Somehow lately I don’t have time for anything, and yet it would be so great to be able to share all these things!! Well, at least finally it’s the time for the reportage from Minas Gerais. I recommend you to put on the soundtrack!
From São Paulo to Minas
We left on Friday afternoon, barely a moment before the real peak hours hit, and in São Paulo, going anywhere during the peak hours is like voluntary giving up countless hours of free time in the name of spontaneous frying yourself in the can of boredom and wasting hectolitres of petrol. Fortunately, because of this time advantage, we’d ensured we’d have, it ended at barely an hour or maybe two in the traffic jams of the city, and all the rest was already a pure pleasure of travelling.
We arrived to Gonçalves itself at around 23:00, but before we’d even crossed the state border nature had already ripped me out of the seat with its charm. Who has never been in those regions has no idea what they lose… I think it is true that those who have only ever seen the cities alone do not know Brazil from its best side because it is the nature that is what this country can really boast about here and that’s the opinion of every even medium-developed native. It’s worth to go to Brazil exactly because of the countless tracts of beautiful landscapes, which cannot be found in such an instalment anywhere else. I might have not been God knows where just yet, but I certainly have it in my plan now.
Such a winter in Minas Gerais
Apparently, in the south of Minas it is cold because the area is mountainous and higher located. As if that was not enough the winter is coming and apparently, during our trip it was also supposed to rain the whole weekend. Well, when it comes to the potential cold nights this place was not badly prepared, because – as it turns out – they have heated beds there, so already at the start, my thick pyjamas were not so necessary. And as for all the rest… Well, it was not cold. It almost did not rain. And there I was with my winter mountain shoes in accordance with Leo’s recommendations and prepared for chill. Two jackets as if one was not enough, a hoodie, a pair of long-sleeved outfits, and some prettier blouse for Sunday. And so that’s how I ended up going on our walking tour in the outfit of a fan of Palmeiras, my boyfriend’s favourite football club… Well, but at least the trip itself was unearthly. Plus I did bring the swimsuit like instructed, so we gathered up some courage and jumped into the mountain waters 😉
One of the most delightful facts about Minas is that it is a state of magnitude close to the whole of Poland, and everyone agrees that the whole of it is simply gorgeous. We drove through only one part of the south, but honestly, I must admit that I did not manage to find a single “medium-looking” patch there, which is already a really huge achievement. Wherever you’d look it is breathtaking, just like that.
(Videos from Cachoeira Sete Quedas – basically 7 waterfalls in one)
What else is the state of Minas Gerais famous from
To the magnificence of Minas you can add also the fact that this region is known for its good traditional food. Unfortunately, in my case, I might have not become a big fan of this specific traditional food that was put in front of me, but surely everyone should give themselves a chance and try it on their own.
Out of the traditional things that I personally adore, however, we can surely name Pão de Queijo (cheese bread, yum), Coxinha (it’s the wonder in the shape of a drop, which I am eating in the picture), Doce de Leite (mass made from condensed milk) and Churrasco (meat) prepared by someone with a proper skill. And we were just so lucky that not only Fernando’s (Leo’s brother in law) dad was the owner of a cottage in Gonçalves, so we didn’t need to rent anything, but also Fernando himself is a spec when it comes to Churrasco and we had a real stodge there.