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Natal 2013 / Xmas 2013

Por/ By – Joni Hoppen

Trem reduzida espaço em branco

Clique para aumentar / Click to enlarge

Rua arnoldo frey luzes logo branco

Arnold Frey Road – Clique para aumentar / Click to enlarge

noel no lago branco logo

Papai Noel no Lago – Clique para aumentar / Click to enlarge

DSC_0094-logo-reduzido centro de evento

Centro de eventos – Event center

michelangelo natal 2013 noite lua

Edifício Michelangelo – Michelangelo Building

hotel renar logo natal 2013

Hotel Renar / Renar Hotel

Castelinho logo luz noite branco

Atividade vulcânica Lá no Frai vs nos USA

Tchozedo que gosta do Frai, segue mais uma comparação da nossa existência. Agradecimento especial à fotógrafa Iole Dahmer que tirou essa foto do lago bem cedinho no inverno do ano passado.

A little comparison between the USA and Fraiburgo, many thanks to Iole Damer who took the Brazilian picture.

Composição Joni Hoppen 27/03/2013

Um dia / One day

Um dia foi assim, o sol nasceu, os pinheiros mergulharam no lago sem se molhar e as cores se despertaram. Tudo no seu tempo, tudo no seu espaço, tudo em Fraiburgo, terra do lago das Araucárias…

That was the way sun appeared, the pine trees dry-dived in the lake and the colours woke up. Each thing in each own time, space in Fraiburgo, the land of the Araucárias lake.

Foto Elisangela Lorencini – Edição – Joni Hoppen

The city lake, our favorite place

Ludic map – by GuiaSul – Click to enlarge 

Today, I am going to bring you to the famous lake of the city. Here is a ludic map of the city (click on the pic) to give some sense of direction. In there you can see the city gate and the lake.

Here is a picture taken pointing to the center of the town. This is by far one of our favorite places in the city.

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When I was showing the pictures of the lake to my friends, they usually asked me “but it isn’t really a lake isn’t it? It looks like a pond” I say, “No, of course it’s not a pond, it is a lake”. Ok, let clarify this. In fact, it isn’t a real lake. So why do we “Fraiburguenses” call it as a lake?  The answer is simple, it is because we feel like doing so and because everybody agrees on this, then it is a lake, at least for us. I’m not joking. If you think about it, that is the same process that happens in science, languages, religion, economics and so forth “what it is and what isn’t is always and only a question of consensus”. Therefore, in our local agreement this is a lake. Yet, to strengthen and extend the overall consensus over this topic, the names of streets and buildings are named after to “lake” related names :). Looking from an outside perspective it’s funny :). Furthermore, I feel that this is already so rooted in our minds that if you come to the city and look for the pond of the city we might think you are looking for something else rather than our adorable little lake.

So why the lake is so special for us? That’s is tough question actually. Perhaps it’s similar to ask why are your siblings so special for you? It’s difficult to explain, we basically grew up next it, it is part of our family, it was silently present in most of the important city events and in our life happenings. Generation after generation it is there watching us. It is the symbol and the pride of city and what makes it unique in the country e perhaps in the world.

These trees below are a gift of a very specially woman called Lídia Frey who planted the seeds of theses magnificent pine trees thinking ahead, about the next generations. I dream about seeing actions like this becoming normal thing and not an exception to the rule. Fortunately, here we have a real and lovely example that altruistic actions like this work out in the long term, generating value to everyone, not only for the citizens of Fraiburgo, but also for humanity. Many thanks to Mrs. Lídia Frey (in memoriam) for this wonderful gift and life example.

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So now you know a little bit more about the famous lake. I hope you enjoyed. I see you one the next posts.

Fraiburgo, where is it and how to get there?


Hi folks,

Let’s get started. As the first post of this blog about Fraiburgo, let me show you a bit where it is located and how you can get there. I will leave the next posts to convey information on what you can do and see out there.

Fraiburgo on the map

Here is the Brazilian map. In the south there are only three states.  The middle one is “Santa Catarina” also widely known as “Santa e Bela Catarina” which means “Saint and Beautiful Catarina” due to its landscapes, nature and so on. Yet, this state carries a female name, which is quite an uncommon thing in Brazil. Its approximate size is, more or less, equivalent to Portugal. Fraiburgo lies in the very middle of it and also in the southern region, which is by the way a subtropical region.

The state capital, Florianópolis, is the island on the right side of the map, where most international tourists arrive. The flight from São Paulo to Florianópolis takes approximately 1 hour. The distance of 380km/236miles is what separates Fraiburgo from the capital and the best way to over come it is by car, which takes around 5 hours; by bus it takes at least 7 hours. Unfortunately, the high-speed train connecting Brasília – São Paulo – Rio de Janeiro and Fraiburgo is not ready yet.

In the middle of nowhere – No meio do nada

In the middle of nowhere, when you start thinking that your GPS is broken, no worries, it is a good signal that you are almost there, just trust me. Here is a type of landscape that you might find on the way until you are receptioned by the city entrance gate.


Welcome to Fraiburgo. Be our guest and enjoy your stay!

I strongly recommend you to stop by and get some delicious apple products, I mean, real apple products (not computers and stuff). By the way, my favourite item is the Dehydrated apples which is delicious with multiple tastes in a single snack. If you don’t like don’t hesitate to send them to me I wouldn’t refuse.

Well, this my first experience blogging and I do it with lots of joy. I hope you like it and I would be delighted receiving comments, ideas, feedbacks and stuff. New posts are coming soon. Greetings too all!