Monday, April 16, 2007
A Dutch accent - Holambra
Besides Germans, Brazil has a Dutch community in Holambra (a contraction of Holland, America, and Brazil). The town was created by Dutch immigrants who left Europe after World War II. Many of the buildings have a Dutch-style facade, the houses have the Welcome sign in dutch. Every year, at the end of the Winter, for three weeks, there is the "Expoflora," an exhibition of flowers, food, and dutch dances. The Dutch descendants cultivate and export flowers to many countries in Europe and North America through electronic auctions. We were visiting for a few hours on Saturday, but did not stay long, we left for a farm nearby.