14 Feb 2008

Another CS Meeting in BH

Posted by walterheck

Last weekend we had another CS meeting here in BH. Slowly the group is growing and new faces turn up everytime. It is a lot of fun to meet other surfers everywhere, but for me it is very nice to meet brasilians. What should have been a cheap night turned out to be an expensive all nighter with a morning attached to it. Read more after the jump…

First we met in a nice bar called Bar do Doca here in BH. I arrived late Brasilian style. The meeting was supposed to start at 20.30 and I arrived at 21:45 due to some bus trouble (Am I ever gonna learn? Maybe, I found a good website for bus information in BH at last). When I got there, I only found Marela, very happy to see me as she was waiting there for some time. We were soon joined by a nice lady from Chilli and shortly after that more people started turning up. Because the bar was very busy, we almost decided to go somewhere else (we were still waiting outside for a table) when we were let in and we got a nice table in the back.

Bar do Doca

Then the same thing happened as last time. More and more people showed up until there were almost 20 of us (yay!). We also had some actual travellers, something that doesn’t happen very often. It was probably due to the fact that Carnaval has just ended and more people stay in Brasil and travel around.

I had a nice chat with two Taiwanese guys, and a cool chat with the lady from Chilli (In portuguese, yay me!). Around 2 am we decided to leave and some people decided to go to A Obra. Part of me wanted to go home and part of me wanted to settle my score with this bar. The second part won, obviously 😉 The score I have to settle with this bar is that for various reasons this was my third attempt to go there. Every time I think I am going there, I end up not going. The closest I have been so far is peeking in the front door. It was empty that night, so we decided to go someplace else. This time it was the other way around: there was a 50m queue outside the door. The result however remains the same: we didn’t go inside. You just wait, puny little bar. I am gonna get you sometime soon when you least expect it!

After our unsuccesfull attempt at going to A Obra, we decided to go to a bar nearby, called Mary in Hell. This is a so-called gay-friendly bar. For me that is no problem. Hell, I come from a country where gay people can mary, so I’m used to a thing or two. Some of us however, had never been to a place like this and were deeply shocked to see two guys kissing. This bar was not my kind of bar, dark dance floor with music I would normally run away from. But hey, I’ll give every bar a chance. So we took two (expensive!) shots of tequila and headed to the dance floor. After dancing for a while me and Felipe decided it was time for more booze. We headed upstairs and when we were at the bar, we started talking to a nice girl and ended up talking with her until we left. She decided to join us.

Mary in Hell

By now, it was 5 am but we were not going home anytime soon. During the meeting in Bar do Doca, we had decided to meet up with some surfers at the Mercado Central for a sunday morning drink. Since that was only hours away, we were not about to go home and miss that meeting. It was time for breakfast! Someone came up with the idea of McDonald’s. Here in Brasil, McDonald’s is expensive. It is not a place you go to for a quick cheap bite to eat. Although pretty drunk by now, I already felt guilty over spending so much more money than I had planned to (what else is new, really 😉 ) and was not in the mood for that. Luckily across the street from McDonald’s there was a cheap hot dog stand so we decided to eat there instead (paying 3 reais for a hamburger, which costs 10 across the street :) )

After that, we still had some time left before going to the Mercado, so we decided to go to the weekly Feira de Arte e Artensanato da Afonso Pen. this is the biggest arts and handicraft fair in Latin America. We walked around for a while, went to some breakfast shop and I drank coffee. People who know me well enough know what kind of state I must be in before I will drink coffee :).Laying down in the fair

By now, all we wanted was to sit down so we found various places to sit in, whether they were intended for that or not :) After hanging around for a bit more, we moved to the Mercado Central and had some more beers since we were starting to sober up. We figured staying drunk was the best way to not break down :) We waited for the other people, but not all of them showed up. After a few hours we decided it was time to go home.

I ended up walking for about half an hour to find a bus that I was 100% sure going in my direction. I didn’t feel like another bus adventure and just wanted to get home. The reason I was doubting so much is because of the systemof busses here: teh bus stops have nothing but numbers of teh busses that stop there on them. If you don’t know where you are, you don’t even know if you’re going in the right direction. To make matters worse, there is some kind of system to the numbers and their destinations, so a lot of numbers are very similar. Nobody that I have asked knows what this system is though. Probably only the chap that came up with it really knows :)

So, what was supposed to be a simple meeting was another nightlife adventure :) Pictures can be found in the gallery!

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5 Responses to “Another CS Meeting in BH”

  1. It’s good to know we have a nomad ambassador in the city going on typical belorizontinian outings haha
    Looking forward to meet you man

     

    Bruno

  2. Thanks for your comment on my site, Walter. I didn’t think to say that they were so hospitable that I was embarrassed, but that really is the perfect word to use! Best of luck in your travels!

    Alex

     

    Alex

  3. Dude, what is up with the black font on a black background. Are you mourning something or what? Please turn the light back on. 😉

     

    Paul

  4. I agree with Paul, this black thing might be very metal, but it makes for really annoying reading. Anyway, you seem to be enjoying yourself over there, I’d be really jealous if I weren’t a better man. You asshole…

    gr
    Ruud

     

    Ruud

  5. I’ve got to start going to these CS meetings.

     

    Brett A. Bumgarner

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