The brazilian part of the Way of Saint James

In December of 2017, a friend and I walked the Brazilian part of the Way of Saint James or Camino de Santiago, in the city of Florianópolis, State of Santa Catarina. For me, it was a great joy to be able, in my own country, to walk, one more time, this path of so much symbology, religiosity and faith.

You may ask: what do you mean, Carol? Camino de Santiago has its traces only on the European continent, right? No. This is very recent information. I explain:

Because of the growing presence of Brazilians on the Way of St. James, two Brazilian pilgrims idealized the project and pleaded a route in national territory to the competent religious authority of the city of Santiago de Compostela. In June of 2017, the brazilian path was opened in Floripa, how it is also called the city of Florianópolis. : D So, whoever wants, can walk the path in brazilian territory and complement the 100 km route in Spanish territory, starting in La Coruña to Santiago de Compostela, in order to get the Compostelana (certificate of pilgrimage).

Well, taking advantage of an old invitation from a friend to visit Floripa, we decided to reunite the ideas and walk the 21 km between the beach of Canasvieiras, in the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sanctuary. During this path, what can be done in one day, we go through absolutely beautiful landscapes – amazing our eyes, hearts and minds.

Image extracted from the folder available on the internet about the Brazilian Way.

To formalize the act, it is recommended to obtain the credential of the pilgrim in the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and, when passing by other three points, to get the stamps in the churches that accompany the journey. Following: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (1st stamp) – St. Peter’s Church (2nd stamp) – Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes Church (3rd stamp) – and Sacred Heart of Jesus Sanctuary (4th stamp). That’s what we did.

All the way is signalized, but whoever wants to walk it, it is also advisable to take the folder with the information about the available path in the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, starting point of the route or to print it beforehand on internet. It is dynamic and offers in detail how each step can be experienced, with observations, like the two options of the route.

I made the Way with a small backpack where I put inside water and nuts. I didn’t use sticks or hiking boots, but it is interesting to use them, especially if the pilgrim chooses to do the Morro do Rapa trail. We made it and WOW! What a view! I recommend it, but be careful, because it is rated on the difficult level of difficulty.

Another useful info: during the trip, you can find snack bars and eat/drink açaí, beer and empanadas. In the first establishment, I ate açaí with cereals. In the second, I ate empanadas and drank a cold beer. Pilgrimage is not synonymous of suffering, right !? 😉

More information / questions can be asked here in the comments below. I’ll be happy to reply them. :)

Other websites that have talked about the subject:

El país

Página do Caminho Brasileiro no facebook

Site da Associação Catarinense dos Amigos do Caminho de Compostela

Buen Camino! Bom Caminho!

Three inspirational books I read in 2017

Every beginning of a new year is pretty common people make plans of reading more during the next 365 days. Today, however, I wouldn’t like to indicate how many books I intend to read, nor publish the list of all that I read last year – yes, I have my own list in the notepad of my cell phone :) – but make reference to 3 of them that inspiried me to live better the daily life.

1) A Year of Living Danishly – Helen Russell

I read this book in September, inspired by a comment of a travel blogger named Amanda Noventa. “The Secret of Denmark,” written by the English writer Helen Russell, essentially addresses her research in order to find out why danes are considered the happiest people in the world. In a light and casual way, Helen recounts her misadventures as a foreigner in this Scandinavian country. It is impossible not to get caught smiling or teleporting to Legoland, near Aarhus, where Helen and her husband chose to spend a year, motivated by an excellent proposal of work received by him. Undoubtedly, the lessons learned by the writer, inspired by living with the danish people, also make us want to adapt our way of thinking and even make small-point adjustments in our routine, wherever we live, to live a happier life, every single day. :)

2) De catedral a catedral – Como passar em concurso público andando de bicicleta (Evandro Torezan)

