Today Rafa was taking me to the Serra of Gaucho. The gauchos are very proud of it and of being Gauchos too (argentina, uruguay and rio grande do sul are Gauchos) In my head, I was imaging me going to the mountains with horses and ranches, so it was a bit of a surprise to get to Gramado!
We started out by going to a place that has been serving ”continental breakfast” for over 100 years and is famous there. I went to the bathroom, and when I got back, the table was literally filled with breakfast stuff! I WAS LIKE: W000000T? I knew we were going to try local dishes, but I thought you ordered them apart, not that it was a whole package.
Hahaha. I was so damn surprised. I’ve never ever seen so much food!!! And it was not only the food on the table, but they also went around and served other sweets and meats, ice-cream, cakes, drinks and coffee…. Amazing. We ate all we could but still had so much left!
So after a couple of hours there we went downtown in Gramado… and wow there too. Gramado is an important tourist resort in the Serra and draw many visitors each years. Mostly Brazilians and mostly gauchos. The whole town was christmas decorated and the architecture of the whole town is inspired by the german enxaimel. When you build a house there, it’s obligatory to follow those mandatories to keep that style there. It was so weird, I felt I was like in the alps or something, just that the snow was missing! Haha.
Also the streets were filled with christmas music, at first I thought I had passed it came from the store we passed by, but no, it came from speakers underneath hanging flowers along the street. Nice touch!
The level of life there is very high and generally the people who lives there are very rich too. You don’t see any poor people there at all.
One thing that I loved about here is that the pedestrians have the right to cross the street before the cars, yes! The car stops waiting for you to cross…. Lovely!! didn’t believe that would be something I would miss, but I really have!!
We also visited ”Vila Natal”, which is a small ”village” in full preparation for christmas haha. So weird to see!
Later we went to the famous ”Lago Negro”, which is the most visited green area of Gramado. We took a pedal swan boat ride around the lake and enjoyed the good weather.
After that we went to the neighbourhood town Canela, where we visited the national park ”Parque do Caracol”. Beautiful landscape and waterfalls there!
When the park closed we went into town of Canela, which is very similar to Gremado. Both attracts many tourists every year, both in Christmas (they are known for making their own christmas decoration by recycled material by local residents) but mostly during winter (june,july) when its cold.
We visited the church in Canela and had a nice coffee in a coffee place nearby. Then we started our journey back.
Rafa showed me around the university-campus in Porto Alegre where he used to study and work, went home for a shower and then got into town to a pub called Pedrini in the Cidade Baixa neighborhood. We had good brazilian alcohol-free beers and ”pastels” (also typical here) filled with cheese and talked all night about everything.
We also visited a supermarket on the way – and they have eeeeeverything here!!! Fruits, coffee, chocolate… mmmmm Rafa made me by the napolitan chocolate and the coconut drink, very typical here in RS, which I had on my bus trip next day.
Soooo sad to leave Porto Alegre and Rafael and his family. It has truly been a pleasure!