Walachai is a rural German colony located 70 km outside of Porto Alegre. In ancient German, it means “a distant place, lost in time”. There are other oddly-named communities in the country, such as Jamerthal, Batatenthal, Padre Eterno and Frankenthal. These communities have their own structure and continue to live far away from the globalized world. Many of its people have never learnt Portuguese and communicate with each other in a German dialect passed down from their ancestors over many generations. Nevertheless, the know nothing of their German roots. They are all Brazilian and consider themselves as such.