No, I didn’t read this book with the purpose of getting new methods or formulas to get approved on exams. The author Evandro Torezan is master with these dynamics. Apart from the fact he is a person of faith and incredible determination, he is still a cyclist, who wake up at dawn to pedal through the streets of the Federal District. I met Evandro at the gym and we were introduced because a common interest: pilgrimages. Our teacher Rafael told to Evandro that I had walked the Way of Saint James. Soon we started to talk more deeply about this subject and we promised that I would give him my eBook about the Camino de Santiago and he would present me with his book “De catedral a catedral”, that also talks about pilgrimage. As I started reading the book, I realized that it would bring me many teachings. The first of them was: faith, focus and discipline are powerful tools for achieving our goals. Second: our Brazil has many paths of pilgrimages from north to south. Evandro reports the pedals that led him from the Cathedral of Brasilia to the Cathedral of Aparecida on the famous Way of Faith. And last but not least: I realized that I wasn’t demanding much efforts from my body. I know it can go further. That’s why I started running with more frequency and enthusiasm. Let’s see how far this will lead me. :) Thank you, Evandro, for such powerful lessons! I keep waiting for the next adventure! : D

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3) The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World (Torre DeRoche)

Another travel book for the list. “The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World” by Torre DeRoche is one of those books that seem to teleport you to the scenarios where the history is passing. In this case, Italy (Via Francigena) and India. DeRoche, an north american woman, meets Masha in New York and later in Europe. The big point here is that this reunion isn’t as common as it can suggest. DeRoche was traveling in order to deal better with the mourning for the end of a long relationship, as well as the death of her father. When Masha invites her to travel together a pilgrimage called Via Francigena, in Italy, and, on sequence, the footsteps of Gandhi, another pilgrimage through India, the author, despite the initial resistance, decides to embrace the challenge . The book describes the adventures of two friends along these paths, brushing the narratives with lucid and sensitive reflections about life. I identified myself too much with the author’s reports. Maybe this happened because pilgrims recognize and vibrate similar energies. :) I have no doubt you would love this book.

How I travel without leaving Brasília

One of my favorite programs when I travel is to discover the local cuisine. Sometimes I even book in advance a table in one of the most recommendable restaurants.

I believe, however, that it is possible to know other cultures in the city where we live. One way to do this is to visit specialized restaurants in the cuisine of other countries.

I write this post to share my personal experience when attending two restaurants, led by expatriates in Brasilia. I felt a special motivation to talk about them, because I realize that few Brazilians have access to this information, and, as the young Syrian refugee, with whom I spoke, said: “the best help is to share about our restaurant with your friends.”

So let’s do it!

1) Bodega de La Habana

The Bodega de La Habana is a Cuban restaurant, leads by chef Miguel Padilla, located next to the Botanical Garden.

I’ve been there twice and I always get surprised by the quality of the food and the reasonable price, considering Brasilia’s standard. In general, I order the famous banana and sweet potatoes chips as entrance. Ropa Vieja, Moros y Cristianos, the typical dishes of the country of the Castro brothers, are success in the restaurant. My favorite, however, is the delicious “rabo encedado”. :)

The restaurant is not big, so it is recommended to book in advance, especially during holidays and weekends.

Entrada do restaurante Bodega de La Habana

Entrada do restaurante Bodega de La Habana

Os famosos chips

Os famosos chips

O meu preferido

O meu preferido “rabo encendido”

Sobremesa de goiaba com cream cheese

Sobremesa de goiaba com cream cheese

Bodega de la Habana
Condomínio San Diego, Quadra 1, Casa 1, Lote 257, Setor Habitacional Jardim Botânico, Galeria Espaço 257 — next to Jardim Botânico Shopping
(61) 3551-7158

2) Yalla Falafel

I discovered Yalla Falafel restaurant doing some researchs on internet about arab food. Such a nice surprise! :)

The restaurant is located on Asa Sul and, undoubtly, it is an excellent choice for vegetarians, mainly.

When I was there, I talked for few minutes with one of the owners, a Syrian refugee whose name I don’t remember anymore. At that moment, he told me a little about his life story and in good Portuguese he shared the hope of living a happier life in Brazilian soil.

I will certainly return to Yalla Falafel and promise to take better photos of the colorful maps that decorate its walls. 😉

Entrada do Yalla Falafel

Entrada do Yalla Falafel

Minha pedida

Minha pedida

Um dos mapas que colore as paredes do Yalla Falafel <3

Um dos mapas que colore as paredes do Yalla Falafel <3

Yalla Falafel
CLS 208, Bloco A, Loja 34, Brasília-DF
(61) 3797-7428 / Facebook: Yalla Falafel

Havana: imagination and reality

What Havana and Cuba, in general, transmit to the world, everbody must be tired of knowing: Rum, propaganda of Che and Fidel, Mojito, historic buildings, old cars, musicality, Daiquiri, Malecón <3, etc…

Combinando em Havana :)

Combining in Havana :)

Degustação de rum, um dos maiores produtos de exportação de Cuba, no museu do Rum, em Havana.

