If you are truly a soccer fan, you know Maracana!! Maracana is the world’s biggest football stadium of its glory days, with an official world-record attendance of 199,854 for the 1950 World Cup Final against Uruguay.
One of the things I knew about Brazil was there passion for soccer and I wanted to witness and live first hand the emotions in Brazilian soccer. The timing was bad told by everyone, the last match was played in early Dec. Luckily there was a charity (friendly) match organized by Zico, who was a myth for Flamengo, with many important Brazilian players, like Adriano who sends the fans roaring when there name was mentioned.
Brazil is the only country to win the World Cup championship 5 times. They do live and breaths soccer. Never seen emotions go up and down in a much synchronized way. If there is one place I want to watch world cup, it is for sure Brazil!!
Every year roughly around two million people, most dressed in white, head to the beach to see dramatic fireworks display, dance to live music, eat, drink and celebrate. The atmosphere is ecstatic and the partying goes on well into the night.
The traditional white is worn in honor of Yemanja, the Candomble goddess of the sea. Most of us stayed to witness stunning sunrise in the morning, it’s one of those things it can be experience and felt not be told.
Sao Paulo - Some people might disagree with me saying Sao Paulo is just another big city. With over 10 million inhabitants, it is the world’s third largest city but not just another big city! Flying in is one of the most exciting experiences, from the air it looks more like Mexico City, with buildings as far as the eye can sees.
Sao Paulo incredible buzz lies in its people and its vibrant cultures. It possesses significant ethnic communities, its home to the largest Japanese community living out side Japan, big Korean, Chinese, Italian and Arab communities and neighborhoods.