the eating goes on for hours, the French would love it......standing up, moving around helps make room for an other serving and there was always someone putting the kettle on for a mate........chimarao is very good for digesting nearly forgotten to tell....we had a big garden, raising our own veggies. we looked after an Avocadotree and three big...more
weekends, when all went well, we prepared the fire pitt for churrasco. most neighbours joined in, easy way to get the troops fed....music was played, beer on the table. there was nothing else better to do anyway. those days, I like the chicken churraso best, noodle & rice salades and of course a well marinated Potatoe salad ( german style ), cakes...more
we did not have much nite life when we didn't have a good idea. we mostly had a couple of cold ones, or a caipirinha.....more often then not we sat in the kitchen, playeing canaster and drank chimarao.
TV was still in its infancies, Tele Novellas (Soap stuff) wheren't my cup of tea anway.
every 3rd weekend or so, I showed an old movie in the community hall, Buster Keaton, Stan and Laurel, that sort of thing....people loved it....sometimes my old projecter broke down and then that was that...till it was fixed, no movies, and sometimes we had no electricity at all, black outs ...daily routine, out came the old Kerosene Lamp ^..^
Dress Code: what dresscode??
clay roads, slippery customer in the rainy season, or just on a rainy day. even the Horses had to be carefull. so should you, when not used to unsealed roads. still, when you come to Canela, it was all worth it. lovely little Town, great National Park, lots to do, many outdoor activities, horseriding, paragliding etc.have a look and also visit...more
own transport is a good idea, though Public Bus is available from Porto Alegre, changing Bus in Novo Hamburgo, to Morro Reuter and on to Santa Maria do Herval.but to expirience the region, own transport gives that opportunity.. I drove a Jeep Willis'70, loved it!but when I rambled into a slip one day and just managed to held on to the door, I...more
power black outs are quite a bit on the card in rural areas. torch comes handy, radios running on battery and we had kerosene lamps. actually quite romantic stuff, sure we had to be a bit carefull. I remember one nite, walking home from the neigbours house, my kerosene lamp in the hand....yes I had forgotten my torch, so I had to take the neigbours...more
can get nippy I said, actually in the month of July till end of August is gets realy cold, snow is no rarity. warm clothing, good footwear and you should be fine.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: bring what you need, but these days there is a well stocked supermarket
Photo Equipment: lots of filmrolls, from here you have access to Gramado and Canela and the whole Serra Geral
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: yes is poss....campground by the Caracol...bring your gear. great swimming holes there too
farming is quite back breaking. Santa Maria do Herval, VT spelt it 'wrong'...is known for the best Potato, Batata, Kartoffel crob in the Region....very tasty indeed the People, as always.....hart working but knowing how to throw a party.best Churrasco I ever had, while I still used to eat meat.they drink Polar Beer here from Porto Alegre or Brahma...more