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February 20, 2014

Visiting northeast is a different world

Bom dia to my Cooperstown readers! 

I know it has been awhile since I wrote an article, but it is because I have been traveling the majority of January into February. I started by going to a beach called Ubatuba in São Paulo with my family, and then started my “dream trip”of the northeast of Brasil on the 25th. 

The northeast is famous for its glorious beaches and rich culture. It was a completely different world than my home in the interior of São Paulo. The cities I visited in the northeast including Recife, Olinda and Salvador are filled with historical sights where Brasil started in the colonial times. I saw the strong influence of the African slave culture that is now integrated into the northeastern life. It can be seen in the music (samba, Axè) and dance (samba, capoeira). 

The Portuguese accent is a lot different, and it took me awhile to understand. My group visited all different types of beaches in the northeast. There are beaches full of movement and vendors but one can also find tranquil beaches surrounded by forest. 

As my group toured the northeast, I got to see the interior of the states. I had heard it was poor, but I have never seen anything like the poverty there. It’s very different than where I live in Sao Paulo. The land is very dry, so the farming is not very profitable, leaving a majority of people in poverty. 

I ended my trip in the dream city, also known as Rio de Janeiro! In two short days, I did every tourist thing in Rio de Janeiro including Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the famous Ipanema beach, and watched a soccer game in Maracana Stadium. 

I am so grateful I had a chance to see Rio, and I know I will return.

 As for now, I’ve gone home and returned to school. Just like any student, I’m just trying to get used to my school schedule again. 

Until next time!

Aisling Mcgoldrick is a Cooperstown Rotary Student in Brazil. 

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