Rum tasting at the Rum museum in Havana.

O tradicional Mojito do La Bodeguita Del Medio (lugar que ficou conhecido pelo seu mais famoso frequentador: Hemminway)

The traditional Mojito of La Bodeguita Del Medio (place that was known by its most famous guest: Hemminway)

Preparação de Daiquiri, no famoso La Floridita, também devido ao cliente fiel Hemminway.

Preparation of Daiquiri, in the famous La Floridita.

Curiosa imagem no nosso caminho de todo dia entre o Centro de Habana e a Habana Vieja

Curious image took in our daily path between the Center of Habana and Old Havana

What I didn’t know is that behind this Cuba, let’s say traditional, there are many other sensations and flavors to discover. I had the pleasure of trying some of them and now I share with you.

From now on, I say that our biggest source of research were the Lonely Planet travel guide (I bought the English version, as I didn’t find it in Portuguese) and updated travel blog posts on internet.

In that guide we got almost all the tips on where we should eat and drink in Havana, mainly because it isn’t uncommon we have troubles with food and beverage during our trips. If you understand what I mean… 😉

We visited the very good La Guarida and we didn’t regret. The entrance to the building where this restaurant is located is quite unusual. Think of an abandoned building with walls needing a renovation. This is the entrance of La Guarida … until you go up the stairs and access the halls where tourists, especially, have a great meal and a special view from Havana. Reservations are highly recommended.

Entrada do La Guarida

Entrance of La Guarida

View of one of the salons of La Guarida

Lonely Planet guide also gave us the tip of visiting Fusterland, an eccentric neighborhood all adorned in tiles. According to its idealizer, José Fuster, a homage to the Spanish Gaudi. :)

Fusterland is a bit far from Habana Vieja and downtown Habana. We chose to get there by car and we made sure to agree about the price we would pay for the cab with the gentle driver, who took us and still waited for us to bring back to Havana Vieja. (Cabs and bicitáxi aren’t cheap if compared to other turistic places in the world)

We had a good time there, however it could have been even better in a sunny day. That day rained cats and dogs in Havana and we had to spend more than half a hour inside a gallery waiting for Saint Peter collaborates with our tour. 😉

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As good fans of street art that we are, we didn’t miss the opportunity to make registers of some graffiti and murals around Havana. It was a great surprise to see a “modern” art mixed with those historic buildings. Amazing!

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Arte de rua em Havana

Arte de rua em Havana

Cuba, I miss you already! I hope one day to meet you again and get surprised many other times. <3

When we made to Cuba

I write this post listening to “Buena Vista Social Club” and I really recommend that you allow yourself to get to know the Cuban music. “El Cuarto de Tula” is pure synergy. Amazing! Do not be surprised if you want to start immediately wiggling your hips and / or shoulders. Cuba is musicality, bodies in movement, instruments everywhere you look.

I felt very welcomed in the land of the Castro brothers. Firstly, when I got the visa at the Cuban embassy in Brasilia. I contacted them by phone and a woman informed me that I should, in the first place, pay a fee of approximately R$ 60.00 (sixty brazilian reais) and two days later I would go to the embassy with my passport and the copies of  flight and hotel/airbnb reservation. Ready! I went to the embassy and few minutes later I was leaving with my visa in hand. Easy easy! 

Embaixada de Cuba em Brasília

Cuban embassy in Brasília

When landing in Havana (my flight was operated by Copa Airlines – Brasilia / Panama / Havana), again more tranquility. I got surprised, because the last few times I passed to the passport control in a country by myself, I had to answer many questions. However, fortunately, this didn’t happen in Cuba.

Pronta para o embarque :)

Ready to board :)

Sobrevoando a Ilha de Cuba <3

Caribbean overview <3

It called my attention how the cuban women that work in the airport were dressed. Their uniform was a short skirt with a black and funny pantyhose. When you’re in Havana’s airport, pay attention to it. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture to show you here.

No aeroporto de Havana... (além das propagandas de governo, as de bebidas rum e cerveja foram as únicas que avistei)

At the Habana airport…rum and beer advertisement

While I was waiting for my boyfriend’s flight to land, I exchanged the euros I had brought for Cuban convertible pesos (the currency used by tourists in Cuba). A Cuban convertible peso is equivalent to the US dollar. However, bringing the US currency is not a good deal, because this transaction involves an extra fee of 10%.

