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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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