"Don't wake me up -- I am enjoying this dream"
Before we start this page I would like to share a letter which we sent to our family in California......
It is dirty here, nothing but crappy cobblestone roads, pot holes, insects the size of turtles, litter, mosquitoes (ops... had to leave the computer for a second to smash a roach!), ........ We are enduring terrible heat and humidity and GENERAL travel hardships to give you all insight into what kind of PIT it is here in South America. We have not had a good meal in weeks and I am starting to be concerned about our general health condition. But, we will press on, as difficult as it is, to keep you all informed of how lucky you guys are to be in the good old USA, and having to work everyday!
I am sure that these pictures are the best way to show you how much we miss home!
Home sick, we are!
Adeus from Brazil,
Attached to this letter were the following pictures....... We are not getting much sympathy!
On the evening of the 17th, Dov Koren and Beth served us a beautiful meal of salmon and a variety of chesses and breads in their home on the 23rd floor. Beth is a designer of high end restaurants in Brazil, and also designed their home!
On the 18th of April, our friends from Sao Paulo, Dov Koren and Beth, introduced us to "Officer BMW of Sao Paulo". Notice that Beth is sitting on a nice clean bike. She did not get near our dirty worn bike!
The treatment we received from the BMW dealer was excellent!
The rear wheel was starting to wobble a bit. It had not been adjusted since Lima, Peru, and that was over 20,000 miles ago. It was time for some adjustments! Sandy also brought down new fork seals, which we had installed.
This fountain was interesting. Four plump ladies in a pool. Water was coming from their mouths and breasts.
This is only one of many stained glass windows in the "Marcado Municipal de Sao Paulo".
Each window depicted a different aspect of life in Sao Paulo.
Again, notice how clean it is here!
On the 19th of April, our motorcycle is still in the shop. Dov was kind enough to offer us his brand new R1200GS for the day. To lend somebody a motorcycle is a show of trust. I considered it a REAL honor that he let us ride his bike "In the traffic of Sao Paulo". That is VERY trusting!
Dov took us around town to take pictures of the "Then and Now's".
I am going to wait and post the old and new pictures next week, when we are relaxing at his beach house!
Dov and Sandy at the "Monumento da Independencia".
This is "ONE" side of the monument.
The Ipiranga Museum (another "Then and Now" destination).
I know this is getting repetitive, but again, notice how clean it is....
Dov has told us that there has been a change during the last 10 years, and Sao Paulo has done an incredible job at cleaning up their city.
On the 20th of April, Dov had to attend to a business meeting in Rio de Janiero. So... Sandy and I took care of laundry and other things.
View, from Dov's motorcycle, as we drive cautiously around Sao Paulo.
This is the business center, and was much like the Wilshire District of Los Angeles.
On Saturday, the 21st of April, Dov, Beth and their son, William, took us for another sight seeing excursion of Sao Paulo.
Typical Sao Paulo High Rise area. VERY nice.
The "Next" stop was the shopping center of Daslu. Articles in Forbes and Luxury Life Magazines describe it as one of the most exclusive shopping centers in the world. Sandy and I have been to many shopping centers, from Fashion Island, in Newport beach, to Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. This center was in another league!
You could purchase Yachts, Fast cars, Helicopters and nearly anything else you could imagine!
The Daslu Shopping Center did not have open walk ways like the centers we were familiar with.
It was more like walking through a huge home, where you walk from room to room.
You could also purchase an "armored" Mercedes Benz, only 15 feet from the wine area.
Nice display of model cars, built into the floor.
William, standing next to another highly modified car........ And he knows all the statistics!
$400,000 will still buy you a ncie car in Brazil!
It was hard to leave the dream world of "Daslu Shopping Center".
Yes... The trip has changed a bit over the last few weeks. But I am sure that "Adventure Riding" is still in our future, here in Brazil. We are enjoying this respite of "Good Life". After our post in Curitiba, Brazil where we visited the rotating apartments, My sister made this observation and sent Sandy and I the attached letter..........
Hey, Hey Dale and Sandy
You can climb vacant, decrepit churches, climb hills in dangerous areas of the city that residents have to yank you out of, and coax clergy, maintenance workers, government employees - but you couldn't finagle one of the eleven families to invite you in? Should have got a box of Girl Scout Cookies......everyone loves those. A little fun on the side too.....Sandy wearing a Girl Scout outfit and you her Scout Leader....the fun could have gone into the night.....
BUT NO....here you are just driving around the city, taking a city tour, just like a blue-haired tourist!!
Well now....you just enjoy yourself while I sit at my desk and think of REAL adventure!!
Do you have suggestions on how I should respond to my sister?
After lunch on Saturday, they took us to this unusual building. As we walked into the building Dov asked us if we had been to this museum yet? We responded "No". He laughed and then informed us it was the "Unique Hotel". It did look like an "Art Museum" when you enter the lobby!
Check out the "accommodations button", and "suites" and you will see why they named the Hotel "Unique". (Hotel Unique).
One fine Grocery store....
The area where they sold deserts and pastries looked more like a "French bakery" then a grocery store, so says Dov, who has been to France.
On Sunday (April 22, 2007), Sandy and I do what we love doing -- "Just putting around town in first gear".
We were on a search to take "Then and Now" photos. Typical intersection in the older section of Sao Paulo.
The following pictures are meant more as a footnote to this page. As we left the hotel this morning, we drove about 2 miles along Europa Avenue. If you have any doubts about Brazilians' living the good life, this may change your opinion........
We stopped for tooth paste at a regular market, and ran across this neat parking area for motorcycles. A cable pulls out from near the bottom of the yellow post. You run the cable through your wheel and then connect it to the yellow lid, which you lock your helmet in! Clever!
That's it through Sunday.. the 22nd of April.
"Don't wake me -- I am enjoying this dream"
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