My last holidays
‘Olá’ Amy, BBC LE team and all the friends around the World,
My beloved readers,I feel so close to you all while blogging that it’s like I am having an intensive english course surrounded by many classmates from different backgrounds. So while Amy has a deserved rest, I’m going to write just a little bit more. When the cat is away, the mice will play. So let’s gossip ‘til Tuesday!
Please don’t worry Amy, there is no need to reply. I know you will be here on Tuesday but I just don’t want to miss out on all the opportunities to practice my writing here. I want to make hay while the sun shines.
Thanks Amy for sharing those pictures, by the way beautiful pictures, with us. I’ve noticed you’ve brought the religion issue up today. And just because you’ve told me about your holidays in Goa, I’d like to talk about my last holiday in July.
I had planned visiting Argentina and Chile, then slipping away to the South of Brazil and finally knowing São Paulo for the first time (it’s a shame I‘ve never been there) and depending on the situation of the air traffic crisis perhaps I would have gone to Pará to see the Amazon rainforest and to visit a friend there.
Firstly I was not finding tickets for Argentina and Chile ( too many people were going there in July). Then, a soft voice was telling me not to go: “Don’t go! Don’t go!”
After a short trip ‘by car’ to Domingos Martins city, at the last moment, I’ve changed my plans to take a long trip ‘by bus’ to the historical cities ( Ouro Preto, Mariana and Tiradentes) in Minas Gerais state.
Domingos Martins is a bucolic city in the hills one hour by car from here. I love this place although it’s very cold sometimes, especially at night. Every holiday I am there. I like to visit the museum there and find out incredible stories about the people from Germany who founded the city in 1847. Simple and poor people who has sold all their belongings believing in a new wonderful life here. So they spent 70 days in their travel and here they had to cope with the difficulties in a complete wild place. So they followed the banks of the Jucu river and settled down in a place with proper conditions for them ( the climate)in the hills.
We have a profound respect for the immigrants here especially because they have done a good job here. The city settled by them is a wonderful city friendly in harmony with the environment.
When I visit the museum, I feel a lot of emotion, especially when I see a small bed of a german child with her doll. There are funny things like a strange cup with a mustache-protecting device ( I’ve created this word, friends, ha ha, we have to wait for Amy to say if it’s possible). Well, I’d better show the pictures to tell the story by themselves.
I love museums. I like to know about the history of everything but to be honest, what I like most there are the forest, waterfalls, animals, walk on the stones in the middle of the river and going water rafting.
There are good hotels there. We can see from time to time, people from Canadá, USA, Australia and England. They come in group arriving in a big truck ( I don’t know the name) and stay in the camping area. They are very smart putting their tents up and making their own meal. They seem to be amazed with everything carrying their binocles and cams. It’s also common to see French but they never stay together with the others, I don’t know why.
I stayed at this quiet hotel to rest . Unfortunately at that time it was not quiet at all. There was a big party, a rave ( you can see how the rave is in the yesterday’s blog, there is a link) playing all sort of eletronic music for 24 hours. I couldn’t sleep and I’m listening the sound until today. The aim of this party was to atract young people to think about the ecology creating a good atmosphere and relationship between the environment and them. But I think the music was too loud that perhaps the all the animals might have disappeared from there after that party.
My unique option was to take the long trip ‘by bus’ to Minas Gerais. I’ve had a great time there, visiting museums and churches dotted around the cities. I’ll show some pictures. The only bad thing was the news about the accident with the airplane in São Paulo. And what if I was there?
Good night, take care, until tomorrow
1- contrast: when two things are completely different;
2- having said that: concluding or as mentioned;
3- a long weekend: a weelend with a holiday;
4- an eye-opener: something that broaden the horizons;
5- dotted around: localized in many parts around;
6- a congragation: a group of persons with the same religion;
7- to grow on someone: when someone likes gradually something;
8- to pine: to wish or miss or to want;
9- mouth watering: something that looks delicious so that the salivary glands produce saliva.
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