Visiting a very good Friend

Trip Start Aug 25, 2005
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Sunday, November 27, 2005

The greatest three Weeks

When I have been in Ouro Preto and this is located in a mountain area, it started raining all the time, all day. And because the university there was on a stike for allready 3 month and all my friends left the city, I was really a kind of depressed.

So a great friend from Campinas told me that I could visit him in Campinas, an one million city near Sao Paulo, for the last three weeks I have in Brasil.
Mhmm what to do, if I would imagine that i would ask my family if a friend could stay in my house for three weeks, I guess my parents would say "NO", but in Brasil.. They are really nice and they had no problems at all with that point.

So I take the bus from Ouro Preto at 6 pm and at first I went to Belo Horizonte (for 15 Reais = 5 €), because from there the busses to Campinas are much safer and better than from Ouro Preto. So and in Belo Horizonte I took the night bus with which I will travel around 9 hours.
When I arrived there at 5 am I called my friend and told him "please catch me up from the bus station :) " I was a bit nervous, because I wouldn`t know what to do, if he wouldn´t come and I had all my lugage with me, I mean the whole lugage.
But no problem, he came and we drove by car to his flat.

It is a great flat in the 9th estage of one big house in Paraiso. I am allways impressed how much security they have. When you are coming by car, you open you garage and there are a lot of cameras, and then if you take the elevator you have to use your keys to open it.

At this time his parents are still sleeping and he just showed me his flat and my room. So that i got the chance to sleep some more hours.

In the next weeks, I visited the most parts of the city, inclusive the shopping malls and cinemas. There are a lot of parks and they are quite nice, in some are also animals, monkeys, Tucans and so on.
I like the city and this city is much much better than Belo Horizonte. I mean the center is also dirty and full of these small cheap shops which is like a bazar. I don`t wnat to know where the sellers got all the stuff ;)

One day we also went to Sao Paulo. It is a really huge city with 17 million people and a lot of smog and waste. It isnt really a beautiful city, but it is full of different cultures. There are german, italian, chinese parts of the city. And in the center you can find also a lot of nice parks, bildings, like the opera house or the famous university of lawers. Only the best students can study there. It was really interesting to see this metropole.

I like my hostfamily in Campinas a lot and it was sooo difficult to leave them and the country on the 18th of december. I took the bus to Sao Paulo Airport and it is really esay to find the right way. My friend Juliano was joining me there. He is by the way coming to Germany this year in the summer. I am really curious!

Bye Bye Brasil
and I guess I will see it again ;)

Thanks for reading amd joining me during the longest and farest travel in my life!!
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