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Paper notes of peso conversível

For some Brazilian tourists, Cuba can be considered an expensive travel destination. It is a fact that our currency isn’t competitive compared to US dollar or euro. In this case, we need to go there remembering the sentence: “who converts does not have fun”. Haha! I can guarantee that it is a worthy investiment!

Havana airport is a bit distant from the most touristy regions of the city, which are Habana Vieja (undoubtedly the most touristy and where you should stay if the goal is really to feel the “Cuban soul”), Centro Habana (where our airbnb apartment took place, next to the Malecón, and only a few minutes walk from Habana Vieja) and Vedado (more residential area). Then we arranged a transfer service with our host, who was waiting for us at the agreed time.

Vista do Malecón a partir do nosso apartamento alugado pela plataforma airbnb

View of the Malecon from our apartment

That would be just the first day of a week in the historic Cuba. <3

 

Petra

It is impossible not to be amazed by what we see in Petra. Consequently, it was chosen as one of the Seven Wonders of the Contemporary World.

As we planned our trip through Israel, we realized checking the local tourism sites that there is a two-day tour to Jordan, through Amam and Petra. I confess that visiting Petra was not on my top-travel list. However, since we faced with that real possibility, I started to read and inform myself as much as possible about the place and, I can say: I was enchanted!

Arriving in Petra, my reaction was none other than being absolutely surprised the most of the time, not only for the stunning beauty of the place, but also for physical efforts we need to do in order to access its key points.

See the pictures below and tell me whether or not I had reason to react like that !?

Durante o caminho até o segundo

On the way to the second “key point” of Petra, there are many sellers of diverse items, like pomegranate juice and magnets.

Obrigada, Deus, por colocar diante desses olhos tanta beleza.

Thanks, God, for putting such beauty in front of my eyes! <3

Para pessoas com mobilidade reduzida ou problemas no joelho, como eu, há alternativas de transporte dento da cidade-rosa.

For people with reduced mobility or knee problems, like me, there are alternative transportation within the pink city.

Confession and impressions about Jordan

Na fronteira entre Israel e Jordânia

On the border between Israel and Jordan

I must confess that I underestimated Jordan for lack of knowledge.

This South-East Asian country caught my attention, at first place, by having in its territory one of the New Wonders of the Modern World – Petra. After two days of a bus trip through its territory, I realized that the Jordanian Haxemite Kingdom, its official name, goes far beyond that. Below are some impressions …

Diante do Tesouro, em Petra

In front of the Treasury in Petra

a) It is a country with more than 90% of muslim that live well with practitioners of other religions. Our guide, for example, was a Christian;

Aman, a capital do país

Aman, the capital of Jordan

b) Jordanians have great appreciation for the royal family (Jordan is a constitutional monarchy). The Queen Rania Al Abdullah is well known, world-wide, for her beauty and style;

c) Jordan is a country open to refugees, mostly from Syria and Palestine;

d) It is in Jordan that the largest archaeological sites related to the Roman empire outside of Rome take place;

e) It is through Jordan that the Palestinians enter in the Palestinian Territory when they travel by plane to other countries, since many of them have the entrance prohibited in Israel;

f) Jordanians can understand more Portuguese than we can imagine. In conversations we had they reported me some similarities.

Eu continuo sem entender nada de árabe... rs

I still do not understand any Arabic … rs

Live and let live

When you travel to a distant place (not only physically) from the reality of everyday life, the tendency is to happen an initial astonishment. In my case, this “shock” is usually accompanied by a greater improvement of the senses, and here I am not referring only to the “sixth sense” … I look more focused; the hearing gets more concentrated to the sounds or to the silence; the smell gets absolutely intensified … I live the present, as if I didn’t remember of the past or even about the expectations and anxieties of the future.

These sensory connections allow me to live the here and now, in a state of attention. I feel alive and complete, as I often forget to exercise when I am in my “natural habitat.” This is then, for me, one of the great benefits of moving toward new experiences.

I will never forget my first days in Jerusalem. I felt absolutely “lost” and this had nothing to do with not knowing where I was. No. I felt absorbed in a new reality. A reality in which religion utterly dictates people’s lives. I even felt a bit “unfaithful.” For a Christian Catholic woman who grow up her faith in the midst of a parish community, experiencing Jerusalem in the first two days, was at least a reason for a lot of meditation.

