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Maceio, Carnival 2012


Our final stop of Brazil has been the most amazing, but tranquil of the places we have visited. Maceio is a smaller town on the coast, which is home to the most beautiful beaches, people and sights of all of Brazil. It is a significant change from the futuristic city sights of Brasilia, which presented a much different picture of the country.

While in Maceio, we have experienced soccer stadiums, local farms and not to mention natural pools miles from the beach. I never thought life could get as good as this. There is so much history that comes along with the city including the sail boats without motors that travel throughout the  and the local fishing markets. The city was based upon the sugar export of the area and it is seen throughout the entire downtown. The street lining city hall includes various churches and official buildings,  but most importantly old warehouses of the past sugar enterprise.

The most interesting sight for myself would of have to of been Quilombo de Palmares. An old slave escape, the city is a re-creation of the site in which slaves would runaway too after escaping their plantations. Being a history major and learning of the site multiple times, I was so intrigued by all the history that surrounded the area. Not only was there influence from the candomble (A mixture of African religions), but also capoeira, a past fighting art of the afro Brazilians.

Carnival has been a one of the most exciting weeks of my life. Whether it was swimming in the ocean in the middle of the night or dancing with a samba school in the parade. It was an experience I will never forget.

I am already missing this beautiful place.

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