From Berimbau to Bollywood: Travels Through Houston

It’s easy to get “stuck” on campus sometimes, especially with the stresses of work, classes, extracurriculars, and social activities. But sometimes, it’s great to get out and explore. So, together with a few close friends, we took a spontaneous trip “around the world” right within our college town.

First, we hopped over to the Annual Houston Brazilian Festival. Once we got there, amazing food, activities, and dancing awaited us.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably have caught on to the fact that I love food. I think food is one of the best ways to learn about different cultures, and this day was no exception. We tried a meat dish as well as some desserts (Kaio you’ll have to help me with the names!)

I also got a chance to try playing one of Brazil’s original musical instruments, the berimbau. I wasn’t very good at it, but it was fun trying it out!

Right before we left the festival, we got to see a children’s capoeira demonstration. Capoeira is a Brazilian traditional martial art as well as a dance. The festivities were paired with awesome, rhythmic percussion music. It was a real treat!

To top off our multicultural day, we spent the evening at a Bollywood show. It was at Miller Outdoor Theater, and the best part is that the show was FREE! There are all kinds of cool, free events around every city. Make sure you keep an eye out for them!

(Sorry for the horrible resolution — I took this on my phone!)

Anyway, this was a really great way to get off campus and satisfy my craving for travel and learning about other cultures, and it was great to spend the day with good friends and cultural activities. Tchau until next time!

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