Pelas ruas de Jerusalém provando novos sabores

Through the streets of Jerusalem tasting new flavours.

I also hope to never forget the surprise I had when I realized that, yes, it is possible to live in the midst of rivers in the Amazon. The boat shuttle to come and go everywhere. The trade with scarce items kept on “palafitas” (houses above the water). Children who can’t go to school in the heavy flood season. The life that is maintained through the nutrients offered by the forest itself and rivers. The fact that, in the XXI century, a family doesn’t have television at home and only know the outside world through the news heard on a radio stack. This was all shocking to see with my own eyes.

Água que não acaba mais (a época das chuvas ainda não tinha nem começado)

Water everywhere (the rainy season hadn’t yet started) – market in the background.

Goiaba colhida no quintal da casa de caboclos

Guava harvested in the backyard of the caboclos house

The stay in Jordan was short but lasting enough to realize the lack of presence of women in day-to-day tourist activities, such as the maintenance of a Bedouin camp where we spent the night in Petra. The men served the meals; they were also the responsible for entertaining the tourists with their singing and clapping of synchronized palms. I didn’t see any woman in the place. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that in Jordan 90% of the population is Muslim, according to Wikipedia, but seeing a reality so different from the one I live in my country was a true expansion of consciousness.

Campo beduíno em Petra (essas barraquinhas brancas são os quartos).

Bedouin camp in Petra (these tents are the bedrooms, dining room and collective restrooms).

Confraternizando em Petra

Confraternizing in Petra

Last but not least, I remember Cuba. Anyone who goes to Havana and is not impressed, definitely didn’t experience the reality of the place. In Havana, there is almost no advertising. The only ones that exist make reference to the socialism and the figures of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. I didn’t even see the picture of the brother Raul. I don’t believe that the “regime” still works in its entirety, but by official propaganda, it is in full execution. I don’t think I have ever seen a people so similar to the Brazilians as the Cuban. And I’m not just talking about the physical characteristics … they’re rhythmic, they love to dance, and they share an admirable positivity. I wish I had taken candies to distribute to the children. These items are absolutely rare there.

Na Fusterlândia (ainda escreverei um post contando sobre esse lugar em Havana)

In Fusterland

Dentro de uma farmácia em Havana (repare na foto de Che no mural)

Photo taken inside a drugstore in Havana while a guy treated my newly injured foot (note Che’s picture and message about the Revolution on the mural)

Essa foto poderia ter sido tirada em Salvador ou em São Luís do Maranhão não fosse pelas crianças jogando basebol.

This photo could have been taken in Salvador or in São Luís, Maranhão State, apart for the sport (baseball) chosen…

“Window to my world”

Havana - junho 2017

Havana – June 2017

I appropriated and adapted myself the title of the song “Window to the world”, from Milton Nascimento, with a purpose of inspiring me and writing this post, in which I evaluate a year of creation of the blog carolslittledreams. <3

The carolslittledreams was the result of a wish to express myself apart from the common and useful social media, especially instagram. In those few lines of ig posts, usually accompanied by photos, I like to tell stories, but the space is limited… So my dear friend Mara Vanessa and my boyfriend gave the incentive that was missing.

After venturing to take a digital nomadism course in late 2015 / early 2016, I learned the basics of creating a blog. That’s why this space also arose from the need to put into practice the newly acquired knowledge.

The carolslittledreams is not a travel blog but it could be because most of my little dreams are related to the expansion of consciousness that usually only a trip can provide. Some of the experiences that I have shared during these 12 months, for example, the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James) – my biggest inspiration for the blog -, the solo trips through Portugal and Brazil, the meeting with my pilegrine friends in Denmark, the first time on the Asian continent, visiting Israel, Palestine and Jordan (the latter still in the phase of writing the posts) and many others that are still to come, have positively transformed me. <3

Petra/Jordânia - março 2017

Petra/Jordan – March 2017

Zurique/Suíça - março 2017

Zurich/Switzerland – March 2017

The carolslittledreams is truly a space in which I allow to open myself a little bit more and share with loved people some thoughts and reflections that I have been having. This is one of the windows to my world. 😉

Travel experiences, the change of State in Brazil (from Piauí to Federal District), the hair transition (long and straigh hair to my original curlies) and the way of living have given me enough inspiration to write. I hope so to continue as long as I wish …

Inspirações pelo Caminho de Santiago - maio 2016

Inspirations on  the Caminho de Santiago – May 2016

Thanks for your company and always kind words!

