Tuesday, February 03, 2009

 
BRAZIL

Dear Leonhard,
Finally Felix has arrived in Brazil, after a long, long trip from Cuba. No one knows how long Felix has been travelling, he himself thought for a while that he was going to get lost forever, so he felt very relieved when he was lifted out of his package and breathed fresh... ah, well, somewhat polluted air in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He fast became best friends with Karen, 3 years old, and they have already made some paintings together. But Felix was very, very tired after his long trip, so he soon fell asleep in Karens comfortable bed. He has many adventures waiting for him in Brazil and will tell you all about them, but for now he is resting.

Love,Felix through Helena in SP, Brazil


January 8th, 2009

Hello!
Now I am finally feeling better and can write myself. Today has been a very hot day, it is now 4 pm and it is still 27C in the shadow. Since it has been such a great day, Karen took me downstairs to the pool of her building. We had a great time, as you can see! I was sunbathing, swimming and climbin the palm-trees that grow at the pool. Also, me and Karen played hide and seek around the building, we had so much fun! Since Sao Paulo is a quite violent city, Karens building is all fenced, no one can enter without speaking to a security guard first. Also, Karen lives with her parents and animals on the 7th floor so all balconies have nets around, so neither she nor the cat, nor small visitors like me, can fall down and get hurt. I will try to send a photo from the balcony and of all the animals later, but right now I am going to take a shower to rinse off the poolwater!Lots of love,Felix
January 12th, 2009
Hello!
Yesterday I had such a great day! Karen and her parents took me around Sao Paulo, and we saw so many nice things! Karens father is from italian origins, so he took us to an Italian restaurant to eat. The food was great! And it was so interesting, they had football t-shirts hanging in the ceiling, have you ever heard of such a strange thing?? We had a ravioli with a four-cheese sauce, it was delicious. I had mango juice to drink, freshly made at the spot, and for dessert we had some Brazilian coffee with Italian ice-cream, yum!















After lunch Karen showed me around at the famous Avenida Paulista. It is the avenue that you see on TV if there is any news from Sao Paulo, a big avenue full of high buildings with important offices.


















We went to MASP, museum of art in Sao Paulo (the red, squared building behind me)
and when we walked along the avenue we got to see SNAKES and LIZARDS!!

An environmental group was showing animals from the Amazon for the children - and me! Can you believe that I have touched a real snake and lizard?! Wow!After this we went to a park, Karen took me around and we played a lot together, it was great! Before we went home we made a stop in an ice-cream shop to eat more ice cream. It was a great day!!!



















Love, Felix


January 27th, 2009

Hello again!

This is Felix! I am back from my road trip that I have made through southern Brazil with Karen and her parents. It was a long trip, and we took plenty of photos, so I will have to tell you about the trip in several emails. We left Sao Paulo on the 14th of January and slept the first night in a hotel at the road side. Nothing to show you there, but the next day we drove through a huge rainstorm, I did not know it could rain that much! We could hardly see the car in front of us at times and there were so many lightnings! I was really scared, but Karen hugged me so it felt better. Luckily it stopped raining when we arrived in our first stop at Curitiba in the state of Parana, where we had a great lunchbefore we visited a place called Bosque Alemao. That means the German Forest in Portuguese. This part of Brazil was colonised by Germans, as I would notice several times on this trip, I will tell you all about it later on! Anyway, this part of the rainforest, in the middle of the city of Curitiba, has a trail that tells the story of Hans & Gretzel, but in Portuguese they are called Joao and Maria, strange! Well, the story was a bit scary, but Karen took good care of me. To reach the trail you have to climb down a high tower, that shows you the view of Curitiba. I took two photos there, one so you can see that the rainforest and the city of Curitiba, and one so you can see how high up I was. Well, Karens father told us the story and eventually we reached the house of the evil witch!!! Karen and I went inside, but luckilly the witch was not there this day, only her black cat that was very friendly with me. In the rainforest we saw some really high ferns, they were like trees, it felt like visiting the movie Jurassic Park!


















