” It was not a bad dream, because if it had been one, we would have woken up” (Tino Marcos). It is real. The chance to be champion for the sixth time has been postponed once again. However, I always try to see the bright side of everything. We cannot always win and everything in life, good or bad, is a lesson to be learned.
In Brazil, the number one holiday in February is Carnaval, which is deemed the largest collective party in the entire world. It´s a five-day holiday, that´s right, a five-day holiday in which people go away, relax and have fun. A traditional activity during this period is getting together to sing and dance. In different parts of Brazil, the musical style during carnaval ranges from regional folk music to the carioca samba. ” Foliões”, which is how the people who participate in the celebration are called, either travel to the coast or go to Rio and Sao Paulo to see the samba schools´ parades. Each school presents a theme and parade accordingly and during the parade, a group of jurors analyse and grade every aspect of it, from the clothes they wear to the music they play. The parades officially start out in São Paulo on Friday and Saturday. The two parades take place in Anhembi and are broadcast live to all viewers. On Sunday and Monday, it´s Rio´s schools’ turn to astonish the viewers with their costumes, props and ornamented cars. Sapucaí is the place chosen for such monumental event, which is also broadcast live to anyone who´s willing to see it. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the results come out and Rio and Sao Paulo´s winning schools celebrate their victory with the Winners´ Parade, also broadcast live. Every year, carnaval is held in February. However, this year it´s from March 1st to March 5th, which is pretty unusual. Still, brazilians love it because any reason is a reason to sing and dance, even when the date is not right.
In Brazil, January is usually a period for vacationing. After New Year’s Day though, many people continue working normally. School term, however, only starts in February. This year in particular, because the World Cup will be held here, school term will start late January. Apart from New Year’s Day and Peace Day, both on January 1st, there are no other significant celebrations this month.
Boo hoo! Vacation is over and we’re on our way back to Brazil. Although many people think traveling is more exhausting than relaxing, I think otherwise. Traveling and being able to meet different people and see different places is totally worth it! It’s worth the twelve-hour flight and other little inconveniences such as the freezing weather. I’ll have wonderful memories and stories to tell.The activities below have as a final outcome ‘writing about your last vacation’.
Nooooo!!! Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s a bummer that we’re leaving tomorrow. There’s still so much to be seen and done! Today, we went to MANITOU SPRINGS. We went hiking exploring, shopping and, of course, we grabbed a bite to eat. A great place to spend some time in and shop for souvenirs. The weather was about 8oC in the afternoon, hotter than the previous days but still cold, compared to Brasilia. The houses built there are magnificent. I only wanted to take pictures of them.
We had tons of fun today. Five minutes away from our hotel, OLD COLORADO CITY is a place full of galleries, specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants with live music.
Colorado Springs today was beautiful. Let’s face it! I love my hometown, Brasilia, but snow is something I will never see there as long as I live. Therefore, I’m enjoying every minute of this fantastic trip. Despite the temperature, which was -5o C, we didn’t have any snow. We had the sun and a few clouds, though. PIKES PEAK is one hour and ten minutes away from our hotel. We left the hotel in the morning, so we could enjoy our visit as much as possible. We’ve been to GARDEN OF THE GODS, too, where we have exhibits, walks, hikes and tours. Never before had I seen such beauty. I’m delighted by it’s uniqueness and breathtaking views!
We’ve been to CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO, where we tried delicious food, visited and fed the animals and watched the Animal Show.
My parents and I have just finished packing. We finally have everything prepared for our next vacation. We’re not going to Europe though. We’re flying to Sao Paulo and there, we’re taking a plane to Colorado. We’re going to stay at a hotel. My parents get bored very easily, so we’re going to stay there for just a week. If I’m lucky, I’ll talk them into staying longer.
It’s gonna be an eleven-hour flight from Sao Paulo to our destination but it’s fine by me! I’m so excited, I just can’t keep still. Bye!
In Brazil, we celebrate New Year’s by wearing white clothes and having a delicious meal at the strike of midnight. At midnight, we also gather to see the fireworks on the street and the fireworks the mainstream TV stations broadcast from different parts of the world. We stay up until the crack of dawn playing games, talking, drinking and eating a lot. The next day, we wake up very late and eat the left overs for lunch.
Yeah…it’s official. Super Duper definitely HAS A THING for that girl. You can tell he really FELL FOR her.
After practicing the use of the third person in the Simple Present, students are to draw and write about their best friend.
Just like any other teenager, Super Duper also has his gang. They hang out and have fun together. Let’s meet them.
Click on the picture to see how Super Duper’s festivities went.
In Brazil, we usually have a feast that is prepared throughout the day and served at eleven o’clock p.m. However, some families wait until midnight, so they can eat. Turkey is a must on Christmas night. Traditionally, we also have “farofa” (toasted manioc flour), rice and potato salad.
In Brazil, many people are still drawn to shopping at Christmas time. At least among the people I know, exchanging gifts is a solid tradition and I don’t see it ending any time soon. However, Brazil still is a catholic country, so lots of people go to the church on Christmas night for a two-hour celebration in order to remind themselves of the real meaning of this date.
Streets, stores and houses have been decorated, trees have been set up, lights have been lit, feasts have been thought through and presents have been bought. We’re all waiting for the most important holiday of all and it’s time for me to start sorting out the ornaments for our Christmas tree. How about you? Have you started prepping for Christmas yet?
Right now, I’m upset because we’re not going to Europe for the holidays anymore. We’re going after the holidays because of dad’s work. Bummer!
However, I’m glad December is coming because it’s my favorite time of the year. I’m going to start prepping the house for the festivities. There is a lot to do.
I went shopping today and tried on some cool costumes but it took me a while to finally find the right one. I hope you like it as much as I did. It fits me like a glove!
This year, I’m celebrating Halloween but I haven’t decided what to wear yet! Well, actually I have something in mind but I’m still mulling it over . I don’t wanna make any mistakes. Anyways, I’m going to a costume store next week, so I’ll keep you posted. By the way, do you celebrate Halloween? Have you decided what to wear yet?
The images below are supposed to be used to practice describing one’s school. Students can practice CAN for permission, CAN’T for prohibition, HAVE TO for obligation and DON’T HAVE TO for not necessary. They can also practice saying which their favorite subject is and when they have it and which their least favorite subject is.To wrap things up, students may be asked to write a short paragraph about their school.
Super Duper studies in the morning. He goes to school in Brasília, Brazil. Click on the picture below and see what it is like.