Monday, July 13, 2009


We're in Brasília! Brasília is the capital of Brazil, and I've read a lot about how it was designed to be futuristic, and also to not need traffic lights. It was dark when we landed so we haven't seen the future-parts yet, but we can confirm that there are many roundabouts and clover-leaf exits from roads, and we only saw two traffic lights. Nobody at our hostel speaks English, so it's quite the adventure already. As we were leaving to find food, Ken asked one of the guys who works here if it was safe to walk around the neighbourhood. He looked at his watch (8 p.m.) and replied, "Yes, tomorrow." Hrm. We ventured out anyway and ate our fill of cheese-slathered meat (so much for our healthy Bahían diet) and are now safely ensconced in our room for the night.

While we're both less-than-enthusiastic about trading beach-cheese for city life, I'm glad we still have a few days left in Brazil. Happily, we've already found some new fruit at the grocery store! We also saw a discarded coconut with a straw sticking out of it, which is definitely a good sign.

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