After a nice morning in Curitiba we kept on driving until we reached the town of Penha at the coast of the state Santa Catarina. It was sooo beautiful there at the beach and I was so happy to see the Atlantic Ocean again!
Me and Karen played around a little before we had dinner, can you believe that I ate crab for the first time in my life!?! And after dinner we chased some real mini-crabs that lived in the sand on the beach, so much fun, me and Karen laughed a lot. We found a really cute hotel, that is called a Pousada in Brazil. Pousadas are like smaller hotels, that are family owned. I got my own bed, but it felt so big that I shared it with Karen, we slept very good in it. On the 16th and 17th of January we visited the amusement park next to the hotel that is called Beto Carrero World (It was founded by a Brazilian cowboy called Beto Carrero) and it is not only an amusement park, but also a zoo and to the area belongs huge landmasses of preserved rainforest that no one ever will be able to touch. The park teaches you to think about nature, but of course you also have lots and lots of fun! We did so many fun things there and also visited a show about the sword of Excalibur. It was a very scary show, Karen hugged me through most of it and afterwards we could meet some of the knights. As you can see I was really scared of them. But I had so much fun at Beto Carrero and would love to go to more amusement parks later.



















Well, I think that is enough for today! Next time I write I will tell you about our trip to a small town called Pomerode, where people still speak German!!! I spoke German to people there, amazing! But more about that some other day, it is late here now and I have to go to sleep.

Many warm hugs, Felix



February 2nd, 2009

Hello everyone!

Here is Felix again! Now I will tell you about the rest of my road trip. So on the 17th of January we went to a small town called Pomerode, in the inner part of the state of Santa Catarina. There was a huge German immigration to this part of Brazil, and in this town people came from north east Germany, and they still speak German there - I could understand what everyone said and talk with them too in German. Of course their accent was a bit different, there were some Plattdeutsch into it, but still. The sad part was that they had a German party there, and it was horrible! Well, not really, it was also a lot of fun, but they only took the stereotype of Germany, with Bavarian costumes and music - me and Karen HATED the music!!! We had a very nice lunch though, with lots of potato, sauerkraut, fried duck and strawberry juice, yum! I also met some really sweet dolls there, they were also German immigrants. Unfortunately the batteries of the camera died and no one had time to charge them, so you missed out the photos from the party at night and the parade the next day, also from the amazing afternoon tea that we had in the neighbouring city Blumenau - I have never seen so many cakes, sweets, sandwiches etc in my whole life! But we did take a photo in the hotel room in Blumenau later at night, it was so cozy. Also we took a photo of me in Blumenau by night, cool!On the 19th of January we drove towards the coast again, to the city of Florianopolis that is situated on an island. It is sooo beautiful there! We spent 4 days there and we saw so much. You would not believe all the things you can find on a Brazilian beach. People sell drinks there, and icecream. But not in restaurants or bars, no, they walk around with carts on the beach and sell all these things, and many more. Me and Karen had a lot of fun though, playing in the sand together.

















One day we also went to the municipal market to look around, it was a very beautiful building from the colonial times. The coastline of Santa Catarina was colonised by the Portuguese, so the old buildings are in a Portuguese style, very interesting.We also walked along the beach walk in the city of Florianopolis, where you have a beautiful view of the city itself, and by chance they had some activities there for children, so me and Karen made a painting there that they put up for display later. The hotel were we stayed had a pool area, of course me and Karen had to go there and play some. The water was a bit cold, but nothing compared to what you can find in Europe!! We visited some sanddunes, it was like a small desert, also very hot! It was around 30C the whole time, so you can bet the sand was burning my small paws! Some people were sandsurfing on the dunes - it is just like snowboarding but on sand instead of snow. It looked like a lot of fun, but a bit too dangerous for me and Karen, so we were only watching.



After thiss nice time in Florianopolis we drove north again, and made a stop at a beach called Tainha. This beach was very difficult to reach, as it was in a hidden bay. We had to drive up a small mountain on a gravel road, and then down again, but it was worth it. What a beautiful place! I almost moved there, as I found a great beach house. But Karen told me that I should not try to stay in a house made of sand only, so do not worry Leonhard, I am coming back home to you again! Have a look what I discovered there, too! The smallest bananas I have ever seen! They were even smaller than myself - but very yummy! This was actually our last stop on the trip, but I am also sending two more photos from Sao Paulo. One from the balcony of Karens home, as I promised. You can see the net that protects everyone from falling down, but also how many huge buildings there are where Karen and her family live. Then I had to take a photo of me with all my new friends, I think I forgot to tell you that Karen has a cat and two dogs, but now you can see them as well, we are very good friends, all of us!I am thinking a lot of all of you, I miss my own family in Austria, although I am being very well taken care of during the next trip and it is very exciting to see all these new places. Next time I will write you it will be from South Africa, can you believe?!
Many hugs, Felix

Comments:
Thanks for sharing another wonderful and exciting journey, Felix. Brazil, I like it. All of the photos you share are absolutely fantastic, and i am impressed how you are exploring the world with this cute little bear.

 
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