Arrival in Belo Horizonte from Sao Paulo via TAM airlines.
On the bus from the Belo Horizonte airport to Rose's house.
Rose trying on my sunglasses.
Shortly after arrival at Rose's house in Belo Horizonte.
On the street near Rose's house. Belo Horizonte.
Sitting on the sidewalk.
Watching the laundry dry. Nobody here has clothes dryers.
The entry area at Rose's house.
The kitchen. The stove runs off of a propane bottle (seen under the lace cover). Very common configuration in Brazil kitchens.
Outdoor informal dining area and utility sink / laundry area.
Rose being funny. She's good at that.
Waiting at the bus stop just down the street from Rose's house. Belo Horizonte.
Some guy playing the harmonica while getting a shoe shine.
The turnstile on the city bus. Pay the man sitting there and then walk through. Belo Horizonte.
Glass Coke bottle. 1.25 liters. Most glass beer and soda bottles get recycled / refilled.
Rose standing on the sidewalk at the red door leading to her house. Belo Horizonte. Note the mail slot and door bell.
The little girl who lives next door to Rose in Belo Horizonte.
A typical shower head in Brazil. Water is heated as it runs through the head. Those are partially exposed 220V AC power lines running to the head. Normally there are no shower walls - just a drain in the bathroom floor. Keep your squeegee handy for when shower time is over.
The streets of Belo Horizonte.
Volkswagon Fusca. Many of these can be seen on the streets of Brazil.
VW bus. Belo Horizonte.
Belo Horizonte. Red tile roofing is the standard for houses in Brazil.
Young girls weighing themselves on a scale at the local convenience store. Belo Horizonte.
A standard residential street sign. Couto de Magalhaes.
Rose says "Pare".
Cory at the red door leading to Rose's house. Belo Horizonte.
Obviously feeling a bit saucy.
Just thought this looked interesting.
Cleaning Rose's house in Turmalina. It's an 8 hour bus ride from Belo Horizonte to Turmalina. When we arrived in Turmalina at 4:00 am we had to clean up a little before we could get some sleep.
Cleaning the house at 4:00 am.
Rose in her mother's kitchen.
Knocking down the weeds in Turmalina with a squeegee.
In Augusta's back yard.
Rose and her mother, Augusta.
Turmalina - MG, Brazil.
Turmalina. Someone is sweeping up the dirt outside of their house.
Augusta's (Rose's mother) teal colored house and her street.
A standard light switch.
Avocado's growing in the neighbor's back yard.
Xuxu (pronounced shu-shu) growing in Agusta's back yard. It's a summer squash.
Rose cleaning out the water tank on the roof of her house in Turmalina. Every house has a water tank on the roof or in the attic.
Augusta broke her ankle while taking motorcycle riding lessons.
Rose's house as seen through the gate on the street.
Cory. Photo by Augusta.
A fruit vendor and client. He drives around advertising his offerings via the loudspeaker mounted on top of his car.
Rose looking colorful.
Lunch at Augusta's house.
Rice, beans, pork and xuxu. Arroz, feijão, carne de porco e xuxu.
Riding in the taxi to see some of the Turmalina countryside and visit some friends.
Carlos and Boneca's new 2nd house.
The new house. Outside of Turmalina.
Quarts crystal rocks are very common in this part of the country. These have been dug up and piled to get them out of the way.
Rose modeling a large mallet used for construction at the new house.
Boneca and Rose at the new house. Behind them is the water tank that will be installed into the attic.
Roofing tiles at the new house. These are made locally at the factory in Turmalina.
Rose and Boneca having some girl time.
Our taxi. Fiat is the most prevalent make in Brazil. Second is Volkswagon.
The owner of this house was cooking on his outdoor stove when we arrived. Rose and Carlos in the distance.
A rustic house outside of town. I am standing with the chickens.
Kitchen area at the rustic house.
Oranges growing at the rustic house.
A typical bar in Turmalina.
Sitting at town square with Rose. You can buy a skewer of barbecued meat from Bendito (Dito) most evenings.
The local supermarket in Turmalina. Supermercado Estrela.
Rose and I at Turmalina town square.
Rose and her friend Bendito (Dito).
We stopped by to say hello to Regina - a 94 year old resident of Turmalina.
Bananas growing in the backyard at Regina's house.
Rose and her niece, Ingrid.
Touring the roofing tile manufacturing plant with Rose. These flexible cylinders are made from the local dirt. They will be pressed into the shape of roofing tiles.
A freshly pressed roofing tile. At this stage they have a coating of oil on them.
After being fired the roofing tiles obtain their typical red color. This man was our tour guide. A very emotive and Portuguese speaking individual.
Me and Roberto (Beto), Rose's brother-in-law. He works at the roofing tile manufacturing facility and hooked us up with the tour.
Rose and I being goofy at her house in Turmalina.
Turmalina - MG. Brazil.
At a shop in downtown Turmalina.
At the cemetery in Turmalina. I wanted to get a photo of the cemetery. We walked to the first cemetery but it was locked. It was starting to get dark but we decided to walk to the 2nd cemetery. By the time we got there it was very dark - and it was locked too.
At the cemetery in Turmalina. Everyone we told about our walk to the cemetery in the dark thought we were crazy. Jaws dropped and people gasped. Ha ha. We had a nice walk thought. A little exercise and some good conversation with Rose.
