sexta-feira, 26 de fevereiro de 2016
terça-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2016
Do you know how much does it cost to buy a book in England? Well, it's quite cheap actually.
People read a lot in England and most novels (bestsellers) are printed in paperback. The simple and humble "papel jornal". That cut costs and make the books more affordable. £7.99 is a fixed price for a paperback nowadays but book shops tend to put them on sale or make some offers like "buy one get the second half price".
The harcover books cost about £12.99 (R$ 48,00) and are usually used by younger kids or older people due to the large print (letras grandes).
Of course we have Amazon and as you probably know e-books can be much cheaper as well, sometimes a third of the original price.
The whole United Kingdom has lots of charity shops (lojas de caridade tipo lojas de segunda mão) and loads of books can be bought in these shops as well. In this case the books are usually a bargain, sometimes less than £1 (menos de R$6,00). A paradise for people that love reading and love a bargain.
Most English people read a lot. The libraries are excellent and free of charge. Maybe that explains the fact that here people don't mind lending or giving aways their books.
segunda-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2016
Yesterday 14th of February was Valentine's day in England and in many parts of the world too. We don't celebrate on June 12th like Brazil does.
For many weeks the shops were full of cards, red heart ballons and loads more to catch the attention of all the romantic people out there.
Yesterday I got this lovely bunch of flowers and a nice card from my boyfriend and a couple of weeks ago as an early Valentine's present he treated me to a romantic weekend in a gorgeous hotel. Lucky me!
How did you guys celebrate Valentine's day?
sexta-feira, 12 de fevereiro de 2016
Oh, and just to make it clear.These days off have nothing to do with carnival. It wasn't carnival in England.
terça-feira, 9 de fevereiro de 2016
It's Pancake Day in the United Kingdom. Shrove Tuesday (terça de carnaval) is always the day before Ash Wednesday (quarta-feira de cinzas). We don't celebrate carnival in England this time of the year and is not even a public holiday like in Brazil. Having said that, British people will indulge eating pancakes today. The favourite type here is the one with lemon (not lime) and sugar on top.
I have just prepared some for my daughter and I. Mine was with honey though.
In many Catholic countries people will give up eating red meat during the Lent period (the 40 days from Ash Wednesday until Easter). Not the case here as England is not a Catholic country.
It used to be a feast before the fasting. Not the same stric ways any more but the tradition is kept somehow, just like the carnival for Brazilians.
Which one do you prefer? Carnival or Pancake Day?