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Russ and Harriet in the Peace Corps, Appendix: Slides
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Appendix: Script for a slide show dad put together about Brazil. I have a few photos he took in Brazil (link), but the bulk of this slideshow is missing, as far as I know.

Slide Show

Aoarecida do Tabuado is actually a rather modern little city. It has taxicabs(l), electricity (2), and a jail (3). It has a movie theater (4), a fundamentalist Baptist church (5), and a red-light district (6).

As a place to live, Aparecida isn't all that had. If you are fairly well off, you can own a pretty nice house (7). If you aren't quite so affluent you may be forced to rent something a little less comfortable (8). But rich or poor, there are some features common to all, Each house gets its water from a well (9), although the wealthier also have electric pumps. And every house has its privada (10), even the richest which also have flush toilets. If you're only going to be in Aparecida for a short time, you will probably stay at a hotel: the most expensive (ll), where it will cost about $20 a month, including food and laundry, or perhaps a hotel a little cheaper (12).

Most of the people in Aparecido are poor. They're not destitute, but they don't have a very easy life. To help make ends meet, most families, even in the middle of the city, raise chickens (13) and
pigs (14). Some, incidentally, are cleaner than this. Commonly, people have small gardens (15) in their back yards. (l6) Here we can see pineapple, sweet potatoes, a guava tree and the pig pen. This house is where the Director of the largest school in town lives. Mango trees (17) are everywhere and probably provide 75% of the people with al the vitamins they ever get. The rest take vitamin pills, The Brazilian diet is usually a rather uninspired affair: (18) rice, beans, and if the people can afford it, bife -— a kind of beefsteak, usually fried, always tough, and quite gamy in flavor. After all, it was usually walking around yesterday (19).

Life is ... slow (20), Not much happens in a day, and so the people adjust their habits accordingly. If a man works (and many don't -- they could, but they don't choose to), that helps to fill up a day, and brings in a little money too. There are lots of places to work. Many of the wealthy and not-so-wealthy own their own stores or bars (21). For those who have to seek employment, there are lumberyards (22), brick factories (23) (Aparecida has 150 of these), a city garbage truck (24), and, in a country with little railroad service, a great many trucks (25) to be driven. All kinds of trucks (25A). Many of the small farmers sell their produce in town (26) and thereby earn enough to live on. Construction work is prevalent (27) as there is always a new building going up. Some, like this hospital (28), have been going up or the last 5 or 10 years. But anyway, what's the hurry?

Recreation and relaxation in Aparecida are rather meager by comparison to the United States. Playing pool (or "Snooker") (29) in the local bar has its adherents, as does drinking (30) in the local bar, Talking, conversation, however dull, trivial, or vapid it may be, provides the people with a welcome relief from whatever they may have been doing, and is probably the major activity. At night there is either more or less to do than during the day. For the upper strata there occasionally events like this Grand Baille (3l). Then too, there is the Cine Aparedida (32) which makes the late shows on TV look good. There is usually a travelling circus or carnival in town too (33). These activities are all disrupted of course, when the electricity fails. Aparecida's power comes from the state of Sao Paulo across a river and when it is raining down by the river (34), sometimes there just aren't any lights.

For some people, this failure of our electrical supply at night is entirely irrelevant (35). At any rate, one can go walking, or sit in the praca at night, and watch the sky and talk. Without the street lights on it's very dark and private (36). It's very popular with the local high-school-age set.

Since most Brazilians are finished with school by the time they are 11 or 12, and then start working, they grow up fast. Interestingly, this is often (indeed, perhaps I should say usually) paralleled by their physical development. (37) Marly[sp?] and Marina, who work at the Novo Hotel, are 14 and 16. Surprisingly, the Brazilians don't get married all that young, although the average age is lower than for the US. Weddings are big events here (38), requiring separate religious and civil ceremonies. The dresses are all"shifty" (39), as the Brazilians don't seem to know how to fit a dress to the figure.

It's a great place to raise kids (40). They can sepnd their time playing in the streets and yards, getting worms (41), and playing with the Brazilian wild life(42). Actually there are lots of more-or-less harmless animals and insects. At night, you often find thousands of these black flying beetles (43), for example. Of course, iff your tast runs to more adventurous types, there are spiders (44), poisonous centipedes (45) and the sauva ant (46). This ant is interesting, because unlike most Brazilian ants which prefer to live in high-rise apartment buildings (47), the sauva ant lives pretty much underground, sometimes riddling the ground with so many tunnels that it will collapse under the weight of a man or an animal. Much to that man or animal's misfortune—- remember those jaws? (48-46).

One of the favorite pastimes of the natives of Aparecida is getting away from Aparecida. There are, of course many ways of doing this. One can hitch, a ride in a truck (49), take a bus (50), an express-bus (5l), a car or jeep, if you have one (52), a horse, a bicycle, or one can always walk. These last three aren't recommended, particularly if it is raining (53). One of the first things one notices, on one's journey, is the excellent state of the roads (54) amd the smooth ride of the busses (55). If one's journey takes one to Sao Paulo, there is the Paranaiba river to be crossed (56) by ferry at a little place called Porto Tabuada.