Over the next few months we will bring you a new article series called Travel Tuesdays where we bring the rest of the world a little closer using our free Global Road Warrior database. Global Road Warrior has country profiles of over 170 countries that include travel, business, culture, and language facts, plus some fun things like recipes. Any time you’re curious, you can find Global Road Warrior on our Online Research page or you can use the link in this article. GRW

The first country we will highlight is Brazil. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Rio this year in August. If you wanted to travel, there is still time. As any intrepid traveler knows, though, being prepared will help your experience be the best possible.

Some Brazil fun facts:

  • Portuguese is the official language. It has distinct differences from the Portuguese spoken in Portugal and Africa. Language learners take note: We have free online courses for Brazilian Portuguese from both Mango Languages and Pronunciator.
  • At one time the Portuguese royal court lived in Brazil instead of Portugal.
  • Electrical voltage is both 110 (common in North America) and 220 (common in Europe), and it can vary by city. Bring an adapter!
  • The name of Brazilian money is the Real, and it is subdivided into Centavos. Banknotes are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 denominations. Coins are available for 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 Centavos, and 1 Real.

    There are many more facts you can learn about Brazil through Global Road Warrior, but we’ll leave you with this uniquely Brazilian recipe.

    Creme de Abacate (avacado cream dessert)

    Recipe Serving: Serves 2–4
    Ingredients:

    1 large avocado
    1–2 tbsp (15–30 ml) fresh lime juice
    2–4 tbsp (30–60 ml) sugar
    Salt to taste
    Instructions:
    1. Peel and pit the avocado.
    2. Place pulp, lime juice, sugar, and salt in a blender or food processor and purée.
    3. Transfer to individual serving dishes and chill before serving.
    Variation
    Up to 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream can be added. In this case, use only 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of lime juice. After transferring purée to a bowl, beat with a hand-held electric mixer, gradually adding heavy cream.