Agusta and I at the pizza joint drowning our sorrows with Skol beer. To keep the beer cold everyone gets a little cup. You all share one big bottle of beer sitting in an insulator. Empty the bottle and they bring you a new one.
At the pizza place in Turmalina.
The pizza place in Turmalina.
A few too many cups of Skol.
Rose on her mother's crutches at the pizza place.
Flowers in the yard at Rose's house in Turmalina after an evening rain.
Rose's house in Turmalina.
A city work crew cleaning the streets.
New construction in downtown Turmalina.
The older of the two cemetery's. Turmalina.
Dirt mounds at the cemetery in Turmalina.
Rose and her friend, Tina. We stopped by and had lunch. Tina was in the process of making sausage.
Little Volkswagen truck. Fiat and Chevrolet also have very similar models.
Colorful houses in Turmalina.
The red dirt of central Brazil. You can see where the roofing tiles and bricks get their coloring.
Rice, beans & meat. Lunch at Tina's house.
Rose and I during lunch at Tina's house.
Rose showing off a newer Volkswagen bus. This one is owned by Sedex. A courier similar to FedEx.
Probably my least favorite part of Brazil. Sunscreen application.
Rose's favorite kitchen knife.
Fun with knives.
Getting some dirt from Augusta's garden.
Augusta chopping up the sugar cane.
One of Rose's nieces.
Running the sugar cane through the press to extract the juice. Yum!
Sitting at the bar with Rose's friend, Zé Eugenio.
Carlos, Boneca & Rose. Boneca means "Doll". Ha ha.
Rose doing some yard work at the house in Turmalina.
Cory doing some yard work at the house in Turmalina.
A colorful Rose at the house in Turmalina.
There is a chicken mounted at the top of the cross. Turmalina.
Rose and I at the lookout in Turmalina.
A panoramic view of Turmalina.
Motorcycles are very popular in Brazil. Turmalina.
Kids playing football in the field behind Augusta's house. Turmalina.
Rose, Cory & Boneca at the bus station in Turmalina. In eight hours we'll be back in Belo Horizonte.
Having a late breakfast in Belo Horizonte at Rose's house.
Fried pork, beans, rice, spaghetti noodles & salad. Now that's a good breakfast!
Belo Horizonte - MG. Brazil.
Belo Horizonte means beautiful horizon.
Broken bottles cemented to the top of the walls. A common practice in Belo Horizonte.
Belo Horizonte. Home to 5.5 Million people.
An old Ford station wagon parked on the side of the street. Belo Horizonte.
A typical mail slot.
Looking towards Parque Mun. das Mangabeiras. Belo Horizonte - MG, Brazil.
Doing dishes at Rose's house in Belo Horizonte.
A street of rocks in Belo Horizonte.
Waiting at the bus stop.
Women at the bus stop in Belo Horizonte.
The streets of downtown Belo Horizonte.
A crane at the park near Lagoa da Pampulha.
Rose and I at the park near Lagoa da Pampulha.
Drinking coconut juice.
A tree in the park.
The line at the meat counter in the supermarket.
On our way to the restaurant.
Eating dinner at Redentor.
Eating dinner at the Brazilian restaurant.
The food was delicious and I finally found a good dark beer. redentorbar.com.br
Belo Horizonte at night.
Rose at the park. Parque das Mangabeiras. Belo Horizonte.
A monkey in a tree at the park. Parque das Mangabeiras.
A picnic shelter at the park.
Observation deck at the park.
Rose at the park. Parque das Mangabeiras.
A panoramic photo from Parque das Mangabeiras. Belo Horizonte in the distance.
Using the camera's ten-second timer.
A stand of bamboo at the park.
A stand of bamboo at the park. Parque das Mangabeiras. Belo Horizonte.
These bus drivers are crazy. Big buses, narrow streets & high speeds.
On the street near Rose's house in Belo Horizonte.
On our way to the street fair.
Rose and Tony. He looks very happy.
Now that's old school.
Rose is pretty excited about the onions.
Rose made traditional feijoada for dinner. After watching what went into it I was a little hesitant to eat it. But it turned out to be very tasty.
Feijoada with rice, chopped lettuce & orange slices.
Dinner at Rose's house in Belo Horizonte.
Time for an after dinner hug.
A bar in Belo Horizonte.
Feira Rip (Hippie Fair) in downtown Belo Horizonte.
Cute dress. A little on the small side.
Jesus for sale at the street fair.
Cool dude at Feira Rip. His bicycle has a steering wheel.
Eating junk food at the fair. Feira Rip (Hippie Fair).
A skewer of barbecued meat rolled in farofa (toasted manioc flour). Delicious.
The central park in Belo Horizonte.
This big red-eyed bird was just hanging out in the tree.
Lucas, Cory & Felipe.
Geese waiting for handouts in the park.
A young street vendor in downtown Belo Horizonte.
Giving Rose a lift.
A view of the city from Rose's house in Belo Horizonte.
Rose, Cory, Lucas & Felipe.
A panoramic view of Belo Horizonte.
Stairs leading so someone's house.
Boarding the plane in Belo Horizonte.
Riding the bus from the plane to the terminal in Sao Paulo.