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20th September 2014
Andes in the background

awesome pic of the mountains in the back ground how old are the buildings there showing there age lol
From Blog: Santiago / Chile
15th September 2014
Military museum court yard

Globalization makes one feel astonished
Despite virtually every single country in South America know the influences caused by immigrants from Europe, Asia and Middle East in certain social sectors of their countries, the German influence in Brazilian society was much stronger than in Chile and Argentina – where Italians are more present. However, Germans totally influenced the military in Chile – something I never totally understood. In Brazil, the main influence is French – it goes back to Freemasonry, the French Revolution ideals (all the separatist movements in Brazil dialogued with those principles) and also Positivism, basis of the Proclamation of Republic here. The Brazilian army is strongly Positivist. On the contrary, the Chilean is forged in Prussian concepts, especially regarding a notion of discipline. It goes back to the end of 19th century: the Chilean army still uses the Stahlhelm for ceremonial proposes, something that can be seen at their annual Military Parade. It doesn’t exist in Brazil. Here it is easier to find English contributions, which goes back to 1808/1810. I am the biggest critics of USA and England, but part of me is remotely English and so I know what I am talking about: those who criticize the USA today, don’t know how was the balance of power exercised by the English Empire in South America during the 19th century – not only regarding South America, but also as domain over Portugal and Spain. Portuguese Monarchy was into a number of financial deals with England and… Nothing in this world is for free. The result was a very tense relationship between Portugal and Brazil versus England, which lasted the whole 19th century. This remote relative of mine was into the British Navy. English soldiers had free pass here. Something (a long history, in truth) happened regarding disappointment among some British soldiers, kind of strikes related to payments and some opted to renounce their English heritage, in order to become mercenary at Brazil and other South American countries, such as Argentina and Chile as well. It was kind of “I am not English anymore, I want your citizenship, a new life and in return I’ll give to your Navy our best knowledge”…. As a result, the Brazilian Navy *at the time* (today is another history) became one of the best in the world. But now regarding Germans is a totally different story… If in Chile the main German influence is seem at the their army, here it is in terms of defence of Brazilian borders and part of cultural background, references, world view of millions of peoples. Who formed the middle classes at a huge city like São Paulo, a city basically constituted by very rich people vs. the poor until the beginning of the 20th century? The few Germans who went to live there (today it exist social exclusion in Brazil, but of course 100 years ago it was far worse). Who did jobs at factories which most Brazilians didn’t want – or didn’t have the technical knowlodge to do so? Slavs, Italians, Germans. I am not excluding Indians or Africans from this historical process, even because they were forced to dislocate and work (and even with this they also gave foundations to the country) – while Europeans did such as a matter of choice – while most of the time some who went to work at farms, planting coffee, in order to substitute former African slaves were also humiliated, spanked to death (because the former Lusitanian-Brazilian landowner could be brutal, but not racist: it didn’t matter to him how blond, “Aryan”, or black, someone could be, but the inferior condition this individual had while a “worker”). And so…. In this obscure environment, this total “closed society” Germans also got technical jobs (much more than Italians), at a new industrial era, in cities as Porto Alegre, and stablished a cultural space of production which transformed the State of Rio Grande do Sul (my hometown) in a pioneer on the whole industrialization of the country. This shocked too much the Brazilian society at the time… “Shocked” in the sense it was something totally new here, never seem before. It doesn’t matter if someone enjoys or not the idea of Monarchy, but this is fundamental to understand what the Brazil of today is, the consequences are numerous. As you enjoy museums, the Imperial Museum at Petropolis (regarding the Habsburg/Portuguese/Brazilian Royal Family explains this story very well). The Portuguese monarchy was officially placed in Rio de Janeiro, in 1808 (something curious, that never happened before… Imagine England making an American or Australian city as headquarters for a whole empire). John VI later returned to Portugal, leaving his eldest son and heir, Pedro, to rule Brazil as regent. On 1822, Pedro declared the independence of Brazil from Portugal and, after waging a successful war against his father's kingdom, was acclaimed as Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil. The new country was huge but sparsely populated and ethnically diverse. Unlike most of its republic neighbours, Brazil had a vibrant economic growth (and I am not saying this because I am a sympathizer of the Monarchy, but because many Historians from here, including Marxist historians consider this era was, to say the least, one of the most prosperous in Brazilian). Being of German and Portuguese heritage is something relatively common here, that dates