Yerba Mate is a tea which is common in southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uraguay, and Argentina. It is brewed from the dried leaves and stemlets of the perennial tree "Ilex Paraguariensis." Mate has been consumed since ancient times by the Indians of Brazil and Paraguay. In the 16th century, a Spanish explorer named Juan de Solis sampled the tea and noted that it "produced exhilatation and relief from fatigue." It became very popular among the Spaniards, whereupon the Jesuits developed tea plantations, and yerba mate became known as "Jesuit tea." Studies on Yerba Mate have found that it stimulates the circulation so one feels alert, yet it relaxes the smooth muscles so one feels physically relaxed.
Tip the gourd to the side, and fill it with the mate up to 3/4 its capacity. Add a little cold water into the hollow area of the gourd, but don't allow it to be filled over the top of the mate. Leave the gourd tilted for a few mintues until the mate has absorbed the water. Cover the bombilla (the metal straw) with your thumb, and insert it into the hollow area of the gourd. Pour the very hot water into the gourd and enjoy. Never use boiling water. It is common to have a thermos of hot water so you can continually fill your gourd and enjoy the yerba mate until it is virtually without taste.
Does Yerba Mate has caffeine? It has something called "matteine" which is similar in composition to caffeine, but which is valued for its regenerative effects. It does not cause jitters and nervousness, and it still allows you to sleep at night.
Some Benefits: stimulant, increases fat-burning, enhances memory, enhances immunity, lowers blood pressure, antioxidant, relieves pain, anti-depressant, balances and calms nerves.
METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL:the cathedral had its foundation stone laid in 1921.the dome,with 75m in height and 18m in diameter,is one of the tallest in the world.
The three mosaic panels on the facade were made at the vatican's worshop.The pictures show the cathedral beauty inside and the entrance..
" DA PINTADA " ISLE
It's one of the attractions when you take the boat,many years ago,the inhabitants of this isle supplied fishes,vegetables and milk for the city.
Today,you can find here very fancy millionaires houses side by side with the poverty of the natives!
Picture:Anne,Kevin,Lenisa,background,the city,near " Da Pintada " isle.
Santander Cultural Center is maintained by the Brazilian Cultural Banco Santander in a historic building in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul is located in the Custom Square.
The construction of the building was begun in 1927 and completed in 1931 with engineering design of Hippolytus Fabre, and facades and ornamentation designed by Fernando Corona, who also personally carved the group's frontispiece. Theo Wiederspahn cooperated in architectural design. The interior was designed by Stephan Sobczak, Polish architect. The sculptures in the existing rear facade were performed by Alfredo Staege.
The building has approximately 5,600 square feet of building area and is listed by the State Historical Heritage, as part of an architectural style valuable of the Centre, with the establishment of the cultural center, has won another major boost to revitalization.
It has an eclectic architecture, with a predominance of neoclassical elements. Its plan is rectangular, with five floors plus a basement, and the facades are raised on a granite base and are coated cirex (mass shaved and mica), with fine ornamental and sculptural decoration. Are remarkable for their smooth large columns with Corinthian capitals. Inside there is a large central hall lit by a skylight with wonderful stained glass of French origin, surrounded by beautiful stately columns and balustrades.
The old building, once served as headquarters of the banks of the Province, National Commerce, Southern Brazil and South, and is now managed by Santander, has been restored and adapted for a modern center for art and culture.
The main intervention was the creation of an atrium and on the ground floor and second floor space was organized to house exhibitions, and the ancient underground vaults have been turned into a cinema, cafe and restaurants. Has hosted major exhibitions in the city, like the painters Miro and Pablo Picasso, a retrospective of Vera Chaves Barcellos, and has also served as one of the spaces of the Biennale of MERCOSUL.
Porto Alegre bah !
Porto Alegre, the largest city in southern Brazil, is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, land of the Gauchos, and churrasco. The city, located on the Guaiba River, was founded in 1742 by immigrants from the Azores. Since the 19th century the city has received numerous from other parts of the world, particularly Germany, Poland, and Italy. Located at the junction of five rivers, it has become an important alluvial port as well as one of the chief industrial and commercial centers in Brazil. With the advent of the Mercosul accord it should grow and prosper. Products of the rich agricultural and pastoral hinterland, such as soybeans, leather, canned beef, and rice, are exported from Porto Alegre to destinations as far away as Africa and Japan. It has a population of about 1,500,000 inhabitants.