Destination Goiânia, capital of the state of Goiás.
1. The bus travel from Belo Horizonte to Goiânia, through the states of Minas Gerais and Goiás, and the Federal District.
On our way to Goiânia, while still in the state of Minas Gerais
At the end of October 2009, I was invited for another travel with students of the Federal University. The travel was scheduled in the final weekend of October, which included a holiday on Monday 2 November. The students were invited to participate in a regional student meeting in the capital of neighbor state Goiás, Goiânia. A distance of nine hundred kilometers. At that time, I was waiting for my thesis being edited, ready to be printed. I already had quit the language school where I was working for one year and a half. I needed the time for reviewing the thesis and preparing myself for my PhD defense, which was scheduled in March 2010. But that weekend, I took my time to join the students. I invited one of my best friends to join me. She would carry a tent, which we would share in the lodgment. The start of the travel was scheduled on Thursday 29 October at night. As usual, the scheduled departure time was delayed for several hours. The students preferred to party a little more before they would enter the bus for a travel of seventeen hours.
‘Just Jesus Saves’, a text that appeared many times along our route.
The bus left the university campus around midnight. I had my seat at the window, while my friend Monica had a seat behind the bus driver. She had experienced some problems with her legs in the previous months; therefore, she was granted a seat with more space. From time to time, she sat next to me. It was six in the morning, when we took our breakfast at a bus stop. We were still in the giant state of Minas Gerais. It would take six more hours before we had crossed the minuscule Distrito Federal (Federal District, which contains the capital Brasília) and had entered the state of Goiás. At twelve, we had reached the city of Luziânia, about 50 km from Distrito Federal and the border with Minas Gerais. It would take four more hours before we would reach the lodgment in Goiânia. Meanwhile, we chatted with each other, drank some beers, watched some (music) videos, or – in my case – enjoyed the landscape. As usual, I took many pictures of the highlands in Goiás,which was much different from the mountainous landscape of Minas Gerais: large fields, mainly used for agriculture, with few trees, and few hills. The landscape was reddish brown, when we saw freshly ploughed fields, or lush green, when we noticed meadows with cattle grazing on it.
Countryside in Minas Gerais
Despite the fact that our tour guide (one of the students) was well informed about the route to be followed, it took some effort to reach the proper destination. Especially when the bus drivers had entered the city limits of Goiânia. Our lodgment was some club of the federal university, not too far from the campus. But quite far from the city center. Therefore, it took about thirty minutes to reach the club terrain. We were welcomed by students of the local university, the organizers of the regional meeting. We had to queue for the enrollment and the payments of lodgment, meals, and cultural events. We then had to set up our tents in a large gym. I helped my Monica to set up our tent. It was time to refresh ourselves and get ready for the first cultural night at the club. Theme of that night was fantasy. Monica had arranged some clothes and equipment to represent a witch, while I improved myself as a… madman…
A popular restaurant in Lusiânia – Goiás
Deeper inside Goiás, plains with large, lush green meadows
We had to take this bus service to reach downtown Goiânia
|Goiânia – A Capital Verde
||Historia de Goiânia
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom