One week of Samba

One of the first things that come to mind thinking of Brazil is Samba! Samba represents Brazilian culture and unites this huge country. One might think, Samba is only present on carnival, in the form of the big colorful parades. But no, it is part of everyday life. People meet for so-called “Choros” or “Chorinhos”, everybody can bring an instrument and join the circle of musicians. They play and sing while the rest is dancing or just enjoying the music. Music definitely represents a way to forget your sorrows and honor life. Choro itself does not necessarily mean that they play Samba, but in most cases, it ends up to be a “Roda de Samba”. As Samba is such an integral part of the Brazilian lifestyle, even in Florianópolis, a smaller city, you can find at least one great Samba each night of the week. Vamos! Let me guide you to one week of Samba in Floripa!

Monday

On Mondays you can find a small but atmospheric Samba, well actually more a Chorinho, in Santa Mônica. The Cervejaria Sambaqui is hidden behind the BR petrol station. Listening to the music you can enjoy tasty beers, as the brewery offers a wide range of artisanal beer. The handmade product combines quality and innovation and results in various types of beer with excellent taste.

Tuesday

Qualé Mané is a very simple traditional bar in the center of Florianópolis. The owner and compositor Neco established the Samba that takes place in Sambaqui on Sundays and coordinates the “Roda de Samba” on Tuesdays. His aim is to unite the best of Samba and various well-known “sambistas” from the area. In comparison to some other sambas, usually here is some space to dance and the atmosphere is very personal. It is really easy to chat with Neco and the other long-established regular guests. I would not describe it as a popular or trendy bar among young people, but for this very reason, it is worth to get to know this traditional samba.

Wednesday

Wednesday is Choro Xadrez day! Four guys open their private house in Rio Tavares to the public to make music. This place has so much character and an incomparable Brazilian vibe. If you imagine typical Brazil, that would be it! It absolutely could be a scene in a gringo-movie about this country. In the cozy tiny garden you can chat, have an artisanal beer or a homemade pizza, in the checkered tiled kitchen (that is where the name comes from: Xadrez means chess) the people are squeezing around the musicians.

Thursday

On Thursdays, Geosamba at the UFSC, the public University in Florianópolis, takes place. Geosamba is a revolutionary Samba founded by students of Geology and Geography. They get together on the UFSC campus and play with so much heart and joy! This “Roda de Samba” is like the soul of the University and has a unique unconventional touch. As it is not associated with a bar, everybody brings its own drinks.

Friday

In the Quincas Bar happens a Samba on Fridays. Situated in a beautiful old blue white house, the traditional bar gets crowded around the “Roda de samba”. Mostly, the “Roda” only consists of four people, but sometimes “sambistas” from other states are coming, playing and spreading joy. The bar offers draft beer and various artisanal cachaças, as well as regional snacks and stays open until late.

Saturday

On Saturdays another, way bigger Samba is happening in the Cervejaria Sambaqui in Santa Mônica. With great Samba singers, the event equals more a “bailinho” with everybody dancing. Whereas Mondays there offer a rather quiet and relaxed start in the week, Saturday is party time.

Sunday

I can not resist but I have to recommend a couple of beautiful Sambas for Sunday night:

From 19-22 h, you can enjoy Samba in the recently opened bar O Araça. On Sundays, the core of the Choro-Xadrez-Crew delights the place with their amazing Samba. The vibe of this place is special, vibrant and lively. The people dance, chat or have a look at the small art exhibitions that give the place a special cultural note. O Araça is located in a beautiful antique blue house. As the interior design is all made of wood, the place is very cosy. It offers great food and a various draft beers.

On Sundays, one of the best sambas takes place in the Rancho do Neco in Sambaqui. Actually being a fisher hut, one night per week the cottage transforms into a beautiful, astonishing samba location, with a light scent of fish in the air, which only makes it more authentic. Situated at the beach, you are looking over the sea, seeing the lights of the continent shining on the horizon. The blue wooden hut is decorated with so much love and details, fisher nets with shells are just one example. The first time I went there I thought, Wow, this is Brazil and considered it the most Brazilian place on the island. Over time I discovered more places like this, but the place still fascinates me and remains special! The night starts with a “Roda de Samba” everybody can join, later it is a band playing Samba. They installed a small kitchen counter and offer drinks and “salgados”, little snacks. The place just makes you feel at home and fills you with positive energy.

Last but not least, the De Raiz in Joaquina opens the doors for Samba on Sundays as well. A band with a wonderful singer is playing Samba music and infecting the people with the Samba spirit. On the top of the dunes, the wooden construction of the De Raiz represents a really cool location and definitely the largest I am recommending here. That means: There is a lot of space to dance! In contrast to all the other Sambas, this one only starts around 23 hours and lasts until late. The perfect place to finish off this awesome week of Samba!

Rancho do Neco

Araça – Lagoa nightlife

Last week a friend of mine opened a bar in Lagoa: O Araça! With three friends, he renovated a beautiful old, blue house and the result is just awesome. They worked a lot with wood he had brought from his family`s land in Rio and created a cozy stylish place. The wooden interior combines perfectly with the darkish red walls, walls that will be also used for exhibitions. The objective is to link art, music and social gatherings, which means that live music plays an important role as well. On Sunday, even my favorite “Roda da Samba”, o Choro Xadrez, played there. The place unites everything! 😀

Lagoa really needed a place like that. Just to get an idea of how nightlife in Lagoa works: Everything takes place on the streets, it is all outside.
There are several “food truck unions” with live music, so you grab a beer in the supermarket, well, or buy one at one of the food trucks and enjoy the night hanging around – in or in front of the food trucks, on the shore of the Lagoa…. It is always busy.

