Monday, April 19, 2010

These boots

Back in the days, when I was 17 years old I went on a road trip with my boyfriend at the time from Sao Paulo to San Francisco by land.... It was quite an adventure, something I will never forget and an experience that really shaped the following years of my life.

My hiking boots from those days were left behind at my parent's house as I continued moving countries and went through college in Stuttgart, then Paris and last but not least Barcelona...

Since I've been back in Sao Paulo my parent's moved house and did a major clean up of everything. My boots came out from some dark corner of a closet. My mother just gave them to me in a plastic bag and said: "here you take these now..." I went home with the bag, not even looking inside properly. I wasn't sure what to do with them. I haven't used them in years but they have walked in the mountains in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Middle America, Mexico, Grand Canyon, Death Valley and many more places... I couldn't just get rid of them.

A few days past and I decided to take some action and decide if I was going to keep the boots or not... to my total shock I noticed the soles just disintegrated ...

So much walking and they finally fell apart somewhere in a closet!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

these days

Caught a horrible cold... Winter seams to have arrived all of a sudden here in SP!
Here are some photos to start off a new week....

Friday, April 9, 2010

we are privileged

Yesterday I did a photo shoot a little outside of SP. I had to take a bus home on the way back... It took me 2hours to get home. It's not so far, just the traffic at 6:30pm makes going from A to B a very difficult thing indeed. I was lucky to get a seat on the bus... soon it was packed and there were a lot of people standing. These girls started talking to me and telling me how they get up at 4:30am to be at work at 7:30... then they leave around 6pm and get home again sometime between 8 and 11pm, depending on traffic, weather etc.
Then they went on to tell me how they once took the wrong bus and ended up on the opposite side of town ... how they spent all their money getting back and also got home very late... All this they said joking half laughing at themselves... I sat there in awe at how most people live here. It's a little different then Europe where people work 9 to 5 jobs... that take them 20 mins to get to work and STILL everyone is in a crap mood all the time!

I wonder sometimes what it is that makes people happy and why the poor countries seam to produce such happy people while the rich countries where everything functions people are always grumpy and unfriendly.

It's a mystery to me.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

away a while

A lot has happened since last time I was here....
My mother had this great idea to sell their apartment and buy two smaller ones.... One for my parents and one for my husband and I. This way we would rent it from them or rather it would be like paying a mortgage but instead of paying a bank we'd be paying my parents.We get to have our own place and not a rented or borrowed one and plus we can live close to them. For practical reasons it's much easier to be close by.. plus their neighborhood is much nicer and closer to work.

This was little more than a month ago. They sold their apartment and bought a new one in less than a week. I spent the past couple of weeks helping them pack and unpack again in the new place. Also been looking frantically for a home of our own.... And am very impatient to finally have our own little place.

Also got a great job for a couple of days photographing one of our coasts touristy beach towns Guaruj√°... if only I could get more work like that!!!

On a completely different note: winter seams to have arrived suddenly just today! I've been freezing all day wearing a scarf and now it's only 21h30 and i'm in bed under the covers...