Wow, I haven’t quite settled back into the routine of going to the office everyday AND trying to get things done outside of work. So, just to let you know, we’re still alive and kicking here in São Paulo.

A few weeks ago, our friend Alexandre took us to a hotel that lies in the midst of a number of parks (PETAR, Xitue Ecological Station, Carlos Botelho State Park and Intervales State Park), about 270 km south west of the city. Though it was misting or raining the entire time, it was so lovely to be in the middle of the forest for a few days. The hotel – Paraíso Eco Lodge – provided a variety of hikes through the forests, the highlight being a trip into a cavern. The hotel is still in the process of defining itself, but has an incredible setting to offer and an interesting museum focused on native Indian artifacts.

I am always amazed at what you find in the Brazilian rainforest . . .

Caverns

Green for as far as you can see

Vines that are the size of tree trunks

The original coffee tree from Brazil

Spectacular waterfalls

Alexandre and Jeff

During another weekend, one spent in São Paulo, I visited the contemporary art show “In the name of the Artists” at the Pavilhao do Bienal. The exhibit showed work from 51 of the biggest names in international contemporary art – a collection from Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. The art museum in Ibirapuera park, designed by Oscar Neimeyer, has a wonderful interior space with white curving ramps. The outside of the building is a bit dated and not as nice, in my opinion, but that is just part of the concrete jungle we call São Paulo. The work of Damien Hirst was showcased at the front of the exhibit, specifically his work of two cows split in half Mother and Child Divided. The exhibit, which was quite extensive, was inspiring, thought provoking and quite odd at times (as I find much contemporary art).

Comtemporary Art Exhibit

 

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