This past week, I took a bus with the rest of the Brazil cohort up north to the city of Curitiba, 6 hours north of Florianopolis. It was nice to see somewhere other than where we are living for a little while. We stayed from the 18th to the 21st. I figured I’d share a little of what I saw with you guys. Buckle your seatbelts.
This was our travel day. We left our meeting point in Florianopolis at around 8:30am. My new friend, Emily and I grabbed the front seats on the bus, making sure we could see all the views for the entire ride. Here’s an overpass we spotted as we were leaving Florianopolis (or Floripa, as the locals call it). Absolutely eye-catching.
On this day we visited a recycling plant called Cataparana. We learned how the material is sorted and then sold to be recycled once it leaves the plant. Quite interesting to see the different steps. We were also able to hear from the different members of the organization how they connect to what they are doing and how it has helped them throughout their lives. Very impactful, if you ask me. To us, it may have just seemed like a dump but within the walls, everyone has their own story of what this place means to them.
After we left the recycling plant, we visited a park called Unilivre. It was absolutely breathtaking. We sat down and had a deep discussion about the plant we had seen beforehand. I can’t lie… all I wanted to do was explore the park and take photos of the turtles. Hehehe. All in all, it was gorgeous.
Perfect background for taking photos, if you ask me.
On Wednesday we visited the Oscar Niemeyer museum of visual arts, architecture, urbanism, and design. I suppose everything I see I refer to it as gorgeous, or breathtaking, or beautiful. Indeed, it is. Everything here seems to my eye.
The art was astonishing and vibrant.
Afterwards, we were given a historical tour of the city to honor black history in Brazil. At this point I was taking pictures of anything that caught my attention.
This was our last day in Curitiba. In the morning before our journey back to Florianopolis, we made our way to the Botanical Garden. It was (you guessed it) absolutely gorgeous. Breathtaking.
What have I gathered from this trip? Brazil is freaking stunning. But I guess I already knew that.