So far so good, I love the vibe and spirit of all that. But what when it get´s colder, if it rains or if you just want to go to a nice bar and sit down? The Araças represents exactly this place that was missing. Of course, it also has a nice little garden, but apart from that, it offers shelter without lacking the Lagoa spirit. Check it out!!

Adventurous Rio

After more than 2 years, I finally was in Rio de Janeiro again! I was visiting a friend of mine, who moved from Floripa to Rio almost one year ago. On Instagram, I could follow all the crazy adventures he was having. And by crazy I mean crazy! He is a base jumper, jumping from the tops of favelas, buildings, but mostly rocks. The Pedra da Gávea is one of his favorite spots and I was longing to get to know the place myself. It is an 843 m high rock/mountain in the forest of Tijuca in Rio and the hike to get to the top is quite challenging. You have to climb a 30 m high rock face and I really had to overcome my fear. We did it without a rope and phew, I was so relieved when I had made it. In spite of all the effort, I really enjoyed the hike and the view from the top – incredible. Last time, I was on the Dois Irmãos and I was astonished by the view. But this was even more impressive. The location of Rio is so beautiful, Cristo Redentor spreading his arms over the city, the Lagoa, the little hills everywhere, the Sugarloaf… I was extremely happy to get to know the place where my friend always jumps from. The place, I had already seen in so many videos. And now I was finally there, having a scenic, delicious “brunch” with the things we brought.

Because it was too windy that day, my friend walked down Gávea with me, his first descent :D. I was glad he came with me because even though we took another route, we had to overcome a rock face and alone I would not have been able to get down there. Moreover, he showed me various secret spots (from where he jumps, of course) on the way! What an awesome day!

His other passion is climbing, and of course, I did not want to miss out on that. He took me to the Morro da Urca and the Sugarloaf, where we climbed some rocks. I do not know, where it comes from, but out of a sudden, I am suffering from fear of heights. In the end, he was as proud as I was that I did it. Next time, I want to climb all the way up to the top of the Sugarloaf! Rio, I am coming back!

Check out my friends Insta #kombi.dubem. He is supporting great social projects in Brasil!

Homage to the SESCs

SESCs are one of the best inventions in the world! The „Serviço Social do Comécio“ (SESC) is an initiative of a merger of social service, trading investors and tourism with the aim to provide access to culture to everyone. For instance in São Paulo, every neighborhood has its own SESC. They organize events, talks, discussions, concerts, and activities in the fields of education, culture, health and a lot more, offer free classes of yoga and other sports, childcare, and assistance. All for free! Every time, I am in São Paulo, I am impressed again by the wide range and quantity of offers. Not to forget about the food. The Brazilian metropolis turned into an expensive city, not so the SESC. The cafeteria offers amazing food: One meal oft he day for 9 Reais, amazing ice cream, snacks and those deserts….yummy! I have to go there every day to try all of them- there is only one word for it: delicious!

The one I use to frequent is the SESC Paulista. This one has another benefit: On the top, there is a terrace which turned into a famous outlook. The view of the city, the Paulista is great and furthermore, it`s a nice place to get some sun in this city full of skyscrapers and shady streets. Just yesterday, I saw an awesome sunset there!

Thanks for existing, SESCs!

Samba

Last night, I fell in love with Brazil again. It happens a lot, I have to admit. These moments of pure love for this country. I went to “Choro Xadrez” in Rio Tavares. Four guys open their house once a week for the public to make music, Samba! Everybody can bring an instrument and join them! They are spreading so much joy, the vibe is amazing! A friend of mine said: This could be a scene of a “gringo”-movie about Brazil. Yes, so true, THAT is Brazil! If you had an image of Brazil in mind, that would be it! I really didn´t want to go home, I just didn`t want that night to end! Can´t wait to go there again!

I will write more about the different places itself, but here a short list with my favorite Samba places:

  • Choro Xadrezm #choroxadrez
  • Rancho do Neco in Sambaqui
  • Geosamba at the UFSC

Nature and Hikes

I love to be close to nature. For a long time, I considered myself a city person. And yes, a part of me still is and I need “culture”, museums, art, and all that stuff. But I can feel how it benefits my body and soul to be connected to nature, I feel inner peace and more connected with myself, actually.

Apart from beaches and dunes, Floripa has a lot of hills – I like to call them small mountains – and hikes to offer. An article about my 5 top hikes you can find here:
https://travelista.club/guides/dive-into-nature-best-hikes-in-florianopolis/

Hello world!

For two years now, I´ve been living in Floripa and I can`t wait to show you this magic place!

Let me just share this moment with you to connect with the vibe: I am sitting in the Baruc Natural, sort of a Café on the beach. In front of me the turquoise ocean, surfers catching one wave after another, on the horizon a small island, on the table next to me a coconut… Every single day I am grateful to be able to live at a place like this! What a privilege is that!

But back to the beginning: Floripa? Where`s that? Floripa is just the nickname for this island in the south of Brasil. There`s a bridge to the continent, so people also call it a peninsula. But the spirit is the spirit of an island. Of the “Ilha da Magia” – Magic Island. And it`s true, Floripa is magic. I am not the only one who came here, fell in love with the place and never left.

I came here during the last year of university to do an internship in a hospital. I didn’t know anything about Floripa before. A fellow student gave me the contact and said: It`s an island with 42 beaches, safe and it`s great to surf there. And I said: Sounds good, I go!

When I arrived, I was blown away by the beauty of nature! I do still have these moments, and they are not rare: I go around the next corner and I am completely impressed that the island still astonishes me. My way home represents one of these moments. I am living in Lagoa. To get there I have to get over a hill and WOW, the view from up there is amazing. Every time I cross the top, I see the wonderful Lagoa spreading out down there, I see the ocean and I leave all the stress behind!

The idea of this blog is to talk about my favorite places and share my experiences with you!

Beijos