Monday, June 13, 2011

Thanks, Maureen!

Maureen is very thoughtful. When she arrived, on her birthday, she brought me a present!



I find Brazilians to be entertainingly particular about temperature. Beer is for hot weather, while red wine is, exclusively, for cold weather--like soup and fondue. And slippers.
See, now, I'm a little more whimsical with my interpretations of hot/cold appropriateness. Red wine and slippers are every day pleasures, as far as I'm concerned.

Anyway, the delineation explains why, on my last, autumnal visit to Porto Alegre, my search for new Internacional slippers was unsuccessful. Maureen remembered. Hard-soled, pleathery, and totally grandpa-esque, this pair is as cool as can be! Thanks, Maureen!

I enjoyed showing Maureen some of my favorite haunts (Mercado Municipal, Casa Club, Praça Benedito Calixto, República, Sé, Vila Madalena) and crossing a few things off my To See list (like the monk-cakes at São Bento).

As usual, I learned a few things...


This is jaborandi. You can make shampoo or lotion with it. The oil is good for the skin (and hair, it would seem).


This is the way to start your day.


There is a phone booth (the lime green thing in the lower right corner) inside the cemetery. (Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters. duh.)


This interesting façade (just two blocks from my apartment--though I never noticed it), is actually a house of ill repute. We discovered this golden nugget late one evening when, as we drove past in a taxi, Maureen asked the driver what it was and he stuttered and stammered for a moment. "Como é que eu posso lhe dizer?" he meekly replied, before we all broke out in laughter: "aiii, já sabemos!"


I learned that, aside from being a super-chic mall with prices to match, you can bring your dog to Shopping Pátio Higienópolis. Everybody else is doing it.


I did not, however, figure out what Dried Jew's Mallow is.


Until, that is, I Googled it just now. Not only do I know, but now I've learned that Canadian Gary Barwin, like me, is a sucker for packaging.

Paulistinha