and weirdest and most intriguing things of this spectacular country. Make sure to reference your Travel Tribe culture series travel planner to help you organize your thoughts. I'm a coloring pages for your enjoyment. Discover all this and more in the best Travel Tribe History and Culture course. Make sure to bring your travel journal. As the saying goes. Traveling makes you speechless and then makes you a storyteller. We're going to use, I'll place viral way. We're going to have fun and play or getting on a plane, maybe eating food. Or c. Let's see friends, Let's see Spain, Let's see it. Let's see three. So let's say come up be, let's see China, Let's see Russia travel, trip. Let's go. Let's see France. Let's see, let's see. Let's see Greece, Colombia. Yeah, Let's see China and let's see Russia. Let's go. Let's get started. 2. Brazil Introduction: The largest country in South America. Brazil occupies 47% of the entire continent. Brazil is both a tropical paradise and a lively festive destination. Fall of idyllic beaches and jungle explorations. World-class museums and festive rebellions of Rio de Janeiro is Connie VAB. Your travel the world worksheet is available for your reference at all times during the course. A blank sheet is also provided for optional self-study. The Travel Tribe travel planner is used throughout the course as a way to note the food, clothing, holidays, must see sites, major cities and their attractions, and fun facts or pro tips that should be kept in mind when exploring. There are also some coloring pages provided for your enjoyment. Let's get started. 3. Geography of Brazil: Brazil is the largest country in South America. It's capital is Brasilia. It is called Brazil in Portuguese, the official language spoken in Brazil. The Brazilian flag is gold and green with a starry sky holding a banner with the country's motto, or them, a progress, so order and progress. Brazil, officially, the Federal Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. Nearly all of Brazil lies in the Southern Hemisphere. Mainly a tropical destination. Brazil has enormous stretches of rainforest, hosting exotic plants and animals. Brazil's environments and climates range from human jungle to dry deserts and cool forests to tropical savannas. They use the Brazilian and they drive on the right side of the road. The northern part of Brazil is mainly dominated by the Amazon River basin. The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest on earth, and about 60 percent of the entire world's rainforests are located in Brazil, with cities dotted in between. For example, the area Rio de Janeiro used to be 90 percent forest in Brazil is the only country with both the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn. And Brazil shares the gouache Sioux Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, with Argentina, the gouache. So river drops spectacularly in the semicircle of 247 waterfalls that tumble down into the gorge below. Some of the falls are more than 100 meters high, and they cover such a broad area. But you'll never see them all at once. But you do get a broad panorama from the Brazilian side, as opposed to the view from Argentina. Brazil's 4600 mile or 70, 400 kilometer Atlantic coastline has beautiful gold sandy beaches. And its interior is filled with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, and minerals. Brazil was ruled by Portugal until 1822, and gold from Brazil's gold mines still line the churches of Portugal's current capital, Lisbon. Portuguese influence can also be found across the Atlantic in Brazil's colonial architecture. The decorative tiles and it's churches and convents. And in the official language of Portuguese. 4. Brazil Cities: 87% of Brazilian locals live in cities, mainly along the Atlantic coast. The biggest cities in Brazil are Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasilia. The current capital is Brasilia, but Rio de Janeiro was Brazil's capital until 1961. These Brazilian cities are all known for the festive favelas, a type of government housing that are somewhat dangerous, but a major attraction to tourists. Nonetheless, as they are quite photogenic. As the country's cultural capital, Rio de Janeiro, has many noteworthy artistic, literary, and scientific institutions. The Brazilian Academy of letters, Academy of Sciences, and Museum of tomorrow are just some examples. European presence in over Eurasia and 80 dates back to the 15 hundreds. And in 1763, Rio de Janeiro became the capital of Brazil. Tropical forests used to cover more than 90 percent of this area. But large portions were developed in order to produce coffee and sugar cane. Rio de Janeiro is tropical coastline and river banks are the only remaining habitat of the golden lion tamarin. And the most famous landmark of the entire country is located in a real Christ, the Redeemer. The 98 foot statue stands tall on Sugarloaf Mountain overlooking the city. Sao Paulo is