Chimarrão, typical drink
Chimarrão is a typically gaucho drink. It is hot and bitter. It consists of a kind of tea made with hot water and mate herb. It is drunk in a special recipient called CUIA and you suck the liquid through a kind of straw called BOMBA. Gauchos (the people from the state of Rio Grande do Sul) usually have chimarrão in the morning, as breakfast, and every weekend, while walking in the parks of the city. You have to try it!
WINTER:NEVER ENOUGH CLOTHES/SUMMER:GET NACKED!
Winter here can be really cruel,it was the first time I had to shopping for sweaters and coats,and the cold was almost my breakpoint back to Rio first year here,I really didn't know anything about cold before,it's terrible to wake up in the morning,I gave up pijamas and get asleep with part of the clothes I will dress next morning,it makes all easier,less torturing!
Summer is a hell,so wet and hot,you wish only to get back home and be nacked or go to the first swiming pool on your way!! You can buy almost everything you wish in the pharmacies without a prescription,but nowadays,the Health Ministry got more hard on this issue,and many times they will ask you for a medical prescription,finally!!
Mostly I recomend medicines for cold,as the weather here in the winter nakes the most improvedvacinations a joke! This picture is pretty old,and show you how the city was almost submerged by the Guaiba lake during the rain seasons,in the winter.
Actually,it happened also in the summer.
This inundations were quite frequent here as I heard from some locals,the epidemic diseases runned those days because of the inundations,and all was a mess,some inhabitants have many stories of those times!
Look at the train station submerged!!
With over than 20 years tradition, it offers the real pizza as if it was made by the Italian settlers with a thin and crusty dough. Excellent quality an variety in pizzas, calzones and other dishes.
Matriz Square ( Marechal Deodoro Square )
It is located in the city “heart” and is also known as the “square of the power” because there are located the decisional headquarters of the executive, legislative and judiciary.The impressive Catholic Cathedral built in pink granite and with one of the biggest domes in the world is also located around the square. Also the São Pedro Theater is located at square.
While passing by Porto Alegre, in July 1820, August Saint Hilaire has written about the splendid view that one could have from there. In fact, Matriz Square landscape is one of the unique and most captivating locations in the world.
The first Azorean couples that came to Porto Alegre, in 1752, settled down in the area that nowadays is the "Gasômetro end". From there, the village has grown through the low land, along the river, by the delineation that nowadays is Andradas Street (popularly known as "rua da praia"). On those times, the churches used to be built at the height and, thus, between 1772 and 1773, on the site where today we have the Cathedral, it was built the Matriz Church, in honor of Our Lady Mother of God. Due to this, the front area started to be called as Matriz Square. On those times (end of the XIX and beginning of the XX century), the Fogos do Espírito Santo festivals started to take place there, attracting the community to the square. Between 1846 and 1848, the square was improved with pavements on the east and west sides. In 1858, on its northern part, it was inaugurated São Pedro Theater. In 1865, it was named Dom Pedro II Square. Between 1883 and 1885, it was urbanized, and received a garden, trees and paved paths. In 1914, it was inaugurated the monument in honor to Júlio de Castilhos. From 1909 to 1921, Palácio Piratini was built; and, in 1921, the Cathedral construction was started.
Since the Republic was proclaimed, its official name is Marechal Deodoro Square, a name that is not known by the portoalegrenses, who prefer the former "Matriz Square".
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