Map Mishaps in the World of Brazilian Textbooks

If anyone was listening to NPR this morning, they heard Steve Inskeep remark, “It is famously said that most people do not know their geography.” In this case, “most people” was a reference to Brazil’s Ministry of Education. In a new geography textbook just released to 6th grade students, a map featuring South America contained more than a few blunders: Paraguay was switched with Uruguay   … Continue reading Map Mishaps in the World of Brazilian Textbooks

A Mardi Gras Photo Retrospective

All around the world this week, people celebrated the final days before Lent, a 40-day fast that is typically associated with Catholicism. National Geographic News featured these photos on their website today and I would like to share them with all of you. Compare these photos with the ones featured on the guest blog about Mardi Gras celebrations here in the United States. Enjoy!

090224-01-mardi-gras_big.jpgFebruary 23, 2009–Above, a dancer fearlessly performs atop an intimidating float during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday. 
–Photograph by Natacha Pisarenko/AP

090224-02-mardi-gras_big.jpgFebruary 22, 2009–Clouds of fire emanate from the mouth of a performer in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Sunday.

The city’s version of Carnival was declared a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2003, which means the international organization urges protection of the event as a cultural treasure.

–Photograph by Fernando Vergara/AP

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Curitiba, Brazil: A leader in sustainable development

Subscribe to this blog’s feed Image courtesy of I’ve never been to Brazil, but when I picture it in my mind, I envision it a little bit like New Orleans: a melting pot of European, African, and indigenous traditions together in a stew of culture as rich and spicy as a steaming bowl of Jambalaya. And just as the music and color of Mardi … Continue reading Curitiba, Brazil: A leader in sustainable development