The following words were taken from the second post published in this blog. I believe they express a good idea about the concept of My Brazilian Brasil.

“I could not think of any other way to describe Brazil by saying it is the true home of the brave. May a fellow american reader claim this is an outrageous assault of the State’s anthem, a pure case of author’s right violation and patriotic robbery. Well, pardon me! But if you put one foot on this green-and-yellow land I’m writting from, maybe my barefaced act will not seem so in vain. Let me explain.

Surviving in Brazil is not an easy task. There are plenty of items to be put on a list that would answer anyone that asks “why?”. I’m not a brazilianist researcher, neither my knowledge about this country covers 1/1000 that is out there to be learned. But there’s one thing that I have, and is of great value: I wake up and go to sleep everyday here.

As I walk by my hometown, Rio de Janeiro, each corner tells me that we still have a long, long way before calling ourselves a developed country. Poverty, lack of public conservation, lack of adequate transportation, a constant feeling of insecurity. All that in contrast to an exuberant natural beauty and an true friendly and kind people makes my head go nuts, thinking that if our politicians had a little more care with this land, Brazil would definetly be the closest example of heaven on Earth. For now, even angels have to struggle in order to survive here.

If you have interest and patience, this blog’s updates are intended to express my personal view on why it is so difficult to just lean back, put on a nice samba cd, serve myself a tasty caipirinha and think that everything is allright. Maybe they will make you see that we are definetly the home of the Brave but, unfortunately, not the land of the free.”

About the author:

Luis Paulo Fraga, 24 years old, brazilian, born in Rio de Janeiro, journalist and law student. (So strange to write in 3rd person.. let me change.)

Ok, that’s a little bit of me up there. Feel free to contact me anytime, just leave a comment with your e-mail and I’ll try my best to answer fast.


3 responses to “About

  1. Hi Luis! I am a Swede currently living my dream in Miami as a Personal Trainer with my own nich, back to basic training outdoors. What does this have to do with you? Everything I would say! Let me clarify. I have worked with several clients from Brazil that come to Miami either to invest or invest or party then invest. I have noticed their great dedication to health which makes my life even more fun. I am currently studying Portugese (Brazilian) to be able to better communicate with this niche of tourist that are here and gives me more energy then many of the other nationalities here in Miami. My wish to learn the language will also come handy when I start my blog about how to train yourself to your fitness goals outside of your comfort zone. My question to you, finally revealing why you’ve read so far, is which magazines or websites do you think are the best in Brazil? My goal is to become their Wikipedia answer for Health in Miami!

    Thanks in advance!

    Richard Love

  2. Oi Luis!

    Na verdade não sou brasileira, sou americana mas fiz faculdade ai no Rio e adorei ler sua perspectiva sobre essa cidade e o Brazilian Lifestyle em geral! Por quê você parou de escrever o blog?

    • Olá, Shannon! May I reply in portuguese? Muito obrigado pelo comentário. Na verdade, o motivo que me levou a parar foi a falta de tempo. No entanto, não perdi a vontade. Talvez seja uma boa ideia voltar a escrever aqui. Você fez faculdade onde? Se foi na PUC talvez já tenhamos nos cruzado por lá.

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