Minas Gerais, the Brazilian state where we live, has hundreds of caves. Three of them are open to the public as part of the Circuito das Grutas, the Cave Circuit. I’d read about them not long after we arrived in Belo Horizonte, but we’d never had a chance to visit. October will mark two years in Brazil for us, and we should be moving away by then, so I’ve been trying to make sure we get a chance to do all of the […]
The protests have continued in Belo Horizonte. Yesterday, a group of over 60,000 marched from the city center to the stadium where a Confederation Cup game was being held. Unfortunately, a small group caused trouble, breaking store windows, throwing rocks and firecrackers at police, and otherwise disrupting the peace. There were some pretty serious altercations between the police and protesters, resulting in injuries on both sides. That said, the demonstrations remain largely peaceful. We’ve seen two separate small protests go by our […]
I was out in the car this morning and stopped at a light next to this truck. It’s not actually covered in duct tape, but it IS covered in tape of some sort as well as some hard siding material, all painted black. I couldn’t tell how much of the work’s intent was aesthetics and how much was repairs, but my guess is it was a mix of the two. All in all, I was pretty impressed with the attention […]
There is something romantic about a mailbox. Traditional mail is so personal in a way that e-mail isn’t. The ritual of writing a note, sealing and addressing an envelope, and placing it in a box is inherently very satisfying. And receiving a personal letter is always an unexpected treat. The Brazilian postal service, Correios, is pretty reliable–with the exception of the fact that international letters and packages seem to take anywhere from 1 week to multiple months to arrive. More […]
I really wish this were a better picture, because it was a pretty remarkable scene. During a run to the ATM the other day, this is what I encountered at my bank. It was a protest related to an ongoing strike (there are a fair number of strikes here, so that was hardly unusual). What was unusual was the theatricality of it. It’s a little hard to see, so let me describe the scene. Those red curtains in front of […]
When a storm rolls into Belo Horizonte in the late afternoon, you can always see it coming from such a distance that it’s hard to ignore. I just took this, so we probably have 30 or 45 minutes until it starts. Blue skies are replaced slowly by grey ones until suddenly the heavens open up and everyone on the street scurries for cover. It’s predictable, but makes for great theater nonetheless.
This might be my favorite packaging ever! As you might have guessed, jacaré means alligator in Portuguese. You can be sure that I’m researching some new recipes for dinner next week. PS. You might have noticed that my blog has a new look to it. What do you think?
This week marked an important milestone (for World Cup lovers, at least)…we passed the “500 days to go” mark. That’s right–in just under 71 weeks, the long-awaited World Cup arrives in Brazil! Now, you might be thinking that it’s going to be hard to maintain excitement for 71 weeks. If you’re me, that might be true. But if you’re a Brazilian soccer fan, you’ve been in a state of giddy excitement for a lot longer than that already. The photo […]