South America | Brazil | Southern Brazil – Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
I am in Santa Cruz do Sul, which is 2.5 hours from Porto Alegre, which is nineteen hours from Sao Paulo, which is six hours from Rio de Janeiro.
The bus ride was cool. I love long journeys and this definitely counts. The trip from Rio to Sao Paulo was nothing special. It takes six hours normally, but it took us nine because of traffic and I don’t know what-all. Because it’s Brasil, natch! The countryside of the state of Sao Paulo is spectacular. Lots of red rock and just oh, so many trees!
By the time we left SP it was dark, so I canot tell you what the country side looks like from SP through Curitiba down to Florianopolis or so.
OH MY the south is the most beautiful countryside I have EVER seen. I can see why tons of Europeans moved here; it seems very Swiss mountain range. Not that I have been to Switzerland. But still. Lakes and little rivers, and so many many trees. The region through which we drove is immaculate. Almost completely unspoiled, just miles and miles of bright blue sky and green hills and clear lakes.
You know what it is? It’s verdant. Also bucolic. It is greener than North Carolina, which to me is the guidebook for when Green has an ID crisis. I am a bit punchy from the journey still, so forgive my sloppy puns.
Santa Cruz is amazing. It’s ridiculous. It is so very clean and beautiful. Cobblestone streets, little blond kinders running around. It is very wealthy, I’m told, and I believe it.
IT IS SO COLD!!! That is what I get for travelling to the Southern Hemisphere in the coldest winter months…
The school is beautiful. It was built by the director’s grandfather. It big big big, with a huge garden in the back where we can have classes when it stops being so darn freezing… Ricardo (the director) picked me up from the rodoviaria (bus station) and brought me to the school. Then we went to my sweet apartment. Very nice. Well appointed. I’ve been living in nothing but luxury since I got to Brasil. It’s a total trip. 🙂 Then Takako (Ricardo’s wife) came by and took me shopping. I feel very taken care of.
Now I am going to have lunch with some of the other teachers, then have an orientation and I might teach a class as soon as this evening.
I might need a nap too. 🙂
Yee haw! Viva!