Decompression…

Saterday 21st of September. We have made plans to visit Caldas Novas during the weekend. Caldas Novas is a thermal hot spring some 250 kilometers north of Uberlandia. Syvlie has taken upon her to make reservations for a hotel and a bus bringing us. We leave at 09:00 from the hotel and we have long drive towards the hot spring complex.

Beautiful Brazilian landscape

Beautiful Brazilian landscape

Bus stop, stretch the legs and buy some local refreshments (*)

Bus stop, stretch the legs and buy some local refreshments (*)

On our way, to Caldas Novas

On our way, to Caldas Novas

Penny for your thoughts, Hazira...

Penny for your thoughts, Hazira…

It turns out to be a sort of amusement park, with attractions in and around the water. We do a quick check-in, have lunch and we head to the hot spring complex.

#workhardplayhard Caldas Novas crew!

#workhardplayhard Caldas Novas crew!

We have good fun, especially in the numerous pool bars this complex is having. It also features all sort attractions involving water and slides.

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One of the numerous pool bars

The later it gets, the better we get to know each other as we are playing games like “truth or dare” (I bet you’d never… ) and have time to have good conversations. The evening falls and we move up from one pool bar to another, moving up the complex. The higher we go, the warmer and clearer the water gets. We also meet Maria. A young girl, only 15 years of age and she is taking every opportunity to speak in English with us. She tells us that she’s been studying English over the last years and she’s doing really great. There are not many Brazilians speaking English at all, I guess her language advantage is going to be a great asset to her.

Evening over Caldas Novas

Evening over Caldas Novas

After a crazy bus ride back to the hotel – some people will deny it ever happened – we continue with a small after-party in the hotel and go to sleep at 03:30 or so. A long day indeed. Sunday morning, we try to check out but there is this enormous queue. It is going to take ages before we get checked-out so there’s no sense in going to the springs as the bus is due early in the afternoon for the 3 and half hour way back to Uberlandia. So we decide to hang out around the hotel pool. There is a quite nice area, with a swimming pool and a cold waterfall to cool us a bit as the temperature is rising quickly.

Waterfall in the hotel pool

Waterfall in the hotel pool

Robert in the hotel pool

Robert in the hotel pool

Still a bit groggy on what one might have called a a “long” evening, we chill and discuss, some take the opportunity to buy the so wanted “Havaianas”, the popular Flip Flops from Brazil. They come in all sorts and colours and there’s a pair of Havaianas for everyone.

There's Havaianas for everybody!!!

There’s Havaianas for everybody!!!

 I believe in total there must be some 25 pairs in total. I think a good number of them will go to China, where they’re quite “hot” (but also made, I guess…)

Evening over the Brazilian savanna

Evening over the Brazilian savanna

In the afternoon, the bus is bringing us back to the hotel. We are tired after the 3,5 hours bus ride over bumpy roads but Larissa is pumping up our energy level and is taking is to a local restaurant in Uberlandia. Sapateria da Pizza.

Amazing Pizza place in Uberlandia

Amazing Pizza place in Uberlandia

Most of us find the energy to follow and indeed, it is a nice restaurant. It’s a pizzeria, but the pizza’s are Uberlandia-style. The resemble quiches, with local produces and the are really nice. We finish with a Nutella / strawberry pizza. This is too much for me. No sweets on my pizza please! We head back to the hotel where I spend some time working on the website and the blog. A weekend well spent. #ibmcsc brazil

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