I didn't hit a cow today.
Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
159Trip End Jun 23, 2010
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The next day he came hurrying back from the bikes swinging a bright blue T shirt over his head
Des finds it’s very enjoyable riding around the countryside here in Brazil, you see some pleasant sights, brightly coloured chickens running across the road, large fields of tobacco and corn in various stages of maturity. Some of the yellowed tobacco leaves have been harvested and stand upside down in conical shapes in the fields. Local people sit on their porches drinking mate (chimarrao). The big BMW always turns heads, and people smile and wave. Des wishes he had a dollar for everyone who has sat on the bike and had their picture taken.
We were invited out for another meal with Flor and her family and her employer Luis. The dinner was held in a huge ex cow shed, modified to allow for functions. It was fascinating, more like a museum that a function venue, but all set up for entertainment. The idea is to hire the venue and cook there yourselves. Luis did a great job of cooking, naturally Des helped stir the pot from time to time.
A young guy named Alessandro came along for an hour to speak English with the Aussies. It was a pity he had to leave early, as it is such a help to have a translator
As the evening progressed, so did the procession of bugs and insects. But, all credit to Mary, she’d brought along a tennis racquet which was charged in the power point and ‘served’ as a bug zapper. She would have done Lleyton Hewett proud and the crackle and sparks of bugs being zapped by the racquet was impressive. Des had a good look at it and wanted to import some into Australia.
Just like last time, Flor’s Mum Maria was having a ball. It’s lovely of Flor to take her elderly mother to these functions. Flor is an only child and I haven’t seen a father in the picture. Flor and her Mum are very close. Flor is a fairly ‘out there’ girl and knows how to have a good time. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree either.
Meals start pretty late here and it’s not unusual to begin preparing food after 9pm. We’re usually famished by that time. Off course this means a late finish and late to bed, not that it matters, as we have no agenda for the next day
Frederico Westphalen has been installing its Christmas decorations for the last 2 weeks and is still busy with it. We have huge angels down the main street, which we have been watching be installed. They came in 4 parts on 4 different days and stand about 6 meters tall, and they are on every light pole down the centre of the street. Our room at the Palace Hotel, is on the third floor overlooking the centre of town and the main street. There’s a lovely nativity scene that the kids can walk through in the park. Baby Jesus is not in the manger yet, however, because he has not been born yet! We often go for a stroll in the evening with the Frederico Westphalen community to enjoy the ambiance of the warm nights. There is a special atmosphere about this place which is relaxed and peaceful. The city is graffiti free and we haven’t experienced any anti social behavior.
Pedro Locatelli has taken some beautiful pictures of Frederico Westphalen with the Christmas arrangements in place, which I will include on this travel pod.