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Porto Alegre is the largest sprawling city in the southernmost Brazilian state, Rio Grande do Sul (a state that used to have strong nationalist tendencies of its own, but that was probably before they discovered all the weed). It's built on the side of a massive body of water that they can't decide is a river or a lake (did I mention the weed?), but it flows into the sea so I'm pretty sure it's a river.
We stayed ...
... journey. We were picked up at the bus station by Carolina, an old friend from London who we used to live with years ago. Her boyfriend Guilherme was the one with the 5-a-side football game in the evening, and he offered me the chance to play. (Guilherme corresponds to William in English, so Gen has taken to calling him Big Will, much to his own entertainment and Carolina's frustration.)
The game was at 10pm (you can play up to 2am!) and I have to admit I ...
... after implementing the program, the percentage of the city covered with proper sewer connections rose from 75% to 98%. Hence we went to talk to the secretary of the town hall and learnt a lot more about this program. The following day, the international relations office of the town hall offered to show us around an a housing project that was created through this participatory budget system.
... were still two long trails open. This meant we weren't as disappointed as we might have been, and, besides, we had had our fill of waterfall-soaking the day before; so we set off into the park, looking forward to seeing the falls from a different perspective. A short train ride took us to the head of the two trails, and we started with the lower one, the Paseo Inferior. The path was magical and could not have been more different from the Brazilian side: we passed over and under ...
... I unanimously agreed on who the most faithful followers were. These three (you already know who you are) were never too busy to comment or share a kind word. These three commented at least once on EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 27 ENTRIES IN OUR BLOG. A super duper huge big thank you to my Mamma, sister in law Eliane and Father in law Ernani. You have no idea how much your support helped us through the tough times.
To all of you who took a minute out of your lives ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet