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Porto Alegre

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  • Day98

    Süd-Brasilien

    May 7 in Brazil

    Eigentlich wollten wir weit in den Norden Brasiliens reisen um den Nationalpark "Chapada Diamantina" zu erwandern. Dann haben wir heraus gefunden, dass dieser wieder so ein teurer Nationalpark ist, wo nur geführte Touren angeboten und wegen Überfällen auf Touristen auch empfohlen werden - da hatten wir dann doch keine Lust mehr. Und nur wegen Rio und Sao Paulo 1000 km im Bus sitzen? Och nö! Wir haben uns also entschieden einigen in Buenos Aires erhaltenen Empfehlungen einer Brasilianerin für den Süden zu folgen und dann Richtung Westen (endlich wieder in die von Philipp ersehnten Berge) zu fahren.
    Mit dem Nachtbus ging es also nach Porto Alegre und in unsere zweite Couchsurfing-Unterkunft bei Gisele. Mit ihr waren wir auf dem Biowochenmarkt, in ihrer Lieblingsbäckerei, in einer Bar im Studentenviertel und sind mit den Fahrrädern zum Museum für moderne Kunst geradelt. Da habe ich erst gemerkt, dass ich das Radfahren vermisse - die Laune stieg um 150%.

    Von Porto Alegre aus haben wir dann noch vier Tage einen Mietwagen genommen und sind über Nuevo Hamburgo in die alpenähnlichen Örtchen Canela und Gramado gefahren, haben Wasserfälle und einen Wahnsinns-Canyon angeschaut und hatten auf einmal schon alle Empfehlungen abgearbeitet und noch zwei Tage mit dem Auto übrig. Also sind wir spontan an die brasilianische Küste gefahren, wo der Strand so schön sein soll. Geschlafen haben wir eh im Auto, wo es steht, sollte wurscht sein. Aber es wurde sogar besser als die Nächte davor! Wir haben wie so oft bisher unwissentlich die Nebensaison erwischt und hatten zwei Tage lang Parkplatz und Strand fast vollkommen für uns - herrlich! Die herumliegenden Autoscheiben auf dem Parkplatz waren uns allerdings nicht ganz geheuer und so gab es zu Gunsten der Autobewachung keinen gemeinsamen Strandspaziergang.
    Nach einer sehr entspannten Rückfahrt durch die herrlich grünen Hügel Südbrasiliens sind wir in den Nachtbus nach Foz do Iguaçu gehopst. Der Rest Brasiliens wird eine andere Reise.
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  • Day29

    porto alegre

    May 14, 2017 in Brazil

    Day three
    The conference.

    We were asked to be in the lobby of the hotel by 7:45 to get the mini bus to the conference venue. By 8:15 we were all herded on to it and we made the journey to the private university in about 20 minutes.
    The university was opposite a school and I was surprised to see a guard on the gates at the entrance to the school.
    Although it was technically the easter holiday the university was still thronged with students. We had been assigned a young man called Clairton to help us organise Paul's talk on the technical side. He explained that easter monday was not officially a holiday although Friday would be a public holiday.
    Paul was anxious to get to know how the technology was to be organised so we went into their palatial staff room and uploaded his talk onto a computer there.
    At the appointed time, everyone settled into the room and the conference began.
    Two hours of portuguese introduction and speeches without a working translation head-set was somewhat tedious, but as there was supposed to be a coffee break at 10:30 we stuck it out.
    As time went by it became clear that this interval was not going to happen.
    Finally after listening to a talk (in English) by Mike from Bristol, we snuck out to use the loo and find Clairton to get Paul's talk set up in the mission control at the back of the auditorium.
    Clairton reassured Paul as did the technicians there and we were first in the queue for a meal in the student canteen for lunch.
    It was noisy and full of people so we didn't linger. Paul was first on after lunch. He asked for the monitor to be moved on the stage as it was not in the right place to be seen by the speaker. He was due on at 2 pm.
    His talk was brilliant and well received, he appeared relaxed and in control, but the technology involved in the point and click mechanism for changing slides seemed to be sporadically faulty and it became clear as the day progressed that this would be an issue for all the speakers.
    After Paul, a Japanese Brazilian gave a talk about wild animals and pain, he was helping very elderly lions and other damaged creatures with nerve blocks and surgery.
    He spoke of animals having "souls" and was extremely dedicated to their recovery, such that he felt he had to intervene if at all possible which seemed to me to be debatable in some cases where the animal was nearly moribund with old age symptoms.
    After him was another Brazilian talking about the ethics of pain relief in farm animals or production animals as he liked to allude to them. This was interesting because in contrast to the previous speaker he had a pragmatic approach to the welfare of animals on the one hand and their commercial use on the other.
    After an interval with a one press coffee machine and some ropy biscuits as the only refreshment, there was a round table discussion with Professor Paul having many questions asked of him.
    I was amused by a young girl who had asked to have a photo taken with Professor Paul during the interval and was sure one of the questions was from her.
    The final speaker was a young man who was trying to sort out the stray dog population around a university campus nearby. We returned to the hotel by 7 pm. A long day and with no water for the delegates at all. The human welfare at the Animal welfare conference was decidedly lacking. We had a beer with a few of the speakers, and then had supper on our own and an early night.
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  • Day29

    Porto Alegre

    May 14, 2017 in Brazil

    Day 4 - second visit to Botanical Gardens.
    It was a beautiful dawn. We breakfasted and were in a taxi by eight.The taxi driver was Marcel - he was the product of an Italian father and German mother - not unusual in this part of Brazil as there is a huge immigrant population from both of these parts of Europe,
    He drove us to the botanical gardens while giving us his life story and his ambition to go to London to live later this year.
    We were dropped off and had a thoroughly lovely day with the birds, mostly on our own as the school party only ventured to the obvious places and there were some photography students on an assignment who were respectful of the place and of us..
    After a morning of quiet enjoyment and photography we went to the "snack bar" for lunch. We had some fish with rice and beans. Very tasty. When we went to pay for it, we were informed that it was the worker's canteen and therefore all free. Later we paid for an ice cream there as were feeling guilty.
    We whats apped Marcel when we were ready to be picked up and he brought us back to the hotel via a pharmacy for some face wipes. He took us back via his Dad's house and we met his Dad. He and his family (extended) all lived in what I took to be a very middle class area away from the favelas in the city and they all lived in the same street.
    We got back to the hotel and processed photos, later we dined with two other vets who didn't want to go to the gaucho restaurant tourist trap with the rest of the speakers.
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  • Day0

    In Porto Alegre

    April 15, 2017 in Brazil

    We were not allowed to walk unaccompanied due to the high crime rate, so were advised to take a taxi to the nearby park for a walk on our arrival.
    A market was set up along the road peripheral to the park. It was a few stalls selling mostly baskets, jewellery and pineapples. We were hungry, so lunched in the vegetarian equivalent of Greggs (£3 for two pasties filled with cheese and kale).
    In the park there were a few birds, a turtle and several stoned locals, one of whom seemed to be washing his smalls in the carp pond in the Japanese garden.
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