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Brazil: topics to disassemble

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The impressive Iguazu Falls

The ball rolled last Thursday, June 12 and the eyes of the entire planet are on the great country of Brazil. Therefore, we are going to start today a small series of articles about our experience in their lands.

Great in every way. Brazil is a quasicontinent in which some internal flights can take 5 or 6 hours. In such a vast geographical space, it is normal for there to be as many differences of all kinds as we find in the Carioca country.

However, through television, advertisements, travel agencies and others, the face of Brazil that has reached us Europeans is very different from what you find on the ground.

I was lucky to visit Brazil at the end of 2008, to return to the summer of 2011. In total I spent about three months in this magnificent country and, although I recognize that I did not have time to know it thoroughly, I could disassemble some of the typical topics We have in Europe.

Guarda do Embaú, near Florianopolis

They are all mulattos and mulattos

Many people who have not traveled to the country think that Brazilians and Brazilians are all mulattos and mulattos. It is like that. People stay in front of the windows of the travel agencies and see photos of paradisiacal beaches where, normally, women with cinnamon skin and stunning curves take a cheerful dip while they wait for you. The claim is immediate and powerful for men of all ages, but even more so for middle-aged people with purchasing power and divorces behind them.

But it is not only in that area. Also the ads about drinks, parties, kapoeira ... Favelas movies ... Almost everything that comes to us by visual means shows black or mulatto people. They quickly relate it to the African-American and Caribbean touch that awakens in the target audience an uncontrollable feeling of good vibes. And there is the sale.

But no, folks. Brazil is a mixture of cultures so diverse that it is difficult to make an ethnic map.

The town hall of Gramado. Swiss cut and one of the coldest places in Brazil

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