A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
AUGUST 2007: Sweet and salty snacks seller
It is quite a long ride, the train travel between Belo Horizonte and Vitória, almost six hundred kilometers. You will have to spend more than thirteen hours before you arrive in the capital of the state of Espírito Santo. Indeed, the train runs at low speed. You can choose between a seat in the air-conditioned first class and a seat in the cheaper tourist class. Open windows provide the ventilation needed. During the travel, there are some options of refreshments. One cart rides on the corridors, or you can take a short walk to the buffet wagon. The refreshments – including a hot meal – are quite expensive. The train stops regularly. At those stops, local people have found a new income source: they offer their home-made refreshments at much lower prices. They sell doces (sweets) or salgados (salty snacks). The woman in the picture sold something different: a kind of a pancake made of tapioca flour, with home-made cheese. Many train travelers grab their chance to have something delicious at a low price.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2007, 2015