What can I say about food? I must say that this country has good cuisine. They eat a lot and the choice is available for everyone. We used to take what they called “Marmitex” it is their version of “all you can eat” buffet in Us. Most of the time the restaurant is a self service, you can fill an aluminum plate with whatever you want ; Picanha (grilled meat), bean rice, potatoes and Magnoca. It is very filling!
Or you can eat fried chicken, there are lots of chicken shops, or shops selling a kind of pie called “empanadas” Filled with meat or veg.
Their cakes are very sweet like in America, you can find coffee pots in any waiting area but BEWARE! It is tooooooo sugary. It should have been called a cup of sugar tasting coffee. Taste a little first before adding more sweetners.
Something else I have to mention, I don’t know if they’ve changed their ways or not, but when we were there they had an issue with their disposable plastic cups. When they put a coffee or water machine for the customers, they used to put plastic cups for everyone’s use. But after using them, they didn’t throw them as we do here. They putted them back for the next person! So everyone used the same cups that were used by others! That’s disgusting! In some places even the real cups weren’t hygienically clean either. Their smell could be smelled from the table where they were.
Then we went west toward Paraguay. There was this town called Bella Union in Uruguay Being situated on a piece of land protruding between Argentina and Brazil. A touristic town because its river touches all of them.
We continued toward Foz of Iguacu. A renowned destination for its multiple water falls. It was the most beautiful thing we saw in Brazil. So much water, so much moist! And so much green!
Haha! These cuties were there too!
Not far from there there was Cidade del est, Paraguay known for its shops and malls and its reputation that there were large quantities of marijuana, cocaine, and various pharmaceuticals easy to buy! . The Friendship Bridge connects the town to Brazil and offers city views. We went there for an hour because we’ve heard that there was a market of counterfeit products such as Gucci or Ray Bans but we were disappointed to see that it had nothing to do with the Asian Markets that sold the same thing. Here they were more expensive and with less choice.
We headed on to Campo Grande. This town was part of the county of Matto Grosso which means “big bushes”, a semi desertic part of the country that looks like some parts of Mexico. The region where the city is located was in the past a waypoint for travellers who wanted to go from São Paulo or Minas Gerais to northern Mato Grosso by land. In the early 1900s a railway was completed connecting Campo Grande to Corumbá, on the Bolivian border, and to Bauru, São Paulo. Also in the beginning of the 20th century, the Western Brazilian Army Headquarters was established in Campo Grande, making it an important military center. Today, the city has its own culture, which is a mixture of several ethnic groups, most notably immigrants from the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, Middle Easterners, Armenians, Portuguese people, Germans, Italians, Spaniards, and Paraguayans, finally mixed with Asian and White Brazilians from the Brazilian Southern and Southeast regions, its native Amerindian peoples and Afro-Brazilians.
We arrived there at night. As usual we didn’t have any hotel reservation, it was a big town and not many hotels showed up. Finally after a long while we found one not too expensive. It sooooo relieving to find a room and a bed after a long day.
Sometime the next day we hit the road again toward Brazilia.