back this era: one of the first Brazilian of German ancestry (in truth Austrian) was Dom Pedro II, whose tomb is situated in Brazil (not in Portugal), in the Cathedral of Petropolis: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/... He was part Austrian: by father side, Portuguese, and his mother was the Archduchess Maria Leopoldina of Austria, daughter of Franz II, the last Holy Roman Emperor. Through his mother, Pedro was a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte and first cousin of Emperors Napoleon II of France and Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. His father, Dom Pedro I, married twice: first with Leopoldina and after her death with Princess Amelia of Leuchtenberg, daughter of Eugene de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg, and Princess Auguste of Bavaria. So, these connections with what is actual Austria and Germany were very strong (are until today, because we learn those things during school years). It was Leopoldina the responsible for the arrival of German immigrants to Brazil, since 1824. It was her idea. Leopoldina knew her ancestor, Empress Maria Theresa, had colonized lands along the Danube, to prevent the advance of the Turks into the centre of Europe, with threat to Austrian territory. Brazil was experiencing a similar situation in the South, which borders was constantly threatened. To them, a more intense colonization of that piece of land at South Brazil could help keeping the geopolitical balance. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=530798497020286&l=efddab40b1 In fact, the Azoreans, then “owners” of Rio Grande do Sul (State where I was born), were also eternal vigilants against invaders. When that Austrian woman thought about bringing European immigrants to Brazil, she knew Portuguese would never come because Brazil emancipated from Portugal. Spaniard, no way, because they were the enemies in Southern Brazil (the Gauchos are an example of this separatist ideal there – the only State where it happens in the whole country). French neither, because one day they invaded Rio de Janeiro, founding what would be called "Antarctic France". English out of question (the biggest enemies, actually) because they had also tried to invade Brazil for several times. Dutch out of the question too, as they lived for 24 years in the Northeast Region, where they founded the first Brazilian synagogue in the 3 Americas (until today a touristic attraction in the Northeast region http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinagoga_Kahal_Zur_Israel ), were expelled from the country and after helped to found New York, in USA. Prussia, which later integrated Germany, had an army admired by D. Pedro I and Brazil needed soldiers, and as the Portuguese, due to the recent Independence, had returned to Portugal, they looked for Prussian immigrants. D. Pedro I became interested in German mercenaries and, probably, to don’t get noticed this "militaristic movement", also began hiring settlers, farmers, peasant families from Prussia and all regions of actual Austria, Switzerland and Germany (especially Rheinland-Pfalz) to occupy lands in Southern Brazil. Anyone who wished to emigrate should renounce their nationality and present evidence that the recipient country would give a new nationality - European countries wanted to protect themselves against future responsibilities. The Brazilian government, the monarchy offered them: paid ship ticket; guarantee of Brazilian citizenship; granting plots of land (something they wanted in Europe, but didn’t obtain because of overpopulation there); supply with basic first needs, work materials and animals; tax exemption for a few years; freedom of religious worship. In Brazil, there is a popular saying that says: "when the alms are too much, the saint gets suspicious". It is very possible that some of those peasants considered the offer too advantageous. This would be confirmed later because arriving at Rio Grande do Sul, more specifically in the city of São Leopoldo, in 1824, and receiving a farm lot of land 30 or 40 kilometres away from the major capitals, with no roads, no schools, in the virgin forest, without hospitals, caused despair in many - and they had to build EVERYTHING alone, without any kind of governmental help, forming small villages almost independent, “in the middle of nowhere”. With regard to the freedom of religious worship offered - the Government should predict that part of those immigrants was Lutherans – it was a problem: it was unconstitutional because in the Imperial Constitution of 1824 the Catholic religion was official. Other religions could be practiced, in private, indoors, without outward appearance of temples. Well, if it were not for Leopoldina’s initiative (it doesn’t matter if someone agrees or not with her), people like my paternal grandmother and my maternal grandfather would never have come to Brazil. I say those things because I consider Globalization is a process that makes one almost astonished. And it didn’t goes back to the 90s or the 50s… No, it goes back to those migration waves towards North, Central and South America, much before it goes back (500 years ago) to the Navigations Era (regarding Portugal and Spain) and much before the Roman Empire. It is, to say the least, very intriguing – frightening sometimes, but it is real. It happened and reflects on our lives, permanently, until today. The South America, for good and for bad, is a product of Europe – not only regarding explorers, but also peoples who settled down here, joining a new reality.
15th September 2014
Military museum court yard

