First things first – tried Brigadeiro! It’s like chocolate pudding on crack – it’s so good, and I know how to make it (I think). Double boil melt chocolate, add condensed milk and butter. And voila – you have created the most fattening thing I have so far eaten in Brazil (I was told it’s 170 calories per spoonful).
Today I did all the last site-seeing things:
Botanical Gardens Emílio Goeldi:
This is a palm tree that actually walks – it’s roots are above ground and the position of the tree shifts to get better light, stand back up if knocked over etc.
Just cause, biggest one’s yet!!!
In Brazil, the fence is more of a suggestion…
Belém “Zoo” – saw like three animals…
Unbelievable, everywhere you go…says “Garden on Hope” planted for the holiday, Tu Bishvat, or ‘Festival of the Trees’.
Old Prison converted into Geology Museum (why?)
I brought to Brazil Martin Gilbert’s Israel: A History to read in my spare time, but lo and behold, my host mom works partially on water resources in the Golan (she is a Civil Engineer Professor at the Federal University of Pará), and she is fascinated by the topic of Israel. She has been reading my copy – but to show my appreciation for everything the family has given me, I managed to find the book in Portuguese. She said she will use the texts in her classes – yeah, I made an inadvertent difference! She asked me to write a little note on the inside, so I wrote:
To my Brazilian mom…you showed me your people, now here are my people. Am Yisrael Chai! (I wrote it in Hebrew though, forgot my Hebrew keyboard in NY – means Viva Israel)
It’s just overwhelming to me how life goes on, no matter what – as though nothing makes a difference. One of my favorite Brazilian singers is Vanessa da Mata – I feel like her song Boa Sorte was written for me…http://letras.mus.br/vanessa-da-mata/978899/
PS: Last night Palmeiras soccer team won – you would not believe how nuts people are about soccer here. The city shut down for the rest of the nigh there was so much celebration – and the team is from São Paulo. I went to some of the festivities*, I was actually scarred. I have never seen people acting that nuts. Oyoyoy…