Blogs from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, South America

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South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte July 9th 2014

I didn’t have much planned for today other than to watch the second semi-final between Argentina and Holland. I had considered visiting an outdoor museum but that required me to get up early, take a bus to a nearby city and come back during tonight’s game. I decided instead to visit Belo Horizonte a bit and tagged along with Claudio, who works at the hostel I’m staying at. He had offered to give me a tour of Belo Horizonte as he did not have much to do today. I had assumed it was going to be by car, but it was all by bus. Haha We first visited the other hostel location that is closer to the city center. Then, we took another bus to the city center and walked around a bit, visiting squares, government ... read more
Street that leads to government building
Park
People relaxing at the park

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte July 8th 2014

Well, that sucked!!! (to put it mildly) To be more specific, the result sucked, the fact Brazil was dominated and eliminated from the World Cup 25 minutes into the game sucked. I still see the positive side and value the experience of seeing soccer history being created live in front of my eyes. It is why I’m here in the first place, to be a part of it and see it through to the end. I want to the see someone lift the trophy. Obviously, I would rather see Brazil lift it, as I noted the other day, but Germany put on a clinic from beginning to end and deserves to play for the title. As a fan of the game, I can pretty easily digest such a result. Let’s back up a bit. The only ... read more
The gates had just swung open
Welcome to Belo Horizonte
The Man of the Match trophy

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte July 7th 2014

Today was a travel day for me as I made my was from Rio to Belo Horizonte, which is where Brazil will Germany in the first semi-final of the World Cup. I grabbed a bus from Leme to downtown Rio, then walked the rest of the way to Santos Dumont airport. This airport is right by the water right across from the Sugar Loaf. Once again, the plane left on time and landed 20 minutes early. From above, as we approached Belo Horizonte, I was surprised at how big Belo Horizonte is. Residential buildings everywhere. On the ground, I grabbed a bus from the airport to the city center. The International Airport I landed at is about 40km from the city, so it took us about an hour to arrive at the bus depot. There, I ... read more

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte June 21st 2014

Nach gut einer Woche Sao Paulo ging es für es uns weiter in die nächste Stadt. so flogen wir in den Bundesstaat Minas Gerais nach Belo Horizonte. Nach dem freundlichen Empfang unseres Gastgebers in Belo Horizonte und einer kleinen Willkommenstour durch die Gegend auf dem Weg vom Flughafen zum Appartment, in welcher wir in den nächsten 2 Wochen wohnen werden, ging es auch schon weiter zum Fussballstadion Mineirao. Wie erwartet waren Tausende argentinische Fans vor Ort. Bereits auf dem Weg zum Stadion, wurde laut gesungen und gejubelt, einmal mehr bekam man die Freude der Südamerikanischen Fussballfans hautnah mit. Als wir dann das Stadion betraten sahen und hörten wir vor allem fast 60000 Fans singen. Diese Atmosphäre ist ansteckend, noch nie habe ich ein so lautes Stadion betreten. Leute mit Fussballleibchen aus etlichen Ländern waren dort. Natürlich ... read more
Friedliche Stimmung

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte August 10th 2010

So ihr lieben oder Oi! wie der Brasilianer kurz sagt, gut 1 Monat bin ich jetzt schon hier und hab aus reiner Faulheit noch nichts von mir hören lassen. Schande über mein Haupt! Und auch jetzt schreib ich ehrlich gesagt nur mal wieder auf den letzten Drücker, aus Angst gar nicht mehr mit dem Erzählen hinterher zu kommen. Denn in gut 2,5h fährt schon unser Bus ab. Ziel: RIO DE JANEIRO!!! :) Ich weiß gar nicht wo ich anfangen soll und werde auf keinen Fall noch alles zuammen kriegen, was passiert ist, aber ich geb mein Bestes: Also, los ging das ganze Abenteuer natürlich am Flughafen in Belo Horizonte. Völlig planlos wie ich nunmal angereist bin hab ich mich mit nichts weiter als einer Adresse von meinem Hostel mit den örtlichen öffentlichen Bussen auf die Suche ... read more
Aussicht vom Praca do Papa
Mit Keith vor der Kirche in Santa Lucia
Mein Kabuff für die ersten drei Wochen

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South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte June 26th 2010

First impressions of Belo Horizonte were very good. The bus trip from Brasília to Brazil’s third largest city was another efficient journey, arriving in Belo Horizonte in the early hours. The hostel I had booked online was in one of the nicer areas south of the city centre. The person who runs it was incredibly friendly, letting me in at a very early hour and then giving me lots of advice on what to see in the city. All in Portuguese, and I understood everything he said, albeit I needed him to repeat the odd sentence. But I’m definitely more comfortable with the language now, even if half of the words I say are Spanish and not Portuguese. The important thing is that I can normally convey a message and understand the person I’m speaking to. ... read more
Mining and Metal Museum on Liberdade Sqaure
Liberdade Palace
Belo Horizonte Cathedral

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 26th 2009

Saturday Well, Friday night I was visited by the ghost of Montezuma. I can only think of one reason, the salad that I ate in Ouro Preto. I was already not feeling great at dinner and maybe that is another reason why I did not spend enough time checking the dinner bill. This is the only day on our trip that I did not take a single photo. I took many on Sunday so I have decided to do a double day blog. Since I was not feeling well we waited until late morning before leaving the hotel. We walked over to the mall Patio Savassi to do some final shopping. Jackie found some nice earrings for the daughters and herself. Later, we took a taxi to Maria’s for lunch. There we met Maria, Gilberto, Ester ... read more
Hippy Fair
Hippy Fair
Hippy Fair

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 24th 2009

Thursday Nothing much on this day. We slept late and then went to the tennis club. There was no one around. The men's spa opened at 3:30pm so we just took in the sun, read and waited. I chose a different masseuse. I was glad that I did since the first one just about killed me. After Minas we returned to the hotel for a little rest and then met Maria and Gilberto at 68 La Pizzeria. This is a hot spot for the chic and we had to add it to our list. Maria ran into many of her friends from her work. That's it. As I said above...nothing much on this day. Stay tuned for tomorrow, however, it was loaded.... read more
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South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 23rd 2009

Wednesday Today was meant to be a rest day. We have not been doing much lately and that’s worn us out. Actually, our plans were to go to Minas early, get some sun and a massage and lunch. But we seem to have caught the Atlanta disease, rain! Well, not rain but heavy overcast. So, we did not go to Minas at all. We stayed around the hotel until lunch when we walked down to the Restaurant Contemporanea. It is a neat little boutique restaurant with nice a menu. We were surprised to see fruit growing in a courtyard tree. Upon close inspection we discovered that it was a pomegranate tree. The fruit looked like Christmas ornaments hanging on the branches. Our food was some of the best we’ve had for lunch. Jackie had grilled chicken ... read more
Restaurant Contemporanea
Restaurant Contemporanea
Restaurant Contemporanea

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte September 22nd 2009

Tuesday I hear that it has rained a little in Atlanta while we have been gone. I guess the drought is over there. Maybe the lake will finally get filled and people will be able to water their grass. But you need to know that we had rain too. It rained for about one hour on Monday afternoon. Then on Tuesday the day started out with a few clouds and stayed that way most of the day. It didn’t actually rain but it threatened to and that put a damper on our plans to spend the day at Minas Tenis. So, instead, we did what anyone would do, we went to the ‘maos and pes’ spa to have our fingernails and toenails manicured. This manicure only cost $25US for both of us! Jackie had planned to ... read more
Tom learning how nice it is
Festival of Flamenco
Guitarissimo




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