In November, 2022, I took the bus from the State of Mato Grosso – which is in the center of Brazil, to the state of Roraima – which is the northernmost state of Brazil which borders with Guyana. To be exact, I left from the beautiful city of Campo Verde, Mato Grosso for the destination city of Boa Vista, Roraima. Boa Vista is the capital city of Roraima, and one of the hottest cities in Brazil – but not the hottest, but we’ll talk more about this later.
Favelas, also called slums, are a common characteristic of Brazil. Millions of people across Brazil live in small, rundown shacks for houses in neighborhoods referred to as favelas or what the English would call slums. Favelas in Brazil can be compared to what some English countries refer to as “the ghetto.” However, there are profound, unique characteristics to the Brazilian favelas which distinguish them from poor communities in other parts of the world.
After about one year of living in the middle of Brazil, I started to miss my Guyanese food, and I started to search for them. However, most of the delicious snacks that I was used to in Guyana are unheard of in Brazil. I’m particularly not fond of Brazilian snacks. I miss eggball, channa, dhal puri, polourie, etc, and all those amazing delicacies the likes of which can be found at Shanta Roti Stop in Georgetown, Guyana. You couldn’t find those in Brazil – as of July, 2021 at least!
If you have a Brazilian ID card, then you can open a bank account. A few banks will ask for proof of address such as a utility bill (light, water, telephone, etc). However, most banks will not require it. Further, most bank accounts in Brazil can be opened online. It’s simply and straightforward. They will verify your ID electronically and most likely approve your bank account within a few days. Most online applications do not require proof of address, but all will require that you are the holder of a Brazilian ID card.
The city of Campo Verde is located in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. It is home to about 50,000 people. Satellite cities include Rondonopolis, Cuiaba, and Primavera. Surrounded by hectares upon hectares of corn, cotton, and soya bean fields, the city had its humble beginnings as a farming community in the late 1980s, but has quickly transformed and urbanized into one of Brazil’s most impressive cities. That’s right! As of the year 2020, Campo Verde is just about 32 years old!
In the English world, we set aside special days to celebrate and honor the divine gifts mothers, fathers, boyfriends, and girlfriends. But in Brazil, there is also a special day to celebrate the joy that children bring to our lives. Yes, there is a special “Children’s Day” in Brazil. The holiday, which is observed as a national holiday, is celebrated on the 12th of October each year in Brazil.
Go for a ride up the river by boat to the meeting of the waters – where the Black River and the Amazon River run side by side but do not mix. Have lunch on the restaurant which floats on the Amazon river, swim with the pink dolphins, feed the piranhas, and visit a remote indigenous tribe in the Amazon Jungles.