Monday, April 07, 2008

Leaving Vila Fortaleza:
The Beauty and the Challenge

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Final days were for myself full of nostalgia or longing. Actually, it's more than that -- closer to something Brazilians call saudade, a word so unique that there is a full wikipedia page and lots of discussion devoted to it.

I carried my camera and shot almost randomly, just capturing some of the beauties of people and place. Looking back now, I selected a few from the last week at Vila Fortaleza.

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And then came the challenges of leaving. Getting people and stuff into Saturnino's little pick-up was the fun part.

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Heading down the road was more difficult.

I'm going to let the photos speak for themselves.

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In coming posts, I'll share some news about how people are trying to deal with the opportunities and intrusions of this modern fuel-hungry world.

There are some more photos here.


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