not only the largest city in Brazil, but in the entire southern hemisphere. Because Sao Paulo is on a plateau, roughly 2500 feet or 760 meters above sea level. The city is not quite as warm as those near the coast. With a nearly 22 million people. It is also the most populous city in Brazil and home to several of the tallest skyscrapers in the country, including Madame dado Valley, Italia by NASPAA, and the North Tower. Sao Paulo is known for its unpredictable weather. Massive helicopter fleet of around 500 registered helicopters, rides per day. Its architecture, its colorful cuisine, and near constant traffic jams. The city was founded in 1554. Monument to independence was built in Independence Park as a celebratory statue to commemorate when Brazil was proclaimed an independent nation in 1822. Sao Paulo is home to numerous other monuments, parks and museums, such as the Latin American memorial. Ev it up when I park the Museum of EBIT on gap, South bow, those Museum of Art and the Museum of the Portuguese language. Sao Paulo holds events such as the Sao Paulo Jazz Festival, the Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo Fashion Week, the Brazilian game show and Comic-Con, and the Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade that matches New York City's Pride March as the largest gay pride parade in the world. Sao Paulo is a modern melting pot home to a large era, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, and Portuguese population with folks from nearly 200 countries populating neighborhoods with a myriad of peoples and colorful cultural communities. Brasilia is the capital of Brazil, designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1960 and planned in the shape of an airplane. Brasilia was proclaimed a unesco World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its modern architecture and artistic urban planning. This unique design device the city into multiple districts, including the industry district, the accommodation and tourism district. And even though this makes Brasilia one of the least pedestrian friendly cities, it is very unique nonetheless. The city was named the city of design by unesco in 2017. And it was even built around an artificial link to boot, Lake, Potter law. Brasilia, the seat of all three branches of the Brazilian government, has around 4.6 million people. And it is known for its sixteenth-century cathedral, parte Duran metro Pollyanna, with its mixture of three architectural styles, renaissance, baroque, and neoclassical. 5. Brazil People & Animals: Brazil is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language, and the only Portuguese speaking country in the Americas. It covers three times zones. Brazil is one of the most distinctive nations due to its mass immigration from around the world. Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, and the second largest black population after Nigeria. There are 67 tribes in Brazil, but have little or no contact with the modern world. They are medically advanced and use health-related plant elixirs as a medicine. But often live deep in the jungle, fiercely defending their territory and they have scarce contact with the rest of the world. As the only Portuguese speakers on a Spanish continent. And really far away from the English-speaking world. Very few Brazilians speak English, especially outside of the touristy areas like Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. Brazil has a total population of more than 210 million people, and it is the largest Roman Catholic country. In fact, according to Portuguese records, Brazil was originally called the Land of the Holy Cross in Portuguese. However, it's named slowly changed when European sailors became accustomed to calling it the land of Brazil. Because of the Brazil wood supply. Eventually Brazil caught on the world. However, some sailors jokingly still call it by its third name. No more humorous land of parrots. Brazil has more animal and plant species than any other country in the world. The national animal is the jagged edge. But Brazil is also home to many other fascinating species, such as armadillos, to peers who must, and the Purana. Colorful to Ganz with big horned beaks can also be seen up in the trees, and pink dolphins can be seen playing and the warm rivers below. Brazil also has more monkey species than any other country in the world. The killer bee was created in a Brazilian lab. It was a mix between a European honeybee and an African beat in an effort to create a b that made more honey faster. Instead of angry be it came out and escapes the lab. It's spread through Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and California. Keller B is we'll attack if they smell perfume, see shiny jewelry or dark clothing, or even hear loud sounds. Even more frightening. If you try to hide under water, they will wait for you and attack when you come out. 6. Brazil History & Dance: As one of the earliest