All you can eat

June 1, 2008

Before signing up to GSE programme few members of the team had much of an idea of what to expect from Brazilian food.

Since their arrival in Rio they have tasted many types of food.  Lots of different cuts of meat, lots of amazonian fruits/juices that are only available in Brazil, and a wide variety of deserts. 

The team thought you might be interested in finding out a bit about the food and have therefore compiled a page about food which will be added to as their time in Brazil passes.

Information about Brazilian food


Yacht club feijoada

May 31, 2008

On Saturday the team were invited by Antonio to lunch at the Rio de Janeiro naval club.  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t conducive to a trip in his boat but the feijoada at the club and the company were certainly worth the visit.

Antonio is a doctor working with Cancer patients.  He has worked in London at the Royal Marsden Hospital and also paid tribute to the work being done at Christies Hospital in Manchester. 

Coffee and biscuits with the military police

May 30, 2008

In the morning the whole team went to meet a representative of the military police at their headquarters in Copacabana.  Here they had a very interesting discussion about the problems associated with drug trafficking in the city’s slums and also the problems they encounter in the tourist areas of Rio.

After the discussion they saw the team responsible for monitoring CCTV cameras at work and were then treated by the captain to coffee, biscuits and croissants.

After this meeting the team took the metro across town to the Rio chamber of commerce where they presented to Gloria Rotary Club on the 15th floor.  Chris and Georg’ hosts Milton and Lia were present along with their nephew Tiago. Milton is the club president.

After the presentation Chris, Georg and Katie walked around the city centre with Tiago and Ana.  The fantastic weather broke briefly with a torrential downpour.  The team sheltered in a colourful local market.

To round off the day the team, with Ana and Paolo met up in Bar Luiz for a few Chopps ( a local draught beer).  Bar Luiz is a German bar that, before the second world war, was called Adolf’s!  After some protests at the time the name was changed.

Don Juan and the Japanese

May 30, 2008

After the school visit in the morning Chris and Katie were shown round some of the museums situated in downtown Rio by Ana who works at a language school that she runs with her husband Paolo.  Their daughter Sofia arranged tours of the museums and also came along.

The first museum exhibited clothes from the time Don Juan spent in Brazil.  It used these clothes to give an insight into life in Brazil at that time.

Brazil has the biggest Japanese population outside Japan and so the second museum visited showed various aspects of Japanese culture.  These included kite making, military history, origami, art and animated films.

George and Paolo joined the others late in the afternoon for a visit to Confeiteria Colombo – a magnificent cafe lined with huge mirrors that has remained largely unchanged since the 1800s.


Visit to Petrobras

May 29, 2008

In the afternoon Georg visited Petrobras, one of the of the biggest Brasilian companies and Brazil’s main oil company.  Georg had some interesting talks with Rogério Abdalad, who works as an environmental Engineer. Rogério talked about the different Business areas of Petrobras, some of their environmental projects and, after making a short presentation, Georg had an interesting conversation with Rogério about hazardous waste management in Brazil.

Visit to Padre Francisco Da Motta School

May 29, 2008

Today the whole team went to vist Padre Francisco Da Mott, a school funded partially by Rotary International in a poor area of Rio.

There they were shown round the classrooms and treated to musical performances of Mozart and Samba. Some of the children were learning English and German.

The school caters for the poorest children in the area and tries to give them a sense of family life that they would otherwise miss out on. It also tries to involve their parents as much as possible and provides facilities for the whole community including the library which is open to all. For some children the meal they are given at the school is the only meal they have each day.

After a tour of the school the team made a presentation to Saude Rotary Club. A group of children from the school also attended the presentation. They were inquisitive, friendly and behaved impeccably.

In an emotional speech the principal of the school thanked the team for coming and said that she hoped such visits would inspire the pupils at the school.

Towards the end of the meeting it was suggested that it would be great if a suitable project could be found for the UK and Brazilian Rotary districts to work on together.

Home working and red bananas

May 28, 2008

Chris made a vocational visit to the home of Felipe on Wednesday.  Felipe explained his vision of the role of small companies acting as middle-men providing a variety of  IT services to end users.

Whilst there, Felipe’s dad showed off his prized bunch of red bananas.  According to Lea, who is hosting Georg and Chris this week with her husband Miltom, regular intake of bananas is one of the keys to happiness. 

Later in the day Chris and Felipe visited Winco, a software development company.