Monday, March 28, 2011
Our exciting visit to Gramado ended with an interesting movie we watched at Palácio dos Festivais, where annually the best of Brazilian movies are awarded. We watched the movie Não se pode viver sem amor. This a fascinating movie which narrates a story about a mother and son who arrive in Rio de Janeiro in a December 23th in order to look for the boy's father. This journey reveals that we cannot live without love. I appreciated the movie because it is always good to see Rio de Janeiro. Besides, I believe we should trust the quality of movies produced in Brazil. I was fascinated with Cauã Raymond's acting. He is an actor who incorporates the character.
I am sure you noticed that my last vacation was busy! I spent some time with all UFSC Tutors, which is why now I am going to tell you about the time I have spent with Rossana and her family in Gramado. To begin with, we visited three traditional chocolate factories: Dolcemonte, Lugano, and Prawer. There you can taste several kinds of chocolate for free. I liked it! (http://www.feriasbrasil.com.br/rs/gramado/chocolate.cfm) With full energy we went to Lago Negro (http://www.feriasbrasil.com.br/rs/gramado/lagonegro.cfm). I was afraid with the fact of being in the middle of a lake, but Rossana and her family were brave and rode the swan shaped "pedalinho". However, they had to wear life vests and they weren't allowed to feed the fish. In addition, there was a sign indicating that you can't step on the grass! Would you agree with that rule? Come on... it is a park!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Hi there! I visited Amsterdam during my last vocation and I would like to share with you my impressions about some interesting places. I was reading the City Guide of Amsterdam when, surprisingly, I found a couple of unusual museums. One of them is the Museum of Bags and Purses (http://www.tassenmuseum.nl/en), the largest in the world. It offers a collection dating from the 16th century until now. All those shapes, colors, and sizes are amazing! Sadly, a wonderful collection of bags is offered at the museum shop, however I did not had money to buy any! The other curious museum is the Diamond Museum (http://www.diamantmuseumamsterdam.nl/). Besides all the history of diamonds in the world (even in Brazil), the museum exhibits famous diamonds, crowns, and jewelry. In addition, the museum shows how the industrialization of diamond works, that is, we can see workers polishing diamonds in front of us! Really cool! Finally, I was leaving the museum when, unexpectedly, I found a computer which allows us to take picture of ourselves and, then, we can choose pictures of crowns and jewelry to add to our picture! Nice toy! Of course I chose a fancy crown to add to my picture! Besides, Amsterdam has lots of other fantastic places, such as: the Rijks Museum (http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/), Madame Tussaud (http://www.madametussauds.com/Amsterdam/en/Default.aspx), Nemo Science Center (http://www.e-nemo.nl/en/?id=1), and the Van Gogh Museum (http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp). Above, you can see a picture I took of tutor Kátia at the Madame Tussaud and another at the Rijks Museum. We traveled together! What an adventure!