Sunday in Brasilia. We got up and the guys had laid out a yummy breakfast and we ate together before going to the best part if Brasilia. Parque De Cidade. This park is actually the largest urban park in the world with 4.2 million m2 and was buzzing on this Sunday morning with so many people being active. We power walked and at times stopped and kicked the ball around. Awh I've missed having someone eager for football around. That was Carlos. Not Zusanna as she waited patiently for us to run out of tricks and moves haha.
We watched Capoeria and I was so impressed. The way they move so quick, their agility, their strength to hold them self up, their ability to be creative in their movement, their intuition and also the sense of community. One person could be fighting/dancing in one instance and then in the next, playing an instrument and singing. Capaoeria was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. The word capoeira probably comes from the Tupi language, referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where the game was played. It was invented by slaves and disguised as a dance in order to prevent its capoeiristas from punishment or execution for learning how to fight and defend themselves, which was forbidden to those who were legally defined as property
Please take a look at the video to see how amazing it really is. They make it look so easy and I bet it's super hard. My next step will to be to try it.
We then went to listen to a samba group playing and they were also great. The group was very diverse and created such intense but cheerful music. Samba is the Brazilian dance and musical genre originating in Bahia, Brazil, with its roots in Rio de Janeiro and Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival.
It was then home time for shower and lunch. My lovely hosts made meat, beans, rice and what looked like kale and it was so yummy. I had some nandos sauce with it. Yum.
Goiabada is a popular dessert throughout the Portuguese-speaking countries of the world, dating back to the colonial days in Brazil, where guavas were used as a substitute for the quinces used to make marmelada . An abundance of sugar and slave labour were crucial for its confection, in large cauldrons cooking over a slow fire. It is a conserve made of guava and sugar. It is still commonly made at home for family use or by home industry outlets (traditional recipes) or as processed food.
It is known as guava paste or guava cheese throughout the English-speaking Americas, especially the Caribbean and pasta de guayaba or guayabate in Spanish-speaking Americas. It is commercially available, most often packaged in flat, metal cans.
The Scotland v Brazil game was next on our itinerary for the day. We headed off to the World Cup Stadium 2014. It was quite a mission to get into the stadium and we laughed saying that there will be people from certain counties who just won't walk to go all the way around the stadium and that hopefully they make each part more accessible.
Thanks to Kate Cooper, we had our own VIP area box :)! What a view and I think the guys were very chuffed. At half time, on our little walk to soak in the atmosphere, I saw two white tshirt and I was sure they were Scottish. I basically chased them around the stadium before I got them the 'big box'.
This was Dick and Derek, security and delegations at SFA. So we stayed in the same box as them after I got my dose of being able to speak English at a normal pace.
It was better being there apart from the boys behind who were practising their English saying the same thing repeatedly "scotland is bad". I snarled at them quite a few times whilst saying that Scotland were the best and were going to come back and win. They didn't but it was 3-1 and Hayley Lauders was the best goal of the game. She cut inside and boom - top corner!! Gooooaaaaaaalllllaaaaa! My friends seemed to be happy to be there and were excited for the event. We went down to the front at the end and had a wave to players and then back up to the box to catch up with Anna Signuel and the rest of the staff.
After this, we walked to a jazz festival near all of the tourist attractions. Nevertheless due to technical trouble, it hadn't started so we had tapioca instead. Tapioca is like a crispier crepe and you can use many fillings. I got banana, condensed milk and cinema and it was yummy. Carlos and Zusanna got savoury ones which was also very mummy. Knowing how long it takes to get things started in Brazil,we decided to go home instead of waiting in hope.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.