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Sunday, 18 January 2009

2nd Challenge

Hi everyone!

I want to start telling to teacher Helen that your challenges are one of the best things writing this blog. It had forced me to review some themes in grammar (the case of the first challenge), some tips about how to write better, and how to use the expressions that you write in your texts. Thank you, Helen!

Now let me go back to work!

Teacher Helen proposed a new challenge. She wants that I write about a trip using the same expressions she used in her post last Friday on Teacher blog (see the “Teacher Blog” clicking in the link on right). I will tell you about a trip that I did to Camocim early last December. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera. So, I did not take any picture.

One day I received a phone call. It was a client inviting me for a meeting in Camocim, a city 347 km far from Fortaleza . He was thinkin about construct a new hotel in the city and he thought that, maybe, I could help him to take the decision (as I told you before, I work as independent consultant). When he talked about the project and asked if I could go, I thought with myself: “I will head off to this city!”. And I said to him “Yes! Sure! I will be there tomorrow”. Then I called for a hotel in Camocim and I made a reservation.

I took the bus to Camocim the next day. It was a Friday. In the same day at night I was in the that city (the meeting was Saturday morning). From the bus station I went to the hotel immediately. When I came there, I had an unpleasant surprise. They did not have any room. The receptionist confirmed my reservation. He saw in the registries that I called the day before. But they did not had any room for me. This was not a boded well.

I asked the receptionist if I could talk to the manager. The manager came and explained the problem - they had more reserves than rooms . The manager said that he would send me to another hotel, hassle-free and with no extra expenses. Then he called for a taxi and I went to the other hotel.

Few minutes later, the taxi-driver left me in the new hotel. The first hotel was pretty decent. But the other hotel (the one that I stayed) was amazing!

After the check-in I went to the bedroom and I took a shower. After it I went to the window and saw the stars in the sky… What a beautiful night! And what wonderful city!!!

I was almost forgotten that I was hungry! I decided to ask for something to eat in the room. I looked for something in the menu. There was a wide selection of pastas, fishes, steaks, sandwiches… I wanted something that came quickly, but I was not sure what choose. I was so hungry! So I ordered a sandwich - the biggest. When I started to eat the sandwich thought with myself: “bang on target"! The sandwich was quite tasty! It was everything that I needed. When I was firmly ensconced in the bed, I called Renata (my girlfriend). We talked for a few minutes. Then I slept.

Saturday morning I woke up at 5 p.m. because I forgot the curtains opened the night before and the sun rises early there. I went at the window and I stayed there for half-an-hour. To help stay alert, I took another shower. Then I had the breakfast.

It was 8 a.m when I closed the account and I went out to walk around to see the people there, the things… It was incredible!

At 9 a.m. the meeting started. We discussed about plans, projects and other things. And at 11:30 a.m. I was taking the bus went back to home. But the images and the smell of that city still on my mind. I hope to go back there soon!

Here is some links to see pictures of Camocim:

See you!


Hi Marcos. Reading your blog, I felt the heat coming from the tropics touching my face. Camocim seems to me somewhat cosy. I've seen the pictures and the links you've posted here. I particularly liked very much to read the text in the second one. So romantic and lyrical. I'm surprised to know that the British culture has met our culture to some degree one day somewhere in Brazil. Marcos, could you please allow me to send a comment to James? James, after reading the December blogs today, I'm feeling very guilty because you had asked a question to me in one of your blogs. Well...I confess...the fact is that I couldn't read all the blogs. December wasn't a good month for me...too much work and I was moving and to worsen the situation, after moving, I struggled to have an internet connection in the villa. So, just today, I could see all your blogs, my blogger mates, including you, James. So, in answer to your question, I suggest you to brush and floss your teeth every time you eat anything, especially if it is sweety and sticky. By the way, Cris is absolutely right. If you want I can comment to you on facebook about oral hygiene. James, you made me burst into laughs here when I read about the cousing- cousine incident in one of your blogs. The English language can be tricky sometimes, isn't it? Kisses Adriana

Hi Marcos, The pictures of Camocim are really beautiful. Is it still in CearĂ¡? It seems to be a tourist city. Very beautiful indeed. There are so many beautiful places there at the northeast of Brazil. I hope I can visit them some day. The furthest to the north I've ever gone was to Salvador, Bahia. I went there last year in January. But it was only a little taste of what the Northeast must be like. By the way you did a nice job on the challenge. I guess teacher Helen will be very pleased with you. Best wishes from the south, Mauricio.

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