So on Tuesday after a lovely breakfast – here the breakfast is the most important meal in the day – and I loooooove breakfast! Hehe – we went into town and walked around the historical center.
It’s very peculiar here – it’s a mix of old and new buildings. The architechture is very special. The really nice thing is all the trees because they are high above the buildings and it really gives a beautiful touch to everything.
Right now there was the annual Book Fair – which is the biggest in the whole America. The whole main square was filled with stands with books for a quite cheap price as well. Lovely, which I could read Portuguese, haha. Apparently this state is the state where most people read, the average is 5 books per year per person! Quite good huh! I think this also contributes to that people here are so educated and polite.
We visited the market, then went along Rua de Praia, praza de alfândega and visited the Santanders Cultural house and saw some art. We also contributed to some art – the petrobras project for 60 years as a company, hehe.
Then we tried to hire bikes but there was a problem in the app. Instead we went to a vegetarian restaurant – Sabor Natural – and once again I was amazed. It was not only a vegetarian restaurant – but a buffet! They had everything!! And for 17 reailes (7 usd). :)
After eating way to much, we finally got our bikes and rolled away through the city and the coastline. It is 5 reales for a day (2 USD) and there are bicycle paths along the city.
The city is so organized. And clean. I see a lot of people working to clean the streets so it looks nice. The government is putting a lof of money into the city now too because of the world cup, they are going to have a few games here next year.
There are many constructions too – they are fixing the trains, the whole port Cais Mauá and two new stadiums for the teams here – Grêmio and Inter. And they are fixing the streets and the parks outside the stadiums too, but it’s not payed by the government but by a private company that is building the stadium. There is a law here that if you want to build something that is going to have a major impact in the city – then you have to do something for the city aswell – as fixing the surroundings. Good thinking!
We biked the whole coastline “Orla de guaia” that follows the Guaiba river and went to a museum “Fundacão Ibêre Camargo” and saw some more art.
After an Ice Coffee at another Press café we biked through another part of the city and visited Parque farroupilha, also called “Redencão”.
I really like it here. They are all kind of Brazilians here – the dark, the medium and the white ones (sounds weird to say it like this) but they all live in harmony and accept each other – I don’t see any racism at all! It’s such a good vibe here – people seem satisfied and happy.
We had one more gourmet coffee but at the oldest café in town, and then went back home.
Back home at night we ate some delicious food Carin had prepared; rice integral, black beans and boiled mandioca (a root) and to that Rafa made som huevos revueltos :)
And he also prepared dessert: Brigadeiro! A very typical Brazilian dessert, easy to make (condensated milk, chocolate powder and butter in the microwave). Tastes like the mix of brownies before they are in made the oven. Love it!!