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The life of the people living in Niteroi.


More or less 20 kilometers away from Rio de Janeiro and separated by the Guanabara Bay, Niterói is a city of incredible beauty. Well known for having the most beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi also has wonderful constructions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer), and beaches that are well known worldwide especially by surfers. Elected as one of the Brazilian cities with a better quality of life, Niterói, despite being a big city still preserves the air of a small town, where everybody still knows everybody and the inhabitants of Niteroi have a unique profile which differs a lot with the neighboring inhabitants of Rio. The famous "Ponte" (a bridge of more than 13 Km.) connects those two special cities. Every day thousands of people cross this bridge to go to work or they use the ferries. Especially from Niteroi towards Rio de Janeiro. On the other hand there is a huge traffic of students towards Niteroi, because Niteroi houses one of the major universities. Niteroi is also a much more residential city with lots of housing and during the weekend a lot of leisure on the beaches. Niteroi also has a lot of restaurants and bars.

The "Cariocas"

The sun, the sea, Corcovado ,Sugar Loaf, Mulata, Copacabana, samba, Carnival, Feijoada, Favela and Funk Carioca. All this is "Rio de Janeiro". But Rio wouldn't be Rio if it wasn't for the people living there ... the Cariocas! Happy people, tanned, beautiful and friendly. They themselves pretend to be the best hosts of Brazil. It is possible that all this sympathy finds its base in the very structure of the city. The people of Rio are a mixture of people all over of Brazil and all over the world. Only in Rio you can find the rich living next to the poor and frequenting the same bars and beaches. The breathtaking views of this Marvelous City, postcards with the houses of the rich alongside the slums. It is this mixture of cultures that makes the difference in this city. Everyone is welcome and everyone is a friend ... In the southern area of the city (zona sul) , where we can find the most beautiful and known beaches, we can also find the typical and famous lifestyle of the cariocas. The Bars with tables on the sidewalks, where friends meet to have a drink or an ice cream. The beaches where they have a fresh coconut or a walk by the beach. Everybody has a story to tell and if they can they tell them all at the same time... but even then they understand what they mean....
Each has his own accent, from every corner of Brazil, or even better, every corner of the world, but everyone just falls in love with this city. That is what makes the difference here... the people .... No need to be born in Rio de Janeiro to be a Carioca ... Carioca is to be happy and enjoy the simple things in live!

Carioca, in fact, is a state of mind ...

The "Brazilians"

Temperatures above 40 º in the North, Northeast and Southeast of Brazil. Drought in the Midwest and Northeast of Brazil. Much more rain and mild temperatures in the South and the Southeast of Brazil. Zero degree Celsius, negative and sometimes snow (timid) in the south, only a country with continental dimensions like Brazil can have all this happening at the same time. You can find Brazilians all over the world and they make visitors from all over the world feel at home in their country. The Brazilian people have to undergo the stories of corruption and military coups, droughts and floods, social inequalities and a weak currency. They are influenced by various cultures of various countries in the world, with immigrants and tourists. Already having a very strong culture of their own with their dishes, parties, dances and songs, their unique natural beauty of beaches, mountains, valleys, forests and monuments and waterfalls. All this makes Brazil and the Brazilians a country and a nation unique in the world. Hospitable by nature, the Brazilian can tries to speak all the languages of the world, even if they do not manage to speak their own language rightfully. They use their good will and sympathy to make an effort to communicate with all people who visit their country. Brazilians are hopeful and beautiful. Hopeful because all of the problems of a third world country, beautiful because of the mixture of races and people. The Brazilians unite in natural disasters and heinous crimes. They unite in the struggle against inequality and suffering. The Brazilians unite in the World Cup and Carnival. They are fun and entertaining. The Brazilians are happy people!

Coffee and what it means to Brazilians.

The name for Breakfast in Brazilian Portuguese is "Café da Manhã". So there we have it already "coffee" inserted itself in the first meal of the day, whether you like it or not. With a strong and bitter taste, the coffee is consumed daily during breakfast, after meals (often served as a courtesy in restaurants) and as the British have their afternoon tea, the Brazilians have their afternoon coffee. Mixed with milk, seasoned with sugar or even pure, coffee is a popular drink in the life of Brazilians. Traditionally the coffee is served to guests, be it at home, at the barber, in a shop or in the office, you will even see people vending coffee on the beach. Coffee is a “national mania”.

Having a beer at the end of the afternoon.

Throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro you can find bars and restaurants crowded with people enjoying their beer in the late afternoon. The beer should be nicely chilled at about 3 degrees, that's the way they like to have their beer here.
Once the Cariocas leave their job, the men leave their jackets on the backrest of the chair and they loosen their ties. As for the women, they leave their handbags on the side and put their hair together. Pretty soon the tables that seat 4 people are full and they start adding chairs as the places get crowded, hands are going up in the air to ask for beers and they all start having conversations, they start talking louder and louder, the waiters never stop switching the old glasses for newly chilled glasses, every little thing is a reason for a toast. Every day we see the same ritual occurring all over Rio de Janeiro. The beer in the late afternoon with friends or just someone you just met at the next table. But don't think you would be excluded, everybody is welcome, just choose your bar, your table and your waiter and ask for your "chopp bem gelado" and ....

Brazilians and Soccer

A game at Maracana

Every 4 years, Brazil stops. Not because of the presidential elections or a leap year... no what makes Brazil and the Brazilians stop is the World Cup. The only country in the world that won the World cup 5 times, and they probably wouldn't have won them if it wasn't for the passion they share for this sport. During the games of the World cup, the streets are empty, TV channels change their programming, offices are being closed and everybody is assisting the game at hand, with lots of beer, parties and the longing for another title.
But since the Brazilians are so passionate about soccer they wouldn't be satisfied with a World Cup every 4 years. Soccer is a always the conversation of the day. And it is not only men talking about soccer, women and even children can converse for hours about the subject. The competition of the state championships is very fierce between the teams and their fans. The stadiums are always filled up with their fans, supporting their teams. There is also the Brazilian championship that rounds up the best teams from all over Brazil and which lasts almost an entire year. Since Brazil is a big country, the supporters have to make long voyages to follow their teams, and they do.
But even when the big teams are not playing, the Brazilians can't stop thinking about soccer, they play on the beach, on the field, during the day or during the night, there is no difference between rich or poor, no age or sex, everybody just wants to play ball. The shirt of their team and the shirt of the national team are like banners of the Brazilian people.

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