Brazil & Columbia - First real day in Brasilia
Sat 28 Jun 2014 - Sat 28 Jun 2014
So Brasilia feels quite different than Rio or Salvador. The capital was built in the middle of nowhere in the 50's & 60's. So it is spacious and open - reminds one of a more western city - long straight highways and tons of huge buildings. Ivan gets a transformer for a few of their non-electronic items, and this is what he gets - he swears this is the same model that he worked with in school - about 30+ years ago.
Also, Ivan finally gets a Columbia Jersey, instead of just a t-shirt. And he is proud of it obviously...
We consider trying to go to the Fan Fest today, but it is a 30 minute taxi ride and with Brazil playing today, we figured it would be completely packed (and we might not get in). We later saw pictures on TV and we were right. However, it is a holiday here as well when Brazil is playing, so many places were closed for the day. We go exploring trying to find some place that is open where we can watch the game.
This entry includes a "quiz" - guess what type of building this is???
(The answer appears at the end of the blog.)
It is quite common to be stopped for photos with others as well - especially when sporting team jerseys...
We find a place that is open, or will be in by noon. We stroll the streets waiting for it to open. It is very interesting, there seem to be about 20-30 stores that are all the same - small little drug stores - in fact, only a block apart, there are two of the exact same store/brand as well. I guess the pharmacies are close to the hospital, but it is quite odd.
The restaurant has some decent TV screens, and opens earlier than noon to let us get setup. It is a buffet style place - where you pick whatever you want, they weigh your plate and charge you by kilo. It turns out to be a pretty good place to watch - a local hangout of sorts.
Here they are making fun of Luis Suarez as Dracula. This is a picture of the TV screen and it is is probably hard to tell, but these are giant paper mache figures that are probably 20' high. The other ones are local broadcasters, but how they got the Suarez one so quickly is hard to say. Who knew that Brazilians were into paper mache?
And when the game goes to penalty kicks, all of the kitchen/staff come out to watch. Obviously, they were very pleased with the result.
We pay up and head out to find the next place - to watch the Columbia game. People are all cheering and shooting "Bra-sil" on the streets as we walk back towards the hotel - learning the neighborhood and looking for a place. Again, because of the holiday, much is closed down. But we find a hotel lounge (same one a yesterday actually) that has some big screen TVs....
And another positive result - with James for Columbia really beginning to shine.
Quiz Answer: The building is a hospital - but it makes us wonder why it seems to be geared towards keeping people in...