Watching the behaviour of professional football (or soccer, if you like) players has become so sad and dishonest, it's beginning to become a struggle to be able enjoy watching the game or take it seriously. Embellishment, diving, cheating, or whatever you want to call it, has truly become a disease on the game.
Away from the obvious tourist attractions - the remarkably imposing Christ the Redeemer, the picture-perfect Copacabana beach and the enormity and elegance of Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo, to name but three - it is this admirable attitude, one of determination to enjoy life and of encouraging others to do the same which will stay with me.
The size of Brazil means you don't have to look hard to find responsible, authentic experiences away from all inclusive high-rise hotels and cavernous cruise ships. The North-East's Chapada Diamantina, a vast, relatively undiscovered region of mountains, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls and caverns, boasts some of the country's best hiking trails, Cadomblé celebrations...
The world cup has kicked off in Brazil, so no doubt fashion this summer will pull some influences from the flamboyant Brazilians. The biggest style icon to ever come out of Brazil is indisputably the singer and actress Carmen Miranda. There is no star in history that has ever had a stronger signature style of colour, frivolity and fun.