Globalization makes one feel astonished
Despite virtually every single country in South America know the influences caused by immigrants from Europe, Asia and Middle East in certain social sectors of their countries, the German influence in Brazilian society was much stronger than in Chile and Argentina – where Italians are more present. However, Germans totally influenced the military in Chile – something I never totally understood. In Brazil, the main influence is French – it goes back to Freemasonry, the French Revolution ideals (all the separatist movements in Brazil dialogued with those principles) and also Positivism, basis of the Proclamation of Republic here. The Brazilian army is strongly Positivist. On the contrary, the Chilean is forged in Prussian concepts, especially regarding a notion of discipline. It goes back to the end of 19th century: the Chilean army still uses the Stahlhelm for ceremonial proposes, something that can be seen at their annual Military Parade. It doesn’t exist in Brazil. Here it is easier to find English contributions, which goes back to 1808/1810. I am the biggest critics of USA and England, but part of me is remotely English and so I know what I am talking about: those who criticize the USA today, don’t know how was the balance of power exercised by the English Empire in South America during the 19th century – not only regarding South America, but also as domain over Portugal and Spain. Portuguese Monarchy was into a number of financial deals with England and… Nothing in this world is for free. The result was a very tense relationship between Portugal and Brazil versus England, which lasted the whole 19th century. This remote relative of mine was into the British Navy. English soldiers had free pass here. Something (a long history, in truth) happened regarding disappointment among some British soldiers, kind of strikes related to payments and some opted to renounce their English heritage, in order to become mercenary at Brazil and other South American countries, such as Argentina and Chile as well. It was kind of “I am not English anymore, I want your citizenship, a new life and in return I’ll give to your Navy our best knowledge”…. As a result, the Brazilian Navy *at the time* (today is another history) became one of the best in the world. But now regarding Germans is a totally different story… If in Chile the main German influence is seem at the their army, here it is in terms of defence of Brazilian borders and part of cultural background, references, world view of millions of peoples. Who formed the middle classes at a huge city like São Paulo, a city basically constituted by very rich people vs. the poor until the beginning of the 20th century? The few Germans who went to live there (today it exist social exclusion in Brazil, but of course 100 years ago it was far worse). Who did jobs at factories which most Brazilians didn’t want – or didn’t have the technical knowlodge to do so? Slavs, Italians, Germans. I am not excluding Indians or Africans from this historical process, even because they were forced to dislocate and work (and even with this they also gave foundations to the country) – while Europeans did such as a matter of choice – while most of the time some who went to work at farms, planting coffee, in order to substitute former African slaves were also humiliated, spanked to death (because the former Lusitanian-Brazilian landowner could be brutal, but not racist: it didn’t matter to him how blond, “Aryan”, or black, someone could be, but the inferior condition this individual had while a “worker”). And so…. In this obscure environment, this total “closed society” Germans also got technical jobs (much more than Italians), at a new industrial era, in cities as Porto Alegre, and stablished a cultural space of production which transformed the State of Rio Grande do Sul (my hometown) in a pioneer on the whole industrialization of the country. This shocked too much the Brazilian society at the time… “Shocked” in the sense it was something totally new here, never seem before. It doesn’t matter if someone enjoys or not the idea of Monarchy, but this is fundamental to understand what the Brazil of today is, the consequences are numerous. As you enjoy museums, the Imperial Museum at Petropolis (regarding the Habsburg/Portuguese/Brazilian Royal Family explains this story very well). The Portuguese monarchy was officially placed in Rio de Janeiro, in 1808 (something curious, that never happened before… Imagine England making an American or Australian city as headquarters for a whole empire). John VI later returned to Portugal, leaving his eldest son and heir, Pedro, to rule Brazil as regent. On 1822, Pedro declared the independence of Brazil from Portugal and, after waging a successful war against his father's kingdom, was acclaimed as Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil. The new country was huge but sparsely populated and ethnically diverse. Unlike most of its republic neighbours, Brazil had a vibrant economic growth (and I am not saying this because I am a sympathizer of the Monarchy, but because many Historians from here, including Marxist historians consider this era was, to say the least, one of the most prosperous in Brazilian). Being of German and Portuguese heritage is something relatively common here, that dates back this era: one of the first Brazilian of German ancestry (in truth Austrian) was Dom Pedro II, whose tomb is situated