Travel

Internchina at the World Cup in Brazil

Those of you following us on Facebook may have seen that I was recently in Brazil for the first 2 weeks of the football world cup. When I was working in our offices in Qingdao and Zhuhai I was always so busy in the summer, a ‘summer holiday’ was the stuff of dreams! Now that I’m based in the UK promoting InternChina to students in Europe, my busy time is now during term-time, predominantly over the winter, which allowed me to take a real summer holiday! There was only one destination in mind for me this summer as a football fan and someone who likes to travel; Brazil.

InternChina - Panda Partying in Sao Paolo
InternChina – Panda Partying in Sao Paolo

Although China was not represented, there were some Chinese fans there and I thought I would represent China and IC by donning my lovely Giant Panda outfit! It was fairly warm, especially in Manaus, with high humidity and temperatures well over 30 degrees! It was worth it though because of the many brilliant inquisitive football fans from all over the world who I got to know because the first just wanted a photo with an English Panda!

InternChina - Panda in Manaus
InternChina – Panda in Manaus

The highlight of our trip was a 3 day tour in the Amazon Rainforest, where we caught piranhas, saw amazing wildlife such as caymen and sloths and lived the jungle lifestyle; eating fresh fish, sleeping in hammocks and playing football with the local guys.

InternChina - IC goes to the Amazon
InternChina – IC goes to the Amazon

Although my home nation – England – embarrassingly flopped out after only 2 games, I had an incredible time and met some brilliant people. I hope we might be able to launch Intern Brazil in the future, watch this space!

InternChina - Ipanema beach is somewhat better than Beach #1 in Qingdao!
InternChina – Ipanema beach is somewhat better than Beach #1 in Qingdao!

Brazil – 巴西 (bā xī)
Football – 足球 (zú qiú)
World Cup – 世界杯 (shì jiè bēi)
Amazon – 亚马逊 (yà mǎ xùn)

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