By Luciano Graca
When Lonely Planet’s list of “2014’s most unmissable destinations” came out last October, it placed Brazil at number one and Scotland at number three. With so much happening in both of the countries this year and the World Cup kicking off today, it seems fit to draw a comparison.
The Wee G found 9 facts that proves the similarities between Brazilians and Scots go way beyond their mutual passion for beer and football. Check it out.
1. Move over Coca-Cola! We love Irn-Bru and Guarana
Scots and Brazilians are very serious about their soft drinks. Scotland’s beloved IRN-BRU uses witty sarcasm on its Christmas advert and now has become the ice lolly to enjoy during the summer. Let’s not forget this orange marvel is also, allegedly, the best hangover cure around.
In Brazil, Guarana Antarctica, a drink made of an Amazonian fruit of the same name, is apparently the best drink to accompany pizza, popcorn and sandwiches. It’s so popular that it became official sponsor of the national football squad – taking patriotism to another level.
2. Live for the summer
Scots live for the summer, even if summer never comes. The phrase, “taps aff” , is the best description of that feeling.
Brazilians also live for the summer, admittedly it helps that summer is almost always present in Brazil. During their “long” winter months (2 weeks maybe), social media is bombarded with summer withdraw depression if the temperature goes lower than 18C!
3. Beer, beer and more beer
While Scots sometimes drink their beer regardless of temperature, Brazilians would never, ever drink beer that is not “stupidly” cold.
4. Never discuss politics, religion and football. Wait, yes, we discuss football
The way that both Brazilians and Scots approach this very delicate subject is with passion. There’s no right or wrong. There are winners and losers. That’s all.
5. National delicacies. The deeper fried, the better
In Scotland they deep fry anything, even Mars Bars. In Brazil they prefer to stick to chicken. Either way there is no such thing as too much batter.
6. The exports
Brazilian Cachaça is made of sugar cane and until recently, due to it’s extremely high alcohol content and cheap price, it was associated with drunk, homeless people in Brazil. But since the drink is the perfect component of another Brazilian export the “caipirinha” things have changed and Cachaça has elevated its status.
Scottish whisky on the other hand has always been known for its quality, finesse, tradition and also extremely high alcohol content. Let’s say that whisky is cachaça’s posh cousin.
7. Great hosts
It is common knowledge that Scots and Brazilians are among the friendliest people in the world. This year they are showcasing their hosting skills when the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, and the World Cup, in Rio, take off. Expect a party!
Both countries share a mutual passion for music and dance. The difference here is the instrument (and the clothing worn!).
9. Embrace change
In October, Brazilians will cast their vote to choose the next President or to keep the current one. In September, Scots will decide if they remain as part of the UK or if its time to fly solo. Whatever the outcome expect the unexpected.