Monday, March 10, 2008
It pays to be nice to everyone. Bus drivers, receptionists, waiters, garbage men, wage slaves know a lot about the cities where they live and can help you out if you smile and are genuinely nice to them. Cheap restaurants and nice places to stay are usually found out about via word of mouth, not the guidebooks.
It is amazing what people can accomplish when they absolutely have to. When you are hungry and in a little village in the rainforest, you figure out which house is actually a store or restaurant. Of course, the poor kids steal your stuff off the beach, but they also pick up every aluminum can like it was a gold coin. I don't know how much they get for them, but kids that look like they are 5 years old are carrying trash bags bigger than they are full of crushed cans.
The words on Brazil's flag are Ordem e Progresso, Order and Progress. Neither of which seem to exist in Brazil. In two days, we are off to Santiago, Chile. It surprises me that we have been in South America for a month already. Our hostel has been pretty good, but a bit too much partying for my liking. Not surprisingly, most the people in our hostel are here to go out drinking as much as possible as late as possible, every night. That being said, they also put on a cool Capoeira show.