Whenever I travel, near or far, I can´t help but think of my Dad who was a sales rep and had to travel a lot. He always said he didn´t like to travel, but loved his job. The only reason for him to leave home and spend days in a row driving in sometimes not so good roads and sleeping in sometimes not so clean hotel rooms, was because he loved the relationship he had with his clients.
The same happens to me. My fascination for visiting new places and meeting people compensates for my lack of enthusiasm (I´ll be polite here) with the moving involved in the trip. I get motionsick very easily. I don´t like highways, I don´t like buses, I don´t like airplanes and, especially, I don´t like airline companies.These have nothing to do with moving, but with waiting a lot, standing for hours in line, having luggage damaged or lost, and when complaining about that, being treated as the criminal, not the victim...;-D
Anyway, I´ve recently took a trip to a distant part of my own country - the northeastern state of Alagoas. A six-hour flight and a three-hour drive in a van to get to a beautiful beach called Maragogi, with wonderful people and the climate of paradise. I stayed at a resort, and if I had slept during the drive and not left the resort to meet the local culture, I´d have thought I was in a different place. But I´m curious and kept my eyes open, and what I saw left me thinking that I made a good choice with my candidates for Senate because they are the ones who are now exposing and denouncing what I got to see: poverty, misery and a lot of political corruption.
Alagoas is the home of two of the most corrupt, but powerful, political families in the region, the Collor de Mello and the Farias. The former own the media : TV stations, newspapers, radio stations etc , and one of its members, Fernando Collor de Mello, was president of Brazil, but did not finish his time in office because we impeached him, due to scandalous irregularities in the finances. The latter has been providing mayors for all the cities in the state, and their sole purpose is to get money and stay in power. One of its members, PC Farias, was a Federal treasurer for Collor de Mello, during his time as president. He was assassinated by his brothers, who never went to jail... Meanwhile, people are living in shanty houses and dying of preventable or treatable diseases.
The local people are lovely and have that sweet and warm accent in Portuguese that comes from a closeness to/mingling with the Indigenous languages: a lot of nasal vowels, and the singing rythm of a prayer, or a mantra. I´ve been to other states in the region before, and I always want to go back, just to hear the people speak.The colors are vibrant everywhere and laughter is easy. The weather is tropical, so there are coconut trees everywhere. Lace is one of the craftworks they´re famous for, and there are many types, beautifully made.
And then, I had to come back to my cold, circumspect, busy and pastel-looking South.*sigh*
On a lighter note,here´s a link to a very creative idea to protest against airline ill-treatment: United breaks guitars
And a picture I took thinking of our Rebbecca Hill: