Fiat Doblo

December 3, 2009

We spent today looking at flats and driving around Sao Paulo, trying to get our bearings.  It should be mentioned that the car Scott came back with from the rental place yesterday was a Fiat Doblo. It’s a fairly ridiculous looking car–boxy and awkward, like the kind that should be energy efficient but aren’t.  After our car rental disaster in July, I’m just happy that it got us to Sao Paulo.

I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that the drive between Rio and Sao Paulo was stunning.  The road, the Dutra, was super easy to drive on and most of the way there were just rolling green hills and stands selling bunches of bananas and young green coconuts.  Every once in a while we would see pockets of houses, but in general, it was a quiet drive, with big sky and crazy weather patters.  Sunlight and rain at the same time.

It’s funny to drive around the city, though, among all of the sleek, small city cars.  It feels as cumbersome as being able to understand 60% of conversations, and as awkward as getting tongue-tied when trying to answer the phone in Portuguese.  It’s all a whole new thing in the big city.

Also, I thought New York would pull through. I’m disappointed in our Senate.

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