Música popular brasileira or MPB is the Brazilian pop music. It is a trend of bossa nova, samba and other Brazilian regional music, combining also with foreign influences. MPB was in the mid-1960s an intellectual movement made for student population, which made MPB later be known as "university music”. By that time, music was used to criticize injustice and government repression, especially military dictatorship and imperialism. A variation of MPB was the influential artistic movement “Tropicália”. Some famous artists of MPB are Elis Regina, Caetano Veloso, Vinicius de Moraes, Chico Buarque, Jorge Ben, Novos Bainos, Dominguinhos and others. One of my favorites is Jorge Ben <3 and the song País Tropical is a Brazilian “anthem” which talks about Brazil, the tropical country. J
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The colors of the Brazilian flag are green, yellow, blue and white. Green represents the nature, yellow the gold, blue the sky and each white star represents one of the states and the Federal District. The inscription “Ordem e Progresso” comes from a positive French team “"L'amour pour principe et l'ordre pour base; le progrès pour but". It means Love in the beginning, order as a foundation and progress in the end.
Another tourist spot in Brazil is the international known, Rio de Janeiro. I confess that I have never been there before. But I’ll have my first visit soon J. There we can visit the Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer, Leblon and Copacabana Beach, the Maracanã Stadium, the Carnival and the Pão de Açúcar trolley. I can’t wait!! <3
I just noticed that I have been miswriting the name of my country! But wait.. Am I? In Brazil, we write with an “S”, outside the country everybody writes with “Z”. I have searched the reason why but I couldn’t find any explanation. The obvious answer for me is that in Portuguese the “S” sounds like “Z”, and in English for example, it doesn’t. So to not mispronounce Brazil is written with a “Z” when is not in “Brasil”. Well I hope I am right ;)
I was born in São Bernardo do Campo, which is a city of the state of São Paulo. This state is a huge industrial complex, it has the largest population and it is the richest state in Brazil. It was early populated by Native Americans, Africans and Europeans, including Italians, Portuguese and Spanish. Now days the state is also the largest Japanese community outside of Japan itself. The state has a really diverse culture, a lot of important museums, architectural projects, a huge night life, movies, theaters, green parks, nature and beaches. São Paulo is for sure a state to be visit while visiting Brazil.
Going to the doctor is never fun, but obviously necessary once in a while. When you are in a different country, it can be even more complicated, especially when the health system is so different. First at all, it is complicated depending on how fluent a person is in a language, to fill out a lot of forms with technician terms about your health. The doctor’s terms are complicated in our own language, imagine in a different one! However, I didn’t have a hard time filling out the forms, I might also confess that my inseparable best friend follows me wherever I go: Google translate app…haha.
Some other thing that is very different is the health system by its own. In America to be able to go to the doctor, you have to pay no matter what. Even if you have a health insurance, besides the monthly payment, you have also to pay co-pays –or the full price depending on what kind you have- when you go to the doctor, when you do exams or when you go to the hospital.
In Brazil, we have private health insurances and public health. In the private one, you usually have a monthly payment and that’s it. You don’t have to pay anything else when you visit the doctor or do whatever other procedure. Imagine how I felt when I realized that here I would have to pay for everything! In the public health you don’t pay anything, in our taxes that’s a part that is destined to health. It includes everything: maternity, exams, doctor’s visit, and even surgery. However, nothing is as good as it seems to be. There are some cities where the hospitals are too crowded, and there is a lack of doctors, medications and the wait to an appointment can take six months.
Even with all the problems, the population have an option when they can’t really afford to pay a private one. The public health insurance is not as efficient as it should be, but at least it is there if you need it, and it’s comforting to know that. And I’m sure it could be so much better if all the money destined to health would really used to that, instead of being diverted. But this is the subject for another topic…
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
After 1 year and 9 months I am going to Brazil on May!! J It has been a long time that I don’t see my family and friends, and my lovely city! I am in the same proportion excited and nervous (I am freaking out). There are so much emotions involved in this travel that is hard to be just happy and enjoy it. I feel like I forgot how my mom’s and dad’s hug feels like, their expressions while they are talking, the way they do simple things like eat or laugh. Nowadays it is almost impossible for anyone don’t have means to use internet, and we do talk on skype a lot. I can see and heard them, but something in my mind is missing. The face-to-face contact has been kind of erased from my mind, which is really sad. And really awesome and happy because I will see them soon, right? However, I am so anxious that I don’t even like to think about it, but I do every day and every night – I dream that I am arriving there every night - . I might be crazy J but I feel like Brazil is a virtual place haha let me explain.. I talk to my families and friends every day through Whatssapp, Skype and Imessage. I know they are there and I know they are real lol. But since I left home, I never came back there, this is going to be the first time. It is as if I have left everything behind, it is another reality, and another life that I used to have and I just abandoned. However, I am coming back to this reality – for some days - that is not mine anymore. It is not a bad reality there, not at all, I have so many loving people that I care and appreciate so much. But for almost 2 years, they have been the people that I love, that I just talk through the internet and don’t see. All these feelings and thoughts are insane, but this is how I feel. Now, not considering all this…– how? right? Haha – I am sure my husband and I will have a lot of fun there. We will stay with my parents at the beach in Sao Paulo, we will all visit Rio for a day, we will cook our famous Brazilian barbecue – so yummy - , and go out, dance and enjoy. I can’t wait, I really can’t! <3