It was Monday evening and we headed off to the races – horse races. The Jockey Club is the place to be if you want some fun betting on horses and to enjoy a good meal. A group of new friends met on the terrace to have dinner and place our bets. The view of the Sao Paulo cityscape was incredible from our table.
We had eight races scheduled for the evening – we each carefully selected our horses by looking at their physiques as they strutted in front of us. The reality was that none us really knew what we were looking for in a good race horse so we chose our favorites based on their names (but of course acting as though we knew what we were doing). After seven races, I was still not showing any luck in choosing a fast runner. When we came to bidding on the last race of the evening I decided to place a small bet on every horse in that race (which amounted to about $20 US dollars ). I was determined to be a winner that night. After anxiously waiting for the race to begin, it was announced that the last race of the evening had been cancelled! Oh how the crowd roared with anger and disappointment. I certainly contributed my disappointed voice to the crowd’s chanting. After reviewing how we did in the evening – Tom and Ann won about the equivalent of about $39 US dollars and Roy won about the equivalent of $10 US dollars. The two Mary Elizabeth’s – well, we won’t talk about that!
As we come and go – safety is a priority! Some of the security during my visit . . .
Enjoying some delicious leechee!
Ann took me to a delightful place for lunch today – it was delicious! Enjoyed a hot cup of cafe with some fresh pastries. So many choices . . .
Boa noite – I headed to an outdoor market in Embu das Artes, a small town outside of Sao Paulo on Sunday. Again, driving through the streets of Sao Paulo was an experience. Merging is the most common driving maneuver – wherever and whenever. Thank goodness for GPS!
As we traveled to Embu, on the hillsides are clusters of housing structures called favelas. These are small structures that are built of brick and as families grow and expand, families just add on a new room(s) to the existing structure. Luckily Sao Paulo does not have earthquakes because these buildings are poorly built, just brick and mortar.
The outdoor market in Embu was full of live and gave me a sense of what every day life is like for Brazilians going to market. There were artisans displaying their crafts, people sitting in outdoor cafes drinking beer and enjoying the afternoon sun and children running down the stone paved streets.
Enjoyed a new refreshing drink made out of sugar cane called a calda de cana. They take sugar cane stalks and put them through a press to extract the juice and then add a lime – fantastico! Very refreshing –
Have been seeing a lot of interesting plants and flowers – this one in particular caught my eye. While at the market we had a very brief but heavy downpour of rain. No question why this plant was created the way it was.
- last day at Embu (mollyloar.wordpress.com)