This post was written a few months ago as a guest post for someone, but then they kind of disappeared. Oh well, I can still share with you. YOU, afterall, are my favorite readers :)
Prey-toe)! Although I cannot claim
this city as my own, my husband can. And
we are here to show you a little bit of life from Ribeirao Preto . Brazil
is in many ways very similar to life in Brazil , yet in other ways completely different. America , or RP for short, is one of those cities where the
similarities outweigh the differences yet Brazilian flavor is sure to be found. Ribeirao Preto
Both countries have shopping areas; both have residential areas. The biggest difference we notice between the two is the lack of parking lots (and the need to pay someone to “watch your car” while out and about) and tall gates around the homes in
. Where Brazil is wide and open on the streets, America seems to be tucked away. Brazil
But walk into those stores and life is not much different…
… although the produce and products offered might take on a different size and shape.
different than other Brazilian cities? It isn’t the public market, which every city
has… Ribeirao Preto
Like a full time flea market, people can rent stalls here to sells their goods. Want beans of any color? Come here. Want some seasoning fresh from the local farms? Come here. Simply want cheap and sweet treats? Once again, come here. The prices are low and the variety is wide.
Or on Friday mornings you can visit the feira livre (free fair), what we would refer to as a farmer’s market. Once again, it doesn’t set RP apart, but is a vital part of the city.
And of course, this being
and all, you can find futebol anywhere and everywhere you look, from outside on the
street or inside in a fancy Brazil basketball court.
If city scenes aren’t your thing there is ample green space to be found.
is the perfect place to go throw a Frisbee, unpack a picnic, or ride a bike on
one of the many trails. On the weekends
it is packed, but come on a weekday morning and you can have the entire place
to yourself. Curupira Park
Want some more wildlife? Head over to the zoo which is free to the public and open all year round. You will see turtles sauntering along all by themselves and probably a field trip or two – and of course, our favorite, Blue.
In reality, though, it doesn’t really matter how pretty the parks are or how fancy the downtown is. What makes a place a “hometown”? The people you share it with – your family! This is something that remains the same all through
, Brazil , and the world.
Home is where the heart is, and family is usually the in the center of
that space. America