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South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo September 25th 2005

Faith has returned to me the task of updating the blog. I was amazed by the amount of detail in Faith´s descriptions and I have to tell you that unfortunately I won´t continue on the same note. The outcome of the visa application with the American Consulate in São Paulo. My worries turned out to be highly unjustified. After a three hour wait they called my number (136 and that´s because I arrived one hour before the appointed time). The interview took 30 seconds. The interviewer had no idea what what I was there for even though he had all the documents beforehand. He asked a total of two questions, the first was whether I was renewing my student visa and the second was how long I had studied in the US, which is a complicated ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo September 19th 2005

well its been a while but im afraid we have come to an end. This the 19th is our last day! The emails begging our parents for extra money so we could stay here an extra month, or 6 failed so we are on our way home this afternoon. Its been an adventure, but its okay because now we are planning our next one. last minute dash We´re in Rio again now but getting here was a bit of a struggle, with less than 10 days to go we suddenly realised that we were in Peru, humm, so a taxi to Bolivia (yes a taxi from Peru to Bolivia!!!) was in order and then a bus to La Paz. In La Paz we did last min shopping, and spent a little (*cough* lot *cough*) too much ... read more
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Miles and miles of white sand...and even whiter tourists

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo September 13th 2005

They have a huge statue here of a bandeirante - a what, you ask? A portuguese mercenary from colonial days who hacked through the rainforest and murdered or sold into slavery tribe after tribe of indigenous peoples. Largely responsible for the depopulation of vast tracts of land and thus for securing much of Brazil’s current domain for the Portuguese. Jesuit missionaries tried to protect the locals in their forts and missionary towns, so the bandeirantes murdered them all too, and the govt kicked the rest of the jesuits out for interfering with the officially sanctioned rape and pillage of a continent. The snack bar across the street is also named in honor of the bandeirante. Its interesting what people value here. ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo September 2nd 2005

Geez, people are nice here. Really frickin’ small town wave and nod and say good morning and give you the restroom key at the gas station before you ask and joke around with you when you bump into them on the sidewalk nice. In one of the biggest cities in the world. Amazing. How do they do it? Its especially interesting bc people in Rio are so markedly not nice... (i have a theory about that - i think it has to do with the way the cities are laid out.) ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo September 1st 2005

São Paolo: Social Observations Part I: The Museum. (NB this entry is long) Bruno’s anxiety over his VISA interview had been growing steadily over the month of August but reached its peak in São Paolo. He spent a lot of time staring off into the distance and even said at times that he wasn’t hungry (!!!!). Yes, a true rarity for the Brumaster. So what could we do to distract him? We went to a museum about São Paolo and Brazil in the nineteenth century. It’s housed in a building that was supposed to replicate the palace at Versailles, but they ran out of funds and instead ended up with an abbreviated version. The model that they had constructed, which took the two years initially allotted for the construction of the actual building, is on display ... read more

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South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo July 31st 2005

so i left off on thursday but didn't go into much detail about what had gone on that day specifically. i feel like i'm summarizing the last several days each time i write, but i don't write about the present. so here's the last couple days, again! i went to the GYAN office on thursday and met barbara and jefferson, two people who work there. barbara is my age and jefferson is a little older, i think mid-20s. they were telling me all about GYAN/TakingITGlobal TakingITGlobal and some of the projects and events they have sponsored/hosted. jefferson is also working on ICFC. then i got a brief analysis of brazilian political history from the dictatorship until now. basically, every time there's been a president, something happens and the second in command gains power. so now theres ... read more
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South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo July 28th 2005

I am really bad with keeping up with this journal. Although I havent gotten home until midnight the past three nights and had to get up around 7 so i guess its excusable, no? Lets see...Sao Paulo itself is huge, a bit overwhelming, but in a good way. Im not really sure how to describe it because there are so many different areas. one good thing about having to cruise around in taxis is that i get to see all these neighborhoods that i wouldnt otherwise see. like all these offices are in business-y areas, not touristy areas. there isnt really one ´touristy´area from what i can tell, although there arent many tourists here now so i guess im not sure. but i havent done anything touristy like museums just because ive been soo busy! portuguese ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo July 26th 2005

check out the photos on the previous entry. those from liberdade are from after-sushi tonight. liberdade is the japantown of sao paulo. its full of good japanese restaurants, homeless people, cops, and trash flooding into the streets. check out the moon - its a half moon but by half i mean the bottom half. weird. earlier today i got to meet laurent, the chef involved in botanique and also one of (if not THE) best chef in brazil. he is to brazilian cuisine what bobby flay is to american southwestern, except more, because he's the only chef in brazil that places value and refinement on traditional brazilian food and ingredients. and i get to read his cookbooks tomorrow!!!! more on that later. i think there was just a bombing in sao paulo. just kidding. some big ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo July 24th 2005

long entry made short - im exhausted. sao paulo is exhausting. i took the metro all over today and had fun walking around the paulista, where all the banks and shopping malls are. then i tried to go to the huge central park which i cant remember how to spell, got about halfway there and decided it was too difficult, so i took the bus up to praca da se, which is a piazza with a huge cathedral and a bunch of homeless people laying around, so then i jumped on the metro back to vila madalena, where joes house is, and walked back. so i'll write more also when im on my own computer. its charging right now. bye.... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo July 24th 2005

so: i'm going to see if the photos upload. finally. also note: i deleted previous entries since i inadvertently included some things that shouldn't be public information. and there's no way to limit my blog to only my subscribers (people on my email list). my bad. mom, i'm getting some sleep! hopefully the punto tim store will be open tomorrow so i can get a sim card. i want to see dollhouse when i come back, will it still be playing? will you send me an email about whats new at home? gotta go study my portugese.... read more
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