Belo Horizonte: first stop on the way to FSM

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Minas Gerais,
Monday, January 19, 2009

Got to get to Brasilia to catch my flight to Belém for the World Social Forum, and since I've got time (lacking work) I decided to break up this 19 hour trip in two (which turns out to be $R3 cheaper than getting the direct coach, funnily enough) and stop for two days in Belo Horizonte, the city of beautiful horizon.

I visited Pamplulha, the mirante of Mangabeiras, a little mountain village called Macacus and walked all over the city centre.

Then I went to Central Market, and it made me want to move to BH just so I could shop there every week.

It is a huge indoor market and there you can find everything you could imagine, and I do mean EVERYTHING.

I found there: licour, cosmetics, car oil and other products, pets, piggy banks, candles, fantasias (carnival costumes) and belly dancing costumes, herbal medicine, pots, pans and other kitchen utensils, musical instruments, artesania, disecated cow heads, hammocks, jewlery, toys, flowers, food staples and delicatessen, candy, tourist packages, electric appliances, the unavoidable havaianas and about a thousand other things I've forgotten about.

A true feast of the senses, colourful and very smelly, I adored everything with the exception of live beings on sale.
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