in Brazil (not in Portugal), in the Cathedral of Petropolis: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/... He was part Austrian: by father side, Portuguese, and his mother was the Archduchess Maria Leopoldina of Austria, daughter of Franz II, the last Holy Roman Emperor. Through his mother, Pedro was a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte and first cousin of Emperors Napoleon II of France and Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. His father, Dom Pedro I, married twice: first with Leopoldina and after her death with Princess Amelia of Leuchtenberg, daughter of Eugene de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg, and Princess Auguste of Bavaria. So, these connections with what is actual Austria and Germany were very strong (are until today, because we learn those things during school years). It was Leopoldina the responsible for the arrival of German immigrants to Brazil, since 1824. It was her idea. Leopoldina knew her ancestor, Empress Maria Theresa, had colonized lands along the Danube, to prevent the advance of the Turks into the centre of Europe, with threat to Austrian territory. Brazil was experiencing a similar situation in the South, which borders was constantly threatened. To them, a more intense colonization of that piece of land at South Brazil could help keeping the geopolitical balance. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=530798497020286&l=efddab40b1 In fact, the Azoreans, then “owners” of Rio Grande do Sul (State where I was born), were also eternal vigilants against invaders. When that Austrian woman thought about bringing European immigrants to Brazil, she knew Portuguese would never come because Brazil emancipated from Portugal. Spaniard, no way, because they were the enemies in Southern Brazil (the Gauchos are an example of this separatist ideal there – the only State where it happens in the whole country). French neither, because one day they invaded Rio de Janeiro, founding what would be called "Antarctic France". English out of question (the biggest enemies, actually) because they had also tried to invade Brazil for several times. Dutch out of the question too, as they lived for 24 years in the Northeast Region, where they founded the first Brazilian synagogue in the 3 Americas (until today a touristic attraction in the Northeast region http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinagoga_Kahal_Zur_Israel ), were expelled from the country and after helped to found New York, in USA. Prussia, which later integrated Germany, had an army admired by D. Pedro I and Brazil needed soldiers, and as the Portuguese, due to the recent Independence, had returned to Portugal, they looked for Prussian immigrants. D. Pedro I became interested in German mercenaries and, probably, to don’t get noticed this "militaristic movement", also began hiring settlers, farmers, peasant families from Prussia and all regions of actual Austria, Switzerland and Germany (especially Rheinland-Pfalz) to occupy lands in Southern Brazil. Anyone who wished to emigrate should renounce their nationality and present evidence that the recipient country would give a new nationality - European countries wanted to protect themselves against future responsibilities. The Brazilian government, the monarchy offered them: paid ship ticket; guarantee of Brazilian citizenship; granting plots of land (something they wanted in Europe, but didn’t obtain because of overpopulation there); supply with basic first needs, work materials and animals; tax exemption for a few years; freedom of religious worship. In Brazil, there is a popular saying that says: "when the alms are too much, the saint gets suspicious". It is very possible that some of those peasants considered the offer too advantageous. This would be confirmed later because arriving at Rio Grande do Sul, more specifically in the city of São Leopoldo, in 1824, and receiving a farm lot of land 30 or 40 kilometres away from the major capitals, with no roads, no schools, in the virgin forest, without hospitals, caused despair in many - and they had to build EVERYTHING alone, without any kind of governmental help, forming small villages almost independent, “in the middle of nowhere”. With regard to the freedom of religious worship offered - the Government should predict that part of those immigrants was Lutherans – it was a problem: it was unconstitutional because in the Imperial Constitution of 1824 the Catholic religion was official. Other religions could be practiced, in private, indoors, without outward appearance of temples. Well, if it were not for Leopoldina’s initiative (it doesn’t matter if someone agrees or not with her), people like my paternal grandmother and my maternal grandfather would never have come to Brazil. I say those things because I consider Globalization is a process that makes one almost astonished. And it didn’t goes back to the 90s or the 50s… No, it goes back to those migration waves towards North, Central and South America, much before it goes back (500 years ago) to the Navigations Era (regarding Portugal and Spain) and much before the Roman Empire. It is, to say the least, very intriguing – frightening sometimes, but it is real. It happened and reflects on our lives, permanently, until today. The South America, for good and for bad, is a product of Europe – not only regarding explorers, but also peoples who settled down here, joining a new reality.
15th September 2014

