It's Election Day (Round Two). It has been a heated and contentious race so, frankly, I'll be glad to see the day pass. With it, there will not only be a new President, but there will also be far fewer demonstrations clogging the streets (well, more like "normal" for a South American nation). And quirky campaign stickers such as this one for the ex-boxer Maguila (who was disqualified from running in the election after all, for failure to present his criminal record to the Election Board) won't be littering the corporate corridors at lunchtime.
Forget Maguila, though. An even worse embarrassment to the country was the election of Tiririca, whose campaigning must have looked something like this:
On another topic, as much as I loathed seeing the odd Starbucks around São Paulo a few years ago, I confess that now I am extremely thankful. It's the only place I can satisfy my urge for a giant, iced coffee. It's also a nice (safe) place to bring my laptop and work somewhere other than my bedroom. I'm not the only one who appreciates them now--they are everywhere now, nearly as prevalent as in Chicago. The mall near my house has two. And they always have a creative new way to spell my name.
I would wager that 90% of the t-shirts manufactured in Brazil that incorporate English (very chic, you know) contain more than one spelling and/or grammatical error. However, this one was so bad that I had to buy it. I figure I can use it as a teaching tool.
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There's a little lancheria around the corner. A real mom'n pop kinda place that serves sandwiches and omelets in an unassuming corner shop. Amusing, I thought, that they missed the point of lining up clocks on the wall to show the hour in some of the world's most fashionable cities.
One more for the running series on little-things-made-big: a gigantic Tic Tac dispenser, filled with (probably) millions of cereja and maracujá candies!
In case you're curious what the Yuppie's are noshing these days, the chain restaurant América serves a salad of watercress, cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and fresh mushrooms in a lime and caper dressing.