Another bloody public holiday

Trip Start Feb 06, 2007
Trip End Jan 14, 2008

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday November 15th Belo Horizonte
If you want to avoid public holidays and strikes don't travel with the Bansemers, they attract them ! Today is Independence Day and all the museums and most of the shops are shut. We found the upmarket Central Market early and enjoyed a prowl as much as we like doing in our own Adelaide Central Market. Prices were similar but this one had lots of craft stalls, live cage birds and chooks, knives, torches and Christmas decorations.
We caught a bus to the zoo. We cannot resist a zoo, especially one said to be the best in South America. It certainly wasn't the best, but the animals had huge enclosures or decent sized cages. Walking from one to the other wore the feet off us, it was so big. There is also a bit of a botanic garden, but most was being renovated and Adelaide's Botanic Gardens beats this one hands down. Our zoo is better too, though we don't have elephants -  here there were 4. Did you know that elephants can run when they see food ? And climb over elephant-thigh-high walls ?
By now we suspected a public holiday. The zoo was chock-a-block with families, but it was not till we got back to town to visit a museum (closed) that we were sure. The cinema was only half open, showing 3 rubbish Hollywood movies in Portuguese. We went back to the park to see if there more interesting transvestites (there weren't) and Pete proved that he does having rowing skills in half an hour on the lake. It was only on our way back to the hotel that we spotted a beautiful scantily-dressed woman that wasn't. Blokes' shoulders and about 2 metres tall gave him/her away.
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