Trip Start Mar 16, 2010
5Trip End Apr 14, 2010
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Goias Velho. Yesterday evening in Pirenopolis I met a young man named Wender, who came to my aid as I was struggling to interpret a restaurant menu. He works at the local university and speaks quite good English, and we ended up having dinner together. Later we joined a few of his friends who were hanging out in the plaza beside the main church with a guitar. I didn’t get far with their Brasilian songs so I tried to teach them “Sweet Caroline”, but didn’t do a very good job. We did manage a good chorus of “knock knock knocking on heaven’s door” though.
Today I got a bus to Goiania and then Goias Velho, about six hours in total. GV used to be the state capital until it was moved to Goiania sometime in the first half of the 20th century, after which it languished and still seems frozen in that era: all cobble-stone streets and single-storey colonial buildings, some of which are well-preserved. It’s a sleepy little town with not much activity, a slow river running through the centre, a couple of small museums and not many visitors. I go for a long hike in the surrounding hills to the Cachoeira das Andhorinias (Swallow Waterfall) which doesn’t have much water and no apparent swallows, but is pretty none the less. It’s warm and muggy so a dip in one of the pools refreshes me before the hike back to town under a hot sun. There are very few restaurants in GV so I end up eating pizza and salad at the same place on both my evenings there.