Monday, 28 July 2008

Central Europe Mountain Jumping Adventure


Wonderful weekend in the Saxonic Germany!

My eurotrip never stops! Why would I stay at home eating chips and watching cartoons if I can go for hiking, rafting and city-tour?

This time the destination was a german paradise in the Saxonic part of Germany, close to the Czech border. First I met my friends Maira, Luiz, Hasmik and Edmilson (from Brazil, except for Hasmik - Armenia) and we took one train from Wrocław to Dresden (with one change in Gorlitz) and within four and a half hours we were there for sight-seeing.

Dresden was severely bombarded by the British and American air forces, during the second world war in 1945. The city was rebuilt from the dust. Baroque architecture was kept and the city center is beautiful. Really worth seeing.

After sight-seeing Dresden we headed the village of Rathewalde for the hiking and boat ride. There we met the rest of the internationals who applied for the CEMJA (Central Europe Mountain Jumping Adventure) - coordinated by Melanie Thier from AIESEC in Dresden.



On the first night we had the "global village" party - in such party people can present their countries and also provide some typical food or beverage. There were five Brazilians attending and we had the most attractive stand, with caipirinha, cocadas, coins and bank notes from Brazil, flag, music and much more. :)



On saturday(26) we all had a breath-taking experience in the saxonic hills. :)



On sunday(27) we went for the boat ride!! fifteen kilometers in total, but the river was slowly flowing and the wind slowly blowing. Took us some time to accomplish the whole track. :P



** Once again: Thank you very much, Zuzka, for inviting me to this event! Will be never forgotten **

To see the full album of photos click here

Monday, 14 July 2008

London Fun


Inevitably, the day came for me to visit London. One of the top destinations on Earth. City of the Beatles, Sherlock Holmes, William Shakespeare and many others world's icons.



First, I would like to thank my best British friend, Verity Denman who kindly offered me accomodation in Reading (Berkshire county) during my stay in UK.
We became friends after working together (however, remotely) for ten months.

On friday 11th, I visited the office of
iGroup in Reading town, one of the clients of the company I work. Really nice staff: Minaz, Rupert, Angela(Portugal), Ruslan(Russia), Michael Topic, Mike Jennings, Maria(Argentina), Alex(Netherlands), Su-Yin(China)... and few more others :P
I was helping them for a while with some urgent issue in one of the web portals we maintain, and right after I fixed it I was free to go to London town for sightseeing.


First place I visited was the Buckingham Palace, the place where the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth lives. The British flag was up, meaning she was inside. I almost invited her over for dinner. But I had not enough time, due to unexpected delay in Reading. In the same day I also took photos with the
Big Ben, London Eye and Tower Bridge.



On saturday 12th, my girlfriend made it all the way down from Edinburgh, SC to spend the weekend with me, and as the wheather was better than the day before we took a 'flight' (this is how they call one ride) in the London Eye. Amazing aerial view of London town! - After that we visited the wax museum to take really funny pictures:



After the wax museum, I visited the Abbey road!! Very famous spot for Beatles maniacs! For those who don't make any idea of what I'm talking about, it's the street in which the Beatles took the cover photo for one of their albuns. :)

As always, there were some Beatles' freaks trying to take the very same photo:


(I dedicate these photos above to my friend, Manu Ribeiro, die-hard fan of Beatles)

At night we had dinner with my Portuguese friend, Angela, and her family. In a Portuguese restaurant called "Nando's" - Surprisingly they had Brazilian beer: "
Brahma". Nice environment for Portuguese speakers. After the dinner, we went to some Irish pub, to have some cold Guinness draugh beer!

On for sunday, Stonehenge! Pre-historical rocks with big mystery surrounding it.
There's some small touristic infra-structure there; Basically parking, souvenir store and ice-cream shops. It's also possible to get some audio guide to hear the history about the place. However, the recordings are full of:

"
...nobody knows...", "...it's still a mystery...", "...hard to precise..."

In fact, these are just rocks whose history nobody knows. In my opinion the "
English Heritage Commission" - Shouldn't be ashamed of not knowing the history of that, instead of recording bull shit in the audio guides for the tourists as an excuse to charge 7 GBP for "entrance" - Damn capitalism. Hehe. :P

This time, don't miss the chance to see the full photo album, including amazing pictures taken from the London Eye! Yuhuu!! Click here!

Monday, 7 July 2008

Football


Lately I've been having a lot of fun with my friends in Wrocław. Going to the city center, making new friends and enjoying the summer. Since my friend Alberto arrived, we've been mostly playing football! At least twice a week.

My workmates used to play volleyball every tuesday, but the Brazilian influence has contributed to make the change! Now, at least during the summer, the official sport is football. :P

It's easy to interact with other Polish players in the same team. Basic sentences are: "Podaj pierdoloną piłkę" (meaning: "Pass the fucking ball") and after an unsuccesfull attempt to score, we normally say: "Ja pierdolę!" (meaning: "Oh, fuck!").

After playing football these latests months I can say that the statistics are:

Among the Poles who play football (amateurs):

5% of them play very well.
10% of them play like normal Brazilian amateurs players.
55% of them are able to makes passes or kick the ball towards the goal.
30% of them are on the court to fullfil the teams.

When we play here, we normally do it until the total waste of our bodies. In Polish we have sentence for that: "Gramy do zajebania" - Meaning: "We play until we are totally fucked up" :)

Advice for all my readers: Stop smoking and practice sports for a healthy life. :)