human remains found in the Americas, Let's see, a woman was found in the area of Pedro Leopold 0, and her bones provided evidence of human civilization in the Amazon region going back on 11 thousand years, the earliest pottery ever found in the western hemisphere, dating to around 6000 BCE, was also discovered in the Amazon basin. Brazil was occupied by numerous tribes prior to the landing of explorer Pedro Alvarez Cabral up in the year 1500, who claimed this area. For the Portuguese empire. Africans influenced the language, cuisine, music, religion, and dance of Brazil. Capillary. This blended style of dance is uniquely Brazilian and regarded as a sport. An Afro-Brazilian martial art with elements of acrobatics, music, and dance. Capoeira was developed by African slaves at the beginning of the 16th century. The core culture of Brazil has many Portuguese influences because of its strong ties to the Portuguese Empire. Among other influences, the Portuguese introduced Roman Catholicism. The Portuguese language, detailed architectural styles. By the 17th century, sugarcane was the main export and the slave trade brought many African slaves to the country. The Brazilian Gold Rush also attracted folks from all over the world. During this time, brazil remained a Portuguese colony until 1808, when the capital was transferred from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. Following three centuries under Portuguese rule, Brazil became an independent nation. In 1822. 7. Brazil Carnival & Food: Brazil is known for fresh fruits and vegetables, such as okra, coconuts, corn, and traditional dishes with beans and rice. Fish water is considered the national dish of Brazil. A simmering beans stew made with pork and rice. But some other typical Brazilian dishes include a small baked cheese roll or cheese bun, which is a popular snack and breakfast food. Jana, I drink, made with small red berries with lots of caffeine. Cuz Sheena, Brazilian breaded and deep fried snacks filled with shredded chicken and usually served with a chili dip. Brazil's festive atmosphere is associated with its world famous. A word derived from the Latin, gotten a violet, which means goodbye flesh or goodbye meet. This was originally a food festival. Were Catholics feasting on meat in preparation for the following 40 days of Lent, where they can have no meat whatsoever. At begins on Ash Wednesday. Starting on the Friday before Ash Wednesday, Brazil is known for its cheerful and vibrant atmosphere during cotton evolve. This massive festival is celebrated in many cities. But the academy Val in Rio de Janeiro is the world's biggest. Those cartoony Val is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest carnival in history. There are more than 10 million liters of beer consumed, countless donuts and sweet snacks. And more than 2 million people take to the streets each day during Carnival to celebrate and rebel in the festive atmosphere. Dancers practice and make their costumes and floats all year around in preparation for the massive celebration. Each district has their own samba school and participants compete against their local rivals. Some schools spend over 4 million US dollars on outfits and materials per year. 8. Christ The Redeemer Introduction: Gazing out over the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and the bay from the summit of cortico Envato, or hunchback in Portuguese. The colossal Jesus Christ Art Deco statue called the red and daughter, or Christ the Redeemer, is the newest of the seven wonders of the modern world. 9. Christ The Redeemer Fun Facts: Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, completed in 1931. This 98 foot or 30 meter high statue was created by the Polish French sculptor Paul Lander scheme. And the Brazilian engineer I dot da Silva Costa, who came up with the idea for the statue to face the rising sun, top of the mountain. The Christ Redeemer statue and audio deja nato has become one of the most popular tourist sites in all of Brazil. As it has become a symbolic protector of the people. With arms spanning 92 feet or 28 meters, as if to encompass all of humanity. This massive architectural feat was constructed of reinforced concrete and soapstone. It is the fourth largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world. The sanctuary of Christ, the Redeemer was the first open-air sanctuary on the planet. Although this is one of Brazil's most easily recognizable structures, it is often mistaken for the Christ of the Andes, confused with the statue that marks the border between Argentina and Chile. Brazil is Christ the Redeemer statue, built in 1931, is 98 feet tall. From 1931 until 2010, it was the largest Art Deco statue in the world. It has been damaged by lightning at least two times. Also, repairs in 2014 added more lightening rods to prevent future damage from lightning. It is 30 meters or 98 feet tall. 10. History of Christ The Redeemer: After World War II, the