Glad you have landed safe and sound!
Hi Welf, Glad to hear that you have landed safe and sound and that you have met some great people to hang out with and to show you around. Nothing beats a local's tour of a city. Can't believe you didn't pack an umbrella! Shame about the lack of English titles in museums etc, but it's kind of neat to realise that English hasn't taken over everywhere. Looking forward to reading the next installment of your adventure. Cheers N
15th September 2014

Thanks Nicole
Agree with you about the English. My Spanish is coming back slowly. Take care and talk to you soon.
14th September 2014
Military museum court yard

Interesting
Their army has a strong, very interesting Prussian influence, which goes back a long time ago...
15th September 2014
Military museum court yard

German influence.
I saw that a while ago. They had German officers here in the 1880. The "Pickelhaube" is everywhere.
14th September 2014

Museum
Make sure you visit the pre-Columbian museum that I believe was purchased by BHP from the Chilean government for $1.00 (about 65 million Chilean pesos) to ensure its safety. Great underground railway system to try, too. Look after yourself. DA
From Blog: Santiago / Chile
15th September 2014

Museum
I visited the museum and it was OK. Problem was that everything was in Spanish. Did not know that they sold it for $1.
From Blog: Santiago / Chile
13th September 2014

:)
Hi dad! Glad to see that you have arrived safely and have started your new adventure off with new friends. The photos look incredible! Stay safe! X
From Blog: Santiago / Chile
12th September 2014

is it beer o'clock over there yet...
Hi Welf. hope you had a good flight, look forward to tracking you as you do this trip.
12th September 2014

Breakfast time righ now. 7.30 in the morning.....
8th September 2014

Gute Reise und verfahr Dich nicht!
7th September 2014

Changes!
I've been on the same south to north trip that you're now doing, but it's been four years now, and I've only made it to Arequipa, Peru. I fell off my travels and have been living here, on and off, for about a year, enjoying a good life and trying to catch up on old blogs from a couple of years ago in northern Argentina, That photo of the MP train station is classic--you're going to be shocked at the glitz it now is. Hey, maybe we'll have a meet up here in South America--I'll probably be on the continent for another couple of years. Buen viaje!
6th June 2008

$5
Come off it. $5 can buy you 3 beers................ And it wasn't $5 we argued about. It was $1.......
From Blog: Siem Reap
6th June 2008

Welf. dont argue about a fare... it cost you how much $5... he needs to feed his family
From Blog: Siem Reap
2nd June 2008

Just a quick hello
Just to let you know I've been readind the travel log often. Have a nice time.
From Blog: Sihanoukville
29th May 2008

sydney is cold...i want to come back....
Hi Guys... a quick note to say Hi. keep the photos coming and it's cold and grey back home, Allen stay where you are..... its a nicer place.
From Blog: Phnom Penh
26th May 2008

Shiv
Mate you know I'm a man of diplomacy.........bahahahaha farking bash the pedo bastards, Mate we have a few thousand in the kitty to get you off.... its well worth it. James.
22nd May 2008

Long Tan
Umm, Welf... It wasn't a couple of VC... More like a bloody regiment! Anyway, looks like a lot of fun, I'd choose that over the Gold Coast any day.
20th May 2008

hot hot hot
WTF... its about 35dec and the humidity is around 80%, it rains for about 2 hr in the afternoon and that just makes it worst....
12th May 2008

Vangers
Whooooooooo hooooooooo!!!! Wish I was tubin' with you!!!! Have a couple of coldies for me!
From Blog: Thailand
11th May 2008

killing fields
bring me back a present Welf..I want 4 skulls for a new 4 post bed I am making..Also stab a few kiddy fuckers for me in Thailand.Make your trip memorable..take care see ya soon in Melbourne/adelaide
From Blog: Still at home
9th May 2008

I'll be keeping up with this. I hope your travel buddies write from their own perspectives as well. Perhaps give them a nudge in the right direction. Have fun!
From Blog: Still at home
8th May 2008

still waiting at airport
well.... with german precision we got to the airport 4.25 hr before the flight....WTF... waiting, waiting and more waiting and that was just the check in.... well it's 8.45 now time to start the walk to the other side of the border.
From Blog: Still at home

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