Porto Alegre Local Customs

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    Greeting people

    by RaquelMac Updated Jan 10, 2004

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    Men only shake hands, or hug if they are close. They sometimes tap each other on the back to show friendliness.
    Women can both shake hands (more formal situation) or kiss on the cheek and hug, if they are closer.
    Also, when kissing on the cheeks, we kiss three times and not two as in the rest of Brazil.

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    Chimarrão, typical drink

    by RaquelMac Updated Jan 10, 2004

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    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!

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    Three Kisses: if a person...

    by Julie_B Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Three Kisses: if a person greets you and kisses you three times, alternating cheeks, don't be alarmed! This is a commom way of meeting people, act naturally. Attention: women kiss on the cheek, men kiss women on the cheek but men don't kiss other men, they shake hands.

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    Chimarrão:It's a typical drink...

    by Julie_B Updated Sep 13, 2002

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    Chimarrão:It's a typical drink in Rio Grande do Sul that tastes like tea. Chimarrão is served in a 'cuia', which is made from the shell of a native plant of the region, the 'porongo'. Inside the 'cuia' is placed ground erva-mate leaves, and a steel straw called the 'bomba'. After the erva-mate is put inside the cuia, hot water is poured inside to make the chimarrão.The drink is served very hot and drunk through the 'bomba'.

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    Churrasco: The traditional...

    by Julie_B Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Churrasco: The traditional Gaucho barbecue, is a generic name for various cuts of meat made from cattle or. sheep. These meats are flavoured with thick salt and cooked on charcoal fire. Initially eaten on farms, it has spread throughout the country to become the main menu in specialized restaurants - the churrascarias.

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    Yerba Mate

    by Gwynethart Written Jan 28, 2006

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    Yerba Mate, Porto Alegre, Brazil
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    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.

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    MARIO QUINTANA CULTURAL...

    by janaina Written Sep 7, 2002

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    MARIO QUINTANA CULTURAL CENTER:Mario Quintana was a very famous writer and poet from Porto Alegre.He lived all his life in a hotel called MAJESTIC.After he died,the building was restored and became the MARIO QUINTANA CULTURAL CENTER.It's a great place with nice cool performances,many from the students of the theater and art school from the university.There's a nice cofee shop in the lobby with great happyhours..

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    I don't know if it's a...

    by janaina Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    I don't know if it's a cultural tip or off the beaten path..think both..in the MARIO QUINTANA CULTURAL CENTER or in the IAB CULTURAL CENTER(INSTITUTE OF THE BRAZILIAN ARCHITETS)there are many nice and interesting expositions with some young talents from the university.I have to show you some pictures of my good friend,SUZIENE DAVID,who study arts and will be a professional photografer.She just shows,in the b&w pictures,a little of the typical faces of our people.Suziene also helped me since the begining of my studies making with me a lot of pictures of interesting houses or historical sites to use in my project..here is an atribute for her work..i had her approval for it,by the way..

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    Watching the diferent...

    by janaina Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Watching the diferent architeture of the churches in the city,every style represents a period in the city's history..this one is a gothic style,it's saint anthony's church,in a suburb of Porto Alegre.

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    This is the famous 'LACADOR'...

    by janaina Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    This is the famous 'LACADOR' statue,a symbol of south Brazil(the 'gaucho',means,the simple original men from the south,as the american cowboys...)
    The statue is located in the free way,5 minutes away from the airport..

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    Another picture of a cold...

    by janaina Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Another picture of a cold sunny day at the Guaiba river promenade.These guys are my parents,my mom is holding her CHIMARRAO,a kind of hot drink made of a native and bitter herb,and prepared in a CUIA,a kind of wood bowl.Just as a curiosity,i added a recipe in the travelogue about how to prepare a good CHIMARRAO..only 4 steps,it's easy!

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    METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL:the...

    by janaina Written Sep 7, 2002

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    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..

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  • The Mario Quintana´s culture...

    by guilhermebr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Mario Quintana´s culture house is one nice place to go with your friends, there you will find music concerts, movies exhibition and teathre plays. On the 'happy hour' after the work, you can go there with your friends and drink a very nice beer there. One tip: ask for the beer tulip.

    Another good cultural tip is the Rio Grande do Sul Art Museum, located on the 'Praça da Alfandega', on the city dowtown. There you will find a lot about the brazilian and the state art and, of course, foreign artists.

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  • The 'Anfiteatro Por do Sol' is...

    by guilhermebr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The 'Anfiteatro Por do Sol' is the place where usually you will find free music shows that happens on our city. It is not difficult to find a music show, especially with brazilian music, on saturdays or sundays. This place is located on the banks of the Guaiba river and I am sure that you will enjoy this tip !

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  • Tipping is a normal 10%...

    by apfear Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Tipping is a normal 10% usually included, if it's not it will say so on the bill. Depending on the degree of formality, when being introduced, you can greet the opposite sex (or girls can greet girls) with a light kiss on each cheek. Oh, and don't use sarcastic or dry type of British humour in jokes, it doesn't work with Brazilians and can sometimes offend.

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