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Blog It Forward – Natรกlia Machado

Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was blogged by my colleague Caetano Almeida (BIF – Caetano Almeida). So I’m here to accept this challenge and create my BIF blog, sharing some information about me and my country.

You can find more information about this challenge here: Blog It Forward Community Challenge.


My name is Natália Canal Machado, but I prefer to be called by my nickname Nati. I’m 20 years old and live in the south of Brazil, in a city called São Leopoldo (I was born here too). I enjoy reading, travelling and studying new languages (at the moment, German).

I am currently in the 2nd year of Production Engineering at a local University, Unisinos.

I started as an intern at SAP LABS Latin America six months ago, at Product Support, and I’m really enjoying this opportunity. I work with the component QM (Quality Management).

This is one photo of me in Gramado, a small city in Rio Grande do Sul (the state where I live). As you can see, I’m with a lot of clothes in the picture, and this is not what you used to see on TV about Brazil’s outfit. Actually, this city is the most close that we have that can be compare to Europe. The weather is very cold in the winter, and the temperature can be negative.

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Fun fact about my Country

Since everyone have already shared a lot of thins about Brazil, I’d like to share some information about the state where I live, Rio Grande do Sul. It is very different to the rest of Brazil, so I believe you will be surprised by some behaviors.

We have a drink called Chimarrão. Before I explain what it is, I’d like to share a photo of it, so it’s easy to understand what I am talking about.


Basically it is a cup (called cuia) filled with erva mate (I think there is no translate for it) and hot water. Everyone drinks in the same cuia, but just one person filled it with hot water after each person finish it. It is complicated but is cultural ๐Ÿ˜€

The symbol in my cuia in the picture is the symbol of my soccer team: Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, the best of Rio Grande do Sul!!

You probably aren’t excite to try Chimarrão, but science also gives you some reasons in this picture I found on Google:


Another fact about my state is that we don’t have famous beaches here, so most of people travel out of the state on vacations. But, in my opinion, we have a great beach here too, it is called Torres. One picture (took by me) and you will agree with me:

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As you can see I really love my state! ๐Ÿ˜€

Fun fact about me

A fun fact about me is that I love reading. Everything, like magazines, newspapers, and mainly books. I have almost read 300 books I guess, counting since I am 8 years old when my father took me to the library to choose a new book every week. I keep the habit and read is very fun for me, and not an obligation as it is for most of people.

I do not have a picture of my books to show you, but actually I don’t have many many books, I prefer to go to the library and take books.

Questions asked by Caetano

– If you were 20 again, what would you study?

Actually I am 20 now, but I’d study Law.

– What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

As an intern I really enjoy learn new things and help people with my knowledge.

– What is your favorite musician/band?

Adele and Amy Winehouse.

Answer to the  3 optional questions (2 from BIF and another one made by myself)

– What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

Read and learn everything you can.

-What was your dream job as a kid?


– What is your favorite quote?

“The best things in life aren’t things.”

Blogging It Forward

I’d like to blog it forward to the following people:

Camila Zilles

Willian Moller

Arthur Braga

Albert Molnar

Please answer the three optional questions:

What is your favorite quote?

What would you do if you wan one million dollars?

What is your favorite book? Why?


Natália Machado

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  • Hi Nati and welcome to the #BIF family!

    I love your story and your enthusiasm.  I am an avid reader too, so someday we should compare notes.  I also think your parents taught you a great lesson :-).

    Keep on blogging,

  • Hi Nati,

    Nice to know about you. Came across several times on the community but this time, got fewer details ๐Ÿ™‚

    Pictures are really nice, but the drink Chimarrão, yeah, I won’t try ๐Ÿ˜›

    Welcome to BIF


    • Hi Nitin,

      Thanks, good to know that you like it!

      Ohh, why? It can make you warm in the winter ๐Ÿ˜›

      I really don’t know how to explain the taste because it is very different, but it is like a tea, just stronger.


      • Aaha! In that case, I’d love to have it. Though not negative, but temperature can get down as low as 0°C in North India. I can see its green and it tastes something like Tea, you may want to try Green tea as well.

        Yup taste will remain a surprise factor!! Probably would be nice to have it if I, ever, got a chance to visit São Leopoldo ๐Ÿ˜‰


        • Yes, I agree, it is similiar to green tea! Just a different way to drink, passing to other people the “cuia”.

          Yes please try it if you come to São Leopoldo or Rio Grande do Sul and give me some feedback ๐Ÿ˜€


  • Nice BIF!! I did not know you also drink “Chimarrao”. For me this is a “Mate” (this is how we called your Chimarrao in Argentina and Uruguay!!)

    All the best!


    • Hi Mariano,

      I have already try “Mate” in Argentina and it is a little different, there is less water and I think that the “erva mate” is differente too.



  • Nice blog.

    Someday I called jug the Chimarrão cup. My Gaúcho friend almost hit my head (joking) ๐Ÿ˜† . “the name is Cuia” – He said ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Try a Red and White shield next time. Your Cuia will be much better! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best Regards

    • Thanks Marssel ๐Ÿ˜€

      Jug is awful, probably every Gaúcho would do the same that your friend ๐Ÿ˜›
      hahaha I don’t think so, blue is better (the discussion never ends).



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