Monday, June 27, 2005

1st week in Betim, Greetings from Belo Horizonte

I started writing this message a week and a half ago and didnt get a chance to finish cause we had to the original email below and I will try to write more when I can.
We are in Belo Horizonte at Vanessa~s familys vacation house called Retiro Das Pedras
until July 1st. We are working our creative problem solving skills because we have been having troubles with our cameras and wanted to at least get an edited rough cut done by the end of this trip... we are also having computer problems. So Vanessas family has been running around to see if we can borrow a camera to capture all our video to the computer and see if we can get our computer fixed. A little stress but we get a little time off to take care of our personal infrastructure. ANd also we got time yesterday to see a BRAZILIAN SOCCER GAME! it was Cruzeiros (from Belo Horizonte) vs Vasco the Rio team. We off course were rooting for Cruzeiros even though Vanessa and her brother-in-laws team is another Belo team (that wasnt playing). It was a really great time. Cruzeiros scored early and dominated most of the game but the ref seemed to be calling all kinds of things against them and after a penalty kick for the other team and another goal scored the tense game ended in a tie. Okay gotta to go and finish a resume to send to see if I can get a job when I get back.

Last weekends message:
Hello beautiful people! Sorry I havent written but much but we are only finally taking some time off and relaxing in a small mining town called OURO PRETO. Its a colonial town with a strong mining history. We had a little problem with our guide he likes to talk very loud and repeat everything he says a few times while he talks and walks very slowly. We finally had enough and decided to take off to hang out and do a little email. This past week has been such a contrast to our time in Rio. IT has been inspiring and uplifiting. We get up very early and work late into the night doing our preproduction and planning for our video shooting. Luckily we are fed amazing food and lots of coffee and good bread. We feel a tremendous responsibility to work really hard and create great final projects that this organization can use to help promote the work they do.
We are like rock stars to the kids at Salao do Encontro. If we go anywhere by ourselves especially near the under 7 aged kids we get attacked, with questions and come here lets go there, lets play, sign my arms, sign my paper, speak english!!! GIGGLES ALL AROUND. Yesterday we got interviewed by the state newspaper (Estado do Minas) and they took pictures of us as if we were doing our interviews and filming. This Local TV station is supposed to come Monday and there is a rumor that the national TV station wants to do a story on us. It kinda weird postmodern, media doing stories on media doing media but all of it brings attention to this great organziation.
Dona Noemi the inspriration behind Salao is a feisty 80 year old woman who was ordering the photographers to highlight us and not her, and telling them where we should be fotographed and how to be fotographs. She doesnt like to be video taped especially so we are still unsure if she will agree to be interviewed. ...

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