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A nation of extremes

world cup ribbons

Every road I walk down either has ribbons over my head or paint underfoot. No one talks of anything else. If there’s a television, there’s a crowd. Yes, world cup has arrived again. I tend to try and ignore it, aside from appreciating the effort that has gone into painting and beribboning roads, but tonight…

I just read a news article:

Aguenta, coração!

Cardiologistas fãs de futebol dão dicas para você segurar a emoção durante os jogos da Copa.

Cardiologists are warning fans not to overexert themselves with emotion during the World Cup. I believe it. Football is more than a religion here. Jurgis grew up on stories by his parents of Brazilians throwing themselves off buildings during big matches.

Extreme much?


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Posted by on June 10, 2010 in brazil, festive


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This week’s Picture Perfect theme is “Festive“. I held off, thinking I may take a photo or two today. It was raining when we left home, so the ‘cowardly lion’, aka Jorge, decided the camera would stay at home. It turned out to be blistering hot and humid.

The shops and streets were jam-packed. There was a notable absence of Christmas trees and Christmas decorations in town. If it weren’t for my calendar (and Multiply), we’d hardly have noticed it was Christmas at all!

We went in and got the stuff for the animals (a calmant for the fire crackers that have already started), and some herbs for a friend. We did a bit of window shopping, ended up buying a set of glasses (in fairness to the last set, it lasted 2 years), had a cup of coffee and a small empadinha (little pie…. really ‘little’), then headed for home. Our bus broke down halfway in a not-so-delightful area, but luckily (I’m grateful), the second bus had ample seating, which isn’t usually the case with replacement buses.

So that was my oh-so-very-exciting day. Oh yes, this blog post was meant to be for Picture Perfect. I went through my more recent photos and found little that was festive looking. After all, you don’t want the photo I took of Jorge’s feet while he was putting up our Christmas lights, now do you? ; ) There were other photo options, but I felt that they were blog subjects of their own and put them to one side. Besides… this is rather festive, is it not? This home is a few blocks away from me. I think they really put effort into being festive, don’t you?

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Posted by on December 22, 2007 in festive, picture perfect

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