Sunday, 28 September 2014

Rua Santa Ifigenia, the gadget paradise of Sao Paulo

As I continued to roam the commercial area of downtown Sao paulo, I arrived at my destination, which was the Rua Santa Ifigenia a place that you must and will know if you want to buy something related with computers,audio,electricity or whatever you need, they will always send you to Santa Ifigenia.

Besides there being very colourfully painted shops in a city that primes for its grey buildings, you will find all types of Chinese knock off gadgets or legit parts for any electronic or electrical device.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

From the Past - Puebla - Mexico

How bout some photos of the city of Puebla in Mexico. see the Pdf here

The Bikes at the rua Gral. Osorio in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo can be your average industrial over populated city, a place where you only go if you need to. Now being there, there are some places where u can find nice photo opportunities. I had to go downtown to fetch some lighting components, and in passing we encountered the Gral. Osorio Street, where apparently you can get any motorcycle part or gear that is to be found in Brazil,
There´s plenty of shops with shady looking characters, one of those places that you should´nt go alone or flashing your camera around.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Our Lady of he Rosary of Fatima Church in Coitia, Sao Paulo

As I have already mentioned on a previous post, there´s a beautiful Gothic church that is being built in Coitia, Sao Paulo. The church of the Rosary of Our Lady of Fatima, that belongs to the catholic  congregation of the Heralds of the Gospel. I had the pleasure of covering the first mass of one of their newly ordained priests.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

From the Past - Colours of Mexico city

A selection of colourful places and peoples from Mexico City, see the PDF

The stainglass window factory

Arriving in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I had the chance to visit a stain glass window manufacturer, located in the outskirts of the city. There they make all the windows for several churches that are being built in the Sao Paulo area by the Heralds of the Gospel. These windows are all custom made using hand tools, using american and german colored glass.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

From Montevideo to Sao Paulo by Land - The feijoada

Feijoada is a stew of beans with beef and pork, typically cooked in Brazil and considered a national dish, and served in lieu of a barbeque, when many people gather for a meal. It´s generally served with rice, mandioca Flour prepared as a dish called "Farofa", orange slices and Couve (Collard in English) which is a bitter green type of cabbage. The etiquette demands that you down a shot glass of Caipirinha (sugar cane eau de vie with lemon juice) to prepare the stomach for extra digestive action.      

Legend has it that the dish was invented by the slaves of the colonial era, and was made with the left over parts of pigs and cows. The stew contains pigs hoofs, ears and tails, most of the time boiled beyond recognition.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

From the Past - Colonial churches in Mexico City

Some photos from a report bout churches in Mexico City. See the pdf here

By Land from Montevideo to Sao Paulo - The Beer Garden

On the main access to the city of Joinville, S.C. you bump into an old windmill turned into beer garden. there you can sample the local beer "Opa", that is quite good for Brazilian standards. I was told that in summer time the city is quite hot and humid, so I´m sure that its packed full during the summer season.

By Land from Montevideo to Sao Paulo - The City of Joinville

The city of Joinville in the Southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, named after the Prince of Joinville in France, is a picturesque city colonised by Germans in the 19th century, that arrived there lured by a German colonising society, which promised them land in an area with German like weather, this second item being a hoax. Upon arriving the settlers promptly installed industry and built beautiful German style homes, which can still be seen in the downtown area.

Today the city has expanded enormously and is one of the fastest growing regions in Brazil, housing many huge industries like whirlpool and Randon.
Besides that, you can still buy good beer and German pastries among other European delicacies.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

From the past - Mexico city, Centro Histórico

See the Pdf with photos from Mexico City´s Centro Histórico

By Land from Montevideo to Sao Paulo - The Lanchonette

This time I decided to go from Mvd to Sao by land driving all along the Uruguayan and southern Brazilian coastline. I crossed the border into Brazil via the town of Chui, which is shared half and half in between both countries. I was really amazed at how Brazil has become a full fledged industrialised country. Immediately upon entering you fall into ample three or four lane highways and are dwarfed by hundreds of semis, that haul goods back and forth. But one thing that got me is that upon stopping for fuel and snacks at a gas station with " Lanchonete" (a Brazilian word derived from "Lanche", which means snack) and wanting a glass of fresh juice, something that in the past you could buy anywhere, they only had OJ, from some pale looking oranges that looked like they came out of a factory.
That´s progress for you.