Oi! I write to you from a gym. Yes a gym. Its a fancy gym inside my building and after much debate I decided to join because daylight hours are unfortunately scarce since its winter in Brazil (i.e. 80 degrees). And yes this gym has internet access, and techno music pulsing through the studio. There´s something about Brazilians and techno and computers. ;).
We arrived from Paratay today and it was one of those trips that can change you. Mystic Soul you would be interested to know that the trip has helped me learn that there probably is no such as a coincidence.
Someone commented that I should be comissioned by the tourism board and it made me reflect on my writings. Most of it describes the stunning beauty and color and life of the city but my course work deals with studying the issues in Brazil legal and otherwise. Through it we are learning a lot and I get to see and visit a lot more than what a tourist would ordinarly come to see on a week or so in Rio. I am hoping tomorrow I can sit down and write about Paratay first and then next time I write, write about some of the other things that exist here in Rio that we are learning and that is saddening such as the racism that no one acknowledges, extreme poverty and favelas (slums) teetering over hilltops where millions of Brazilians live, sanitation issues etc. I wanted to write about this after our visit to the favela on Tuesday (I think) but I did want to point out that its not all paradise here though for a visitor staying strictly above the surface, God´s natural beauty is present in all its stunning glory and one can´t help but be moved despite the destitution and desperation that surrounds it.