365 Photo Project – Week 17

I spend a lot of my time walking while I explore Jundiai. It’s a very walkable city, with (mostly) decent sidewalks, a lot of tall buildings for reference, and a downtown area that was laid out in a grid system. So far I’ve only gotten lost once, and even then I still had a good idea of where I was.

Through the Jundiai Plaza

Through the Plaza

 

It’s a medium large city, with a population of about 400,000 people, and became a municipality in 1655, three hundred fifty eight years ago. Three hundred fifty eight years! It’s easy to forget that Brazil is a fairly old country because there are so few remaining original buildings. Unlike the UK, where there are so many visible signs of their thousand year old history, Brazil’s climate has swallowed nearly all of it.

Through Demolition

Through the Broken Glass

 

It seems that this is also a culture which doesn’t spend a lot of energy preserving or restoring their physical heritage either. When buildings get old, they’re torn down and replaced. We do have a few churches and a nice museum nearby which have been beautifully maintained, but they seem to be the exception to the rule.

I’ve loved walking all the side streets, seeing the way the homes, restaurants, gyms and other businesses are all scattered together on every street.

Through the Razor Wire

Through the Razor Wire

 

I’ve also enjoyed finding a few familiar comforts of home. I was excited to see my favorite Chai Latte on the menu at the shopping center! It’s a rare treat, and Brian and I decided to indulge yesterday while we waited to see a movie upstairs. Sadly, they were out of chai mix, so an iced mocha would have to do.

Through Coffee

Through Way Too Much Sugar and Caffeine

 

After changing the way I eat for the past month (I’ve gone about 95% paleo) it felt so incredibly indulgent and horribly naughty to have so much chocolate, cream and sugar all in one go! It certainly kept me awake during the movie. Not that I needed help with that, Iron Man 3 kept me on the edge of my seat. Another great movie, and another reason to keep liking Robert Downey Jr. (Like anybody needs more reasons? The man is… Well, you know.)

So where have you been this week? What is the “oldest” thing you’ve seen? Did you “indulge” in anything good?

Add your link to your favorite photo of the week below. I’d really love to see what you’ve been up to.

Make sure you visit the other links and leave a nice comment. This linkup works best if everyone shares!

 

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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8 Responses to 365 Photo Project – Week 17

  1. Red Rose Mummy
    Twitter: RedRoseMummy
    April 30, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    I’m loving the peek into your new life in Brazil that the photos are offering. I love the Razor Wire shot this week.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      May 6, 2013 at 4:52 am #

      Glad you’re enjoying it! I’m really having fun taking photos of the differences. :)

  2. Andrew Francis April 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Brazil does have listed buildings (“tombados” – I know, the name suggests otherwise) but they are the exception, not the rule. In general, people don’t mind getting rid of the old and replace it with something better (hopefully, well, newer anyway).

    The UK is the opposite. So many things are listed and protected, and even if they weren’t, the planning laws and processes are heavily in favor of keeping houses and buildings looking the way they are (on the outside at least).

    As usual, I find myself wishing Brazil was a bit more like the UK, and the UK a bit more like Brazil. :)

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      May 6, 2013 at 4:50 am #

      In some ways they have a lot to learn from each other, but in other ways I’m glad they’re so different. There is value in both!

  3. Michelle May 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Wow, barb wire never looked so beautiful! I’m glad I found you, your blog and photos are very inspiring! :) Michelle
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      May 6, 2013 at 4:51 am #

      Thanks Michelle, I’m glad you found us too!

  4. TheBoyandMe May 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Oh wow, that top photo is amazing, it looks like a jungle until you pan further down and see the pathway. I’m going to love seeing your photographs of the city, are you not uploading them to Instagram anymore? Sorry I didn’t link up this week, chasing my tail at the moment.

    Thanks for linking up to 365.

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      May 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Thank you!
      We had a very last minute trip to the States and I haven’t been able to keep any kind of internet or blog schedule so I’m skipping this weeks linkup. I’ll catch up on Sunday this weekend!
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