Curi Palace Hotel
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... into the population. The discriminator here is economic no matter what color you are. The economies of all the South American countries are either boom or bust, but they keep working on it. Brazil has manufacturing plants of most of the car makers around the world, airplanes too. They have oil but are trying out alternative means of power and being fairly successful-ethanol from corn, wind power, etc.
Now, enjoy the pictures of the ship.
... mural with my name on it.
We also managed to find the small historic cathedral, which I had to photograph discretely as it was "occupied." Charming, and a good reflection of the town's heart.
And, finally, on our way out of the port, we saw the lovely local beach -- where people actually drive almost up to the water line!
I think it would be fitting not to write much in this entry. The pictures and the video should do the job pretty well.
I travelled about 300km south to Pelotas, a is a student city, which I happened to visit on a "carnival" weekend. There was a big show with some of the big Brazilian pop stars on the Saturday, so of course the party began on Thursday night already.
The Thursday night party was a big ...
... hair and beautiful black eyes. The pure descendants of the Africans prefer to be called Negros, instead of black or coloured, since they are proud of their heritage. Rio Grande only has 5% Negros, but the proportion increases as you head North so that by the time you are at the top of Brazil it is 95% Negros. There were local dancers as we got off the ship with lots of young kids singing with their parents and ...
In Caxias I spent most of my time with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and eating plenty of comfort food.
In Santo Antonio da Patrulha I stayed at my godfather's place with his wife and stepdaughter; we went for dinner at my friend Manuela at her family's place.
In Pelotas we arrived in time for ...