Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Haggis

While I was a student in England there was this weekend school trip to Scotland, which is an absolutely fantastic place!!! However…

Our guide kept talking about the famous Scottish dish called ‘HAGGIS’. We (students) had no idea what it was made of, but from his excitement, it sounded exquisite.

There was this event at a club and we were taken as tourists. The Scots were trying to impress showing off their kilts and pipes. We were all dancing and having loads of fun when the music stopped and the chef brought the Haggis followed by the sound of the pipe.
After what looked like a huge ceremony the starter was served. We were finally going to taste the famous Scottish dish.

How can I put it into words? For me it tasted absolutely disgusting! I was extremely ashamed of myself, but I just couldn’t eat it. Then I whispered to my friend ‘I can’t eat it!’. Our hosts were so proud of their national food and eager to know how much we had enjoyed it. It was quite embarrassing! My friend, bless her, was even more ashamed and asked me to pass her the plate. After scolding me, she ate hers and mine, then passed me back the empty plate.

When we got back to our school I wanted to know what the haggis was made of…and when I tried to tell my friend what she had eaten (twice), she said she would never talk to me again if I told her.

Some say that some things are better untold, or unknown. I am just glad I didn’t have to eat it.

HAGGIS: a traditionally Scottish dish that consists of the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep or calf minced with spices and seasoning and boiled in the stomach of the animal.

Ana Gabriela Figueiredo - Freguesia - RJ.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Valentine's Day's just around the corner

Hi folks!

Here we are again, sharing the days of our lives with you all! This time, to remind you that Valentine's Day's just around the corner!!! Maybe you were not aware of that, so here we are to give you a hand!

First of all, we need to make it clear that what we call Dia dos Namorados isn't exactly what the Americans and the British refer to as Valentine's Day. Our Valentine's Day is celebrated on June 12th, which isn't the same day British and Amercians celebraste theirs. Why? This is what we selected for you in this post.

The video below briefly explains the origns of Valentine's Day. Check it out and find out why people exchange gifts such as roses and chocolate on February 14th (in USA and UK) and get yourself a nice idea for a present on June 12th as well!

Giselle Fleury, teacher at Barra 1

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Moms never die

I always remember my mom over her sewing machine working and singing. This image has always been with me and has always taught me a lot about my mom and life in general. She left us when I was only 22. However, I consider myself the luckiest person. I have a sister who is 15 years older than I and for this reason like a mom to me. I have learned a lot from her, too. I´m a mom myself and I try really hard to be if not the same but a little like them hoping my son will one day have a nice image of me as I do of my mom.
Happy mother´s day!
Beth (Cultura Recreio)

Well as a mom and no different from all the others, here and everywhere, I'd like you to check out this video...

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

A mother’s love is instinctual, unconditional and forever.

Hi everyone! It is officially time for us, Recreio teachers, to share some of our memorable moments with you. What can be more memorable than our mothers? As Mothers' Day is coming, we would like you all to celebrate this date with us!

'When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.' Sophia Loren

A memorable moment I had with Mom was many, many years ago. I was 6 years old and I was in my swimming lesson. I had to cross a deep 25 mts pool, swimming without a buoy. This was a challenge for me! Never had I crossed a pool before…I was terrified!
My swimming coach was angry because he was expecting me to do it. I felt hopeless.
I looked at my mom and she gave me a smile and said with a sweet voice 'My little child, I'll buy you a doll after you cross the pool'…I don’t remember if she bought the doll that day, nor can I remember whether I crossed the pool or not.But what I can clearly remember is my mom's sweetest tone of voice calming me down and comforting me. I knew she was there for me , that she cared and that she loved me . I never became a great swimmer….But my mom sweetest voice is still present everyday and I feel privileged to have her as my mom…
Mothers are the sweetest gift from Gods to us. There is no way we can ever really thank our mother for all she does for us. However, we must make it a habit to keep reminding ourselves of the various sacrifices she made while raising us. Mothers' Day is the best time to say in words how much you love and care for your mum. Make your Mother's Day bright by posting a memorable moment of your life you had with your Mom!

Teachers Cláudia and Marcela

Recreio Branch

Saturday, 2 May 2009

The Big Day of our Life (the biggest so far...)

As the newlyweds here, we couldn’t miss the opportunity of sharing our biggest Day with you, guys.
Think about spending at least 7 months planning one single day that is going to change your whole life and that has got to be absolutely PERFECT. You got it! Nightmare right?
Wrong, the planning was just as part of the wedding as the event itself. Choosing every single detail, colour, catering, flowers, guests, venue, invitation... it was just so good! As long as we have chosen the right groom, we guess, the odds are that nothing could ever go wrong.
As the easiest crying people we know, wehave to say that we allowed ourselves to cry, laugh and most of all live every second of that day as if it would never end.
We have a short video to share with you and hope you can tell us a bit about ‘the biggest day’ of your far. It does not matter if you are not married, if it is YOUR biggest day, we want to know.


Teachers Chris and Gabi

Freguesia Branch - Rio de Janeiro