:)

Why I traveled to Palestine

When we started to plan the trip to Israel, I had a certainty: I wanted to visit the place of Jesus’ birth. As we know, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Until then, what I had not realized is that Bethlehem is part of Palestine, and therefore, is separated from Jerusalem by the fateful wall of separation.

My boyfriend, who is much more knowledgeable about Middle Eastern issues, than the person who writes this blog, was aware that this same wall is filled with street art, more precisely, with graffiti, and that, in those days when we would be in Bethlehem, the hotel that is attributed to Banksy would open its doors for visitation.

So we decided to put it all together and hire a local guide to accompany us for part of that day. We agreed that we would meet at CheckPoint 300, on the Palestine side. Here is another addendum: CheckPoint 300 is how one of the numerous Israeli checkpoints is known to restrict and control the passage between the autonomous Palestinian areas and Israel.

From Jerusalem, we took the bus number 24, in front of the Damascus Gate, towards Bethlehem. Suddenly we were able to observe the majority of Muslims occupying the seats. Natural.

Bilhetes de ônibus que pegamos em Jerusalém rumo a Belém

Bus tickets from Jerusalem to Bethlehem

The journey followed a mixture of anxiety and tension. Anxiety about what we were about to see and tension, by the uncertainty of the passage at the checkpoint.

It was about 30 minutes from Damascus Gate to checkpoint 300. We got off the bus and we just got into the checkpoint. We were not stopped at any time by the Israeli police officers who were in the place. We followed the flow of the Palestinians, who had access to the Israeli side of the “border”.

Finally on the Palestinian side, the view is of the wall and several taxi and anxious taxi drivers that wait for for the tourists who venture in search of the Banksy’s graffiti around Bethlehem. Some of them already approach you offering the service.

After the meeting with our guide, we began to explore: we appreciated the graffiti around the wall, visited a refugee camp, ate a pita with the locals, had a local beer, and finally visited the Banksy’s hotel, before heading to the Church Of the Nativity.

One question that many have asked me was about security in the West Bank (that area of ​​the wall). My response was that I did not feel insecure at any point with the Palestinians. To be honest, the only moment when I felt scared was when I approached the wall, precisely, next to the gate in the watch tower, and I heard a noise as if it would open. The fear, in fact, was about who was watching me from the towers, not who I was seeing on the ground.

Entrada do campo de refugiados, com a presença da ONU no local. (A chave faz referência às chaves das casas que os palestinos levaram consigo quando forçados a deixar o local onde moravam em razão da pressão israelense).

Entrance of the refugee camp, with the presence of the UN in the place. (The key refers to the keys of the houses that the Palestinians took with them when forced to leave where they lived because of Israeli pressure.)

Grafite e ursinho no campo de refugiados que margeia o muro.

Graffiti and teddy bear in the refugee camp by the wall.

Entrada do hotel

Entrance of Banksy’s hotel

Visão de dentro para fora do hotel de Banksy. Dizem o hotel com a

Inside out view of the Banksy Hotel. They say the hotel has the “worst view in the world”.

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Fragmento do museu que há dentro do hotel

Fragment of the museum inside the hotel

Um dos grafites de Banksy espalhados por Belém

One of Banksy’s graffiti in Bethlehem

Cerveja Palestina

Palestine’s beer

Imagem exterior da Igreja da Natividade que passa por reforma.

Exterior image of the Church of the Nativity undergoing renovation and the detail of the very small door through which people enter the church. (The police cars were due to the presence of a president of a country, which I do not remember which, on the spot).

Mãe e filho <3

Mum and son <3

Emoção

Emotion

A luz do Cristo menino que nasceu para mudar o mundo.

The light of the Christ.

The result of my experience in Palestine was absolutely surreal. It was not easy to see and hear the demonstrations by the Palestinians about the impossibility of come and go, the difficulties to develop tourism in the area and the indignation due to the development of israeli settlements in Palestinian areas situated on the border of the separation wall.  The breath was the sympathy of the people (I even got a magnet in a store from a palestinian), the almost non-existent rates of urban violence and the hope  better days.

I would like one day to return to this place. <3