20 fun facts about Brazil. #5 is the weirdest
You may have heard a lot about Brazil and its Carnival, samba and (bad) football. But little did you know about some other curious aspects of this continent-like tropical land:
- Many Brazilians do not know “how to samba”
I don’t know anyone who can dance samba properly like Carnival dancers. On the other hand, we might try our chances at dancing “sertanejo” — something similar to country music that you dance in pairs.
2. Brazil has year-round summer temperatures in most regions
The largest part of the country is between the tropics, which means we have high temperatures and a lot of humidity. 30C during winter is OK in some areas.
3. Surprisingly, there are some places in the south where it might even snow
Although it doesn’t happen so often, the Brazilian mountain ranges in Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul do see some snow every year. Northerners head south to enjoy the cold temperatures during the winter holidays, while southerners escape to the warm weather at the beaches in the northeast.
4. In Brazil, taking 2 or 3 showers everyday is totally normal
We do enjoy taking more than one shower a day, specially if it’s summertime. We also tend to be a bit obsessive about hygiene.
5. Brazilians do not flush toilet paper down the toilet
Yes. I know. Weird af. Instead, we have a bin for those nasty little pieces of paper. Apparently, it has something to do with our plumbing system.
6. Some Brazilian men wear shorts to the beach, not trunks
But this may vary from region to region in the country.
7. There are more than 15 different accents in Brazil
In such a large country, you expect accents to change from region to region. In my homestate, Paraná, I can identify at least 4 different accents. You might have heard the carioca accent (from Rio) and the paulista accent (from São Paulo) which are always on TV.
8. We are one of the few countries in Latin America that don’t speak Spanish
While most of our neighbouring countries were colonized by the Spanish, Brazil was colonized by Portugal, so here we speak Brazilian Portuguese. The similarities between Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese can be compared to British English and American English. Portuguese is so awesome that we have the cutest exclusive word: saudade.
9. You are not expected to tip in Brazilian restaurants
If you’re travelling on a budget, you can count on those savings. Some restaurants may charge a service fee, though.
10. Not all Brazilians are crazy about football
Here people take interest in other sports too, like volleyball, handball, basketball and martial arts. It is also true that there has been a decrease in the popularity of football in Brazil after the “7x1” World Cup match against Germany.
11. Brazilians are very creative and can make jokes about anything
Our meme game is strong! If the world was a classroom, we would definitely be the naughtiest kids at the back of the class.
12. A lot of people in Brazil grew up watching american movies and sitcoms
We all love the Fresh Prince of Bel Air ❤
13. Brazilians, in general, take their appearance very seriously
You will never see a gym or a hair salon going out of business here. Most people like to invest time and effort into looking good and being in shape. However, that does not mean everyone is a supermodel, we just like to take care of our bodies and be healthy.
14. If you come to Brazil, people will do their best to help you
Although we might not always speak anything other than Portuguese.
15. Brazil has many different types of landscapes that will warm your traveler heart
From the Amazon rainforest in the North, to paradisiacal beaches on the coast and magnificent mountains in the South.
16. Brazilian pizzas are an “upgraded” version of classic pizzas
They can have any kind of toppings. Even sweet ones.
17. Eating as much as you want can be cheap and tasty in Brazil
There are many options of all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants where you pay a fixed price for your meal. They can be as cheap as R$18/person.
18. We take barbecuing very seriously
Forget everything you know about it. Trying Brazilian barbecue will redefine your idea of best meal ever.
19. We drink less caipirinha than you think we do
In fact, we drink a lot more beer than caipirinha. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love it too!
20. When we meet someone for the first time we give 2 or 3 kisses on the cheek
And when we meet friends we give them a hug. When we leave, we sometimes say “let’s do something sometime soon” — but never really schedule anything.
Please note that this is based on my personal experience. Brazil is a huge country and there are many other different realities to be considered. What you know and what I know about Brazil is not everything there is.