Saturday, 9 AM.
Who does not want to have a window seat? The first seats in the bus or airplane that are sold, are always window seats. Even when the oval window in an airplane is not really inviting to have a clear view, we like to take a look at the breathtaking landscape, or the whimsical shapes of the clouds, while the plane is moving at cruise speed. It indeed is amazing to observe the miniature world at a distance of a few kilometers. Windows of a bus generally offer a clearer view, although few buses have very dirty windows. Fortunately, the windows of our bus were clean enough to take photographs of acceptable quality. However.. the windows had tinted glass. Therefore, I had to adjust all photographs, on the basis of color and contrast. Quite some work…
The city of Vitória da Conquista. The man in front appears to be in doubt: should I enter the city, or not?
The landscape was breathtaking. Not only images of nature, but also images of human traces in the landscape. From isolated farms and unpaved roads to large villages and even cities. Daily life went on, in these cities and villages, the people did not pay attention to our bus. That is why it is very interesting to observe daily life in this way. Below some examples of daily life in Bahia..
It is not clear what this motor rider is carrying in his sidecar. Most probably it is butane gas for the kitchen oven. You will not carry butane gas by yourself, but generally it will be delivered at your home, by these motor riders. They also will replace and connect for you. The same case with 20-liter bottles of potable water.
The motor is parked at a dry and safe place inside the covered terrace of this snack bar. Here you may encounter the so-called lanches. This is not a lunch, but fried snacks that contain cheese or meat. Temos PF: ‘We have a Prato Feito: a simple hot meal, which consists of rice, cooked brown beans, some salad and some meat.
Small villages have their local Supermercados, the supermarket. Surprisingly, the assortment is quite diverse and ample. You can but fresh bread and pastries in the panificadora. Please do not think to find fresh loafs of bread. It is more common to eat Pão Francês (‘French Bread’), crispy bread rolls for breakfast and supper. You generally eat them with just butter, or with butter and ham or cheese. Some sweet on your bread, like marmalade or jam? No way, the Brazilians will think that you are nuts…
A colorful kindergarten annex primary school. The larger cities have very large schools that may count more than two thousand children, but in distant villages you may count only a handful of students.
The more northward you travel in Brazil, the more poverty you will encounter. Age-old and rusted company trucks, horse and carriage are not rare here.
‘Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?’
“Jezus Christus, the Light of the World”.
Catholic, baptist or spiritist: faith has profound roots.
This was a selection of hundreds of photographs that I took on our way through the state of Bahia. An impression of daily life that shows moments of peace, as I have experienced in that way. Not the stressful life in, for instance, São PAulo, or in Belo Horizonte to a lesser extent. Here, in the villages of Bahia, it appears that time ran slower, that time stood still. APPEARS, because the reality is that also Bahians are working hard to consolidate and to improve their daily life, their future, the future of their nation…
By Dr. Adriano Antoine Robbesom
Original text in Dutch, translation with help of Google Translator