According to CNN, there are no introverts in Brazil. “It’s a vivacious culture that can bring you out of your shell, help you unwind and have the best time of your life,” reads an article about visiting Brazil, which also highlights our country’s loud conversations, blaring car horns and “sound trucks blasting advertisements through the neighborhood from 16 speakers.”
A second group of Amazonian Indians who have never before had contact with the outside world have emerged near the border with Brazil and Peru, heightening fears that the uncontacted tribes are being forced from their land and threatened with extinction.
Guatavita is a small green lake set in a crater in the hills north of Bogotá. The fact you need to climb up to this very circular body of water is somewhat strange: it doesn’t seem quite natural, and no one really knows how it was formed. A meteorite, maybe? A sink-hole, possibly? More surprising, is that this chilly pond only 300 metres wide spawned the legend of El Dorado, a myth so potent that for four centuries it drove gold-crazed explorers in to every corner of the continent (and many to early graves) and passed into the English language as the lost city of fabled wealth.
The history of the beautiful game in Latin America can be quite ugly:
ethnic divisions within countries and bitter rivalries between them played out on the pitch. Political turmoil came to be reflected in the game; violence was common. But football also imbued the region with a sense of pride and self-belief. The success of Latin America’s players stands in contrast to the failures of its political leaders. Their fluid style of play is known round the world, giving the region a positive identity.
World Cup Displays a Region’s Old Passions and Its New Wealth