Brazil Part 1: Garibaldi and Porto Alegre


Today I’m going to write about Papai’s country, Brazil. He’s from Rio Grande do Sul, a state in the South of Brazil, close to Argentina and Uruguay. People from Rio Grande do Sul are called Gauchos. They are usually very proud of their land and culture, and are even said to be prouder being Gauchos than being Brazilians. Most of them are descendants of European immigrants from Italy, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

Carla has been to Brazil twice, while Renan has only been there once. They both really enjoyed Brazil. We have been to a few places in the South of Brazil. For my first post about Brazil, I’m going to write about Garibaldi and Porto Alegre.


Garibaldi is a small town where Nonna and Nonno live. In Garibaldi, almost everyone is a descendant of Italian immigrants who came to Brazil in the late 19th century. You can feel the Italian heritage everywhere. For example, a lot of people still converse in Italian and home food is always Italian food.

Nonna and Nonno live in a small farm. They have cows, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats… So off course Carla and Renan loved it there! They also have a vineyard, and they have all kinds of plants and trees in the garden. The kids were thrilled when Papai took them to pick oranges and pomegranates straight from the trees. No need to go to the supermarket!

You can see an orange tree close to the house.

brazil47  This is the vineyard.


The chickens are free to roam around the farm…. brazil46

… and so are the cows. They spend the day grazing on the pasture and would come back to the barn by themselves when it starts to get dark.

brazil48 There is even a river and a lake in the farm. We went a few times to have a picnic close to the river. Next time we should try fishing at the lake too.


Here is Carla with Papai’s sister, Tia Denise. Look at the blue sky, and if you look closely at the photo on the left, you can see the moon too! What a beautiful place!


Nonna makes everything by herself… She can make all kinds of pasta, cakes, bread, cheese and even soaps. She has a huge fire oven to bake bread. Carla made her own tiny bread the last time we went there. Look at the bread… so cute… (and yummy, Carla said).


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGaribaldi is famous in Brazil for its wines. There are a lot of wineries there. We visited Cooperativa Vinicola Garibaldi, a winery managed by a grape producers cooperative, for a wine tasting tour. The winery  produces white, red and sparkling wines. Okay, by now you should know that I’m definitely not a wine expert! 😛


Even kids drink wine there! Haha, just joking…. Carla was drinking grape juice.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There is a tourist route called Caminhos das Pedras, where you can visit museums, farms, and historical buildings. We wanted to do Caminhos das Pedras tour, but didn’t have enough time, so we only had a quick stop at one of the stone houses built by the early Italian immigrants.


There are still many things to do and places to visit around Garibaldi. We definitely have to explore Caminho das Pedras again, and go on a Maria Fumaça train trip.

This is Maria Fumaça.

Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre is the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. It’s a big, busy city.

You can see Porto Alegre from here….

Panoramic view of Porto Alegre There is a nice park right in the middle of the city. It is called Parque Farroupilha. In the afternoon, there are usually a lot of people there, playing with their kids, jogging, doing exercises, or just relaxing with a book and chimarrão, a traditional drink prepared from mate leaves and drunk from a cuia, a special cup made of dried gourd.

Parque Farroupilha

This is chimarrão. Gauchos love this stuff and would drink it many times a day, everyday.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Anyway… we would always go to Parque Farroupilha when we were in Porto Alegre. We especially enjoyed walking around the beautiful lake. You can explore the lake on a swan boat. We tried a swan boat once, and it was great fun!

brazil45 Can you see the swan boats on the lake behind Carla?


We also went to a nice museum the last time we were in Porto Alegre. It’s called Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia or museum of science and technology. It’s similar to Science Centre Singapore and MOSI in Manchester UK, full of interesting and interactive exhibits. Carla and Renan had a blast there!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There are also still a lot of things to do in Porto Alegre… We are looking forward to going back there for a holiday.

Hope you enjoyed my post!

Next: Brazil Part 2: Gramado and Canela.


24 thoughts on “Brazil Part 1: Garibaldi and Porto Alegre

  1. pemandangan di sekitaran rumahnya nonna and nonno bagus banget. anak2 pasti betah ya tinggal disana.
    foto2 nya bagus mbak,banyak orang italia mbak di Garibaldi?bahasanya tetap pake bhasa italia atau portugis?atau dicampur2 kan bahasanya mirip2 ya,hehe

    • Iya, anak2 betah banget 🙂 Di Garibaldi hampir semua orang keturunan Italia. Biasanya di luar rumah pake bahasa Portugis, di rumah pake bahasa Italia. Kayak di Indonesia yang ada bahasa nasional dan bahasa daerah gitu deh. Kebanyakan orang juga masih punya ikatan kuat dengan Italia. Keluarga suamiku aja semuanya pegang paspor Italia.

  2. Foto-fotonya memanjakan mata Citra. Senang lihatnya. Damai gitu ya berasanya, dan takjub semua handmade, fresh banget rasanya. Thanks sudah berbagi cerita 😊 berharap suatu saat bisa nyasar kesana 😍

    • Thanks udah mampir, Deny. Iya, liat foto2nya bikin damai dan seger. Aku juga takjub banget rasanya, bayangin aja pagi2 sarapan roti fresh from the oven, pake grape jam bikinan sendiri, bikin omelette telurnya tinggal ngambil di kandang ayam, minum susu hasil perahan sendiri, makan buah hasil petikan sendiri, abis itu mandi pake sabun homemade dan handmade juga… Keren abis! 😛 Kapan2 deh main ke Brazil….

    • Di Brazil Selatan ada 4 musim. Musim panas bisa panas banget sampe 35 derajat Celcius. Musim dinginnya cukup ringan, jarang sampe minus, dan hanya setiap beberapa tahun sekali aja ada salju.

  3. I have a few good friends from Brazil but I’ve never heard much of the southern paeys. Interesting!

    Out of curiosity: which languages d you use at home? Sounds like your children have a rich cultural heritage!

    • We use English… I actually regret that we didn’t start to use the “one parent one language” approach when Carla was born…. At the moment we are trying to get them to know Portuguese and Indonesian, but it’s a bit difficult. They only want to use English. They are happy to sing some Brazilian and Indonesian songs, though…

      • I think with our kids that even if they learn to understand a language its better than nothing. Then they can easily improve their language skill later if they want/need it!

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