Repúbluca Federativa do Brasil
Although I love getting my college Humanities students excited by telling them how I have traveled through most of South America, it is not true. I have never visited Brazil, which is half the continent. We are looking into a cruise next spring that will take us to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay, and four ports in Brazil to be determined.
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, with a population of nearly 200 million people. I don’t know much about it, but I am doing some research as I get time.
Years ago, I did some graduate work on Brazilian philosopher, Paolo Freire, best known for his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire theorized on ways to educate masses of poverty-stricken people in his country and throughout South America. In any event, I became interested in the culture, but never had the opportunity to check it out first hand.
Brazil is comprised of massive forests totaling nearly 3.5 million square miles. The nation shares its borders with every South American country except Ecuador and Chile.
This is a country of adventure, with diverse cultures and ethnicities, which add to its fascination. I don’t think I desire to canoe the Amazon, but there are other, safer, intriguing sections of the land to explore, probably in the cities.
One must be somewhat careful, which is why we have chosen the cruise route for a visit. I had an interest in fishing the beautiful Lake Paranoa, until I discovered the poor sanitary conditions in so much of the area, and accessibility only by small planes. The country also has the highest automobile highway death rate in the world.
I am told that in the larger cities the restaurants are magnificent and the food excellently prepared, with plenty of fresh vegetables for those among us who are non-meat eaters.
If any of you have visited Brazil, I would love to get some feedback, pro or con.