Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Bolivia, from Dorling Kindersley`s Atlas
The itinerary for my Bolivian expedition is as follows: fly to Campo Grande in Mato Grosso, Brazil, then bus to Corumba. Then train to Santa Cruz. Then bus to Sucre, Potosi and La Paz, in which three cities I will spend the majority of my time. I return from La Paz taking the bus and stopping at Cochabamba, and on to Santa Cruz. I take the train from Santa Cruz to Corumba, before getting the bus over to Campo Grande.
This is far more places than, ideally, I would wish to stop at, but given the size of Bolivia and the slowness of buses, I think it is better to break up my journeys. It is unfortunate that the more interesting parts of Bolivia are the furthest away.
I am overjoyed to be moving again. The last months here have bored me stiff. This is a tedious little city- or rather, collection of suburbs- whose inhabitants seem to believe that going to shopping malls is the most diverting activity imaginable.
It has been rained considerably too, making me housebound, and I am not really constructed for domesticity. I wish I had planned the year better to avoid the World Cup, and the heat of January too. Next year I will travel through January and February.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Alfredo Wagner river, oil on card, 15 x 18.5 cm
Alfredo Wagner, lane, oil on card, 14 x 14.5 cm
Alfredo Wagner small town nearby, oil on card 16.5 x 18 cm SOLD
Alfredo Wagner, a residential area, oil on card 16 x 18.5 cm
Alfredo Wagner, houses by the river, oil on card, 13.5 x 18.5 cm SOLD
Araucaria tree, Near Alfredo Wagner, oil on card, 17 x 17.5 cm SOLD
Paintings from a recent trip into the Catarinense Mountains.
Alfredo Wagner is not a bad place to base oneself for a short trip, if coming in from Florianopolis. True, it isn`t terribly interesting in itself, but the surroundings are splendid, with quite a fairy-tale atmosphere to me.
I like the people of the mountains. They strike me as an industrious bunch, working in their small-holdings right up to the moment Friday`s world cup match began. They have that cheerfulness you often find in hard-working people. They keep their towns tidy, and you can see the townspeople sweeping the roads in the mornings.
They are conservative places but they are not dour. They had the national flag on display all over the place, though I suspect many must privately regard much of the rest of Brazil with considerable disdain. I wouldn`t blame them if they did.