Roman Catholic archdiocese in Rio became concerned about the lack of religious faith within the Brazilian community. It was hoped that by building this massive statue of Jesus Christ on top of the tallest mountain, that it would discourage against the increasing godless snus of the country. The statue was to be placed on top of Mount Kournikova. Hello, and it would be visible from anywhere and everywhere in the Venn, capital of Rio de Janeiro as a way of reclaiming ratios Christianity. By the time of completion, the construction had caused 250 thousand US dollars or the current equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars. And it was funded entirely by the Catholic community of result. Because of the statues of massive size. Christ the Redeemer was put together on site. The materials were transported up cortico vital mountain on this train, the same one that was used to transport tourists. 11. Tijuca National Park: This statue is located on a 2300 foot or 709 meter tall hill, part of the tissue, aka national park, a tropical rainforest, and the remainder of what used to be a massive forest covering the entirety of Rio de Janeiro. Among the highlights of this 24 square mile or 39 square kilometer park are several waterfalls. The 19th century chapel, cappella, several caves. The park is also home to many animals, including glonass and monkeys. All right. 12. Christ The Redeemer Statue Conclusion: Christ the Redeemer as a sanctuary of celebration, charity, and culture. The statue is a masterpiece that expresses the feeling of holiness and the blessing of the Brazilian people. It was built as an expression of the divinity of Jesus Christ to green mind, the city of Rio de Janeiro that Jesus is watching. Would you like to visit the statue of Jesus Christ the Redeemer? How do you feel about the statue being built to remind the city of its religion? How would you feel if it was built in your hometown? Feel free to write down your thoughts in your travel journal. 13. Travel Tips Brazil: Here are some of my top travel tips when heading to this part of the world. Water. Don't drink the water. Don't drink anything with ice. Brush your teeth with tap water, or open your mouth in the shower. Make sure to use bottled or filtered water. Safety. Brazil has a bad reputation for being dangerous, but these occurrences are actually quite rare, especially for tourists. That's not to say that the country is free from crime as the favelas are known to be quite dangerous, particularly at night. So pickpocketing and robbery are fairly common. Travelers are advised to leave anything valuable in the hotel safe and anything irreplaceable at home. Make sure to conceal your cash and passport on your person and underneath your clothing. Mosquitoes, Brazil has many wonderful things, but also many mosquitoes to go along with that, which carry anything from the Zika virus to malaria, to the Dang and yellow fever. While you can take antimalarials, which is a must if you are in or passing through the so-called red zone and be vaccinated against yellow fever. Long sleeves, a good mosquito repellent and mosquito nets are your best possible defense against these pesky and deadly insects. Make sure to learn a few key phrases, but keep in mind, Portuguese is not the same as Spanish. Despite the grammar and spelling being somewhat similar, Portuguese and Spanish could not sound more different. So for all of you Spanish speakers, while you might pick up the language a little bit quicker, Portuguese is a different language in itself. And as with all travel, be patient. Speak slowly when using your native tongue. Smile and have fun. 14. Brazil Conclusion: As the third largest country in the world, Brazil is noisy, delicious, festive. Two cans are up in the trees of the Amazon. They call out to each other as the Amazon River flows below. And cotton valve breaks historic records with the number of people dancing and wearing glittery costumes. As one of the most fascial countries on the planet, Brazil is bursting with my from both the Amazon and its massive cities. What kind of costume or do you wear to currently Raul? Would you like to try a meal and visually or a dance vocabulary? Feel free to take notes in your travel journal and what your interest in Buddhism. Now that you have filled out your travel planner, feel free to share with the class. You're welcome to also post your coloring pages. Thank you for traveling with the travel time for future research. Some of my favorite travel books are a year in Provence by Peter male under the Tuscan Sun by Francis maze, wild by cheryl strayed, CouchSurfing in Iran by Stephen or and the cat who went to Paris by Peter gathers. For future traveling adventures, search, traveled, drive in the search bar. The next course in your travel journey is the history and culture of France and an exploration of Germany. I'd day and I look forward to seeing you at your next Travel Tribe adventure.