Brennand's Glass Factory
My professional world is... glass, and, being in Brennand's property, I noticed a typical glass factory, that, obviously, I would like to visit, but it's closed to public, and I had no time to prepare a professional request for the visit.
But I was sorry, because glass is a much more spectacular product than ceramics.
And they know it, for sure!
Any city with much water is immediately called "Venice". Without searching,
I know Portuguese Venice (Aveiro), American
Venice, (Los Angeles), Spanish Venice (Mogan) and now Recife.
No comparison! Recife has several rivers and islands, lots of bridges, but... that's all.
Two positive points: not many flies nor mosquitoes and the smell was better than in real Venice.
A strong effort is being made in the historical area of Recife, recuperating its most beautiful buildings.
Before leaving Portugal, a friend told me that he didn't like Recife, because it was old, degraded, and dirty.
He is right! So, if you can't do as I usually do (to concentrate mainly in the good things and forget the ugly ones) then you are not going to like the old Recife.
One of my favorite pleasures in the beach is the afternoon swim, when the sun went down, people is leaving the beach, the water is warm, and calm takes control of the beach.
In Recife I seldom had that pleasure: the beach is abandoned at 5, and at 6 it is dark night.
Be careful: A walk in the beach in the mild afternoon, may mean a return in the dark, as one day happened to Fernanda.
Hard to understand
In the excellent museum of Brennand Institute, it was the love to Netherlands that led to display a piece clearly out of the context, or was it an attempt to integrate in the museum the (also out of context) temporary display, next door - the wax french dolls representing Fouquet's trial?
And why could we photograph everything, except the weapons and the wax dolls?
Trash in the Beach
Brazilians are not very careful about the cleanliness of their beaches, but things may change. Too many people do each day cleaning of the garbage that locals throw to the sand, and they are trying to educate the new generations.
n the Sunday I spent there, a passing boat repeated a message to keep the beach clean and hundreds of students covered the beach, with plastic bags in hand, picking the smallest piece of garbage. Meanwhile, they offered a bag to each person, convincing them to collect their own garbage.
The problem is that, when I asked a student how many times they do this campaign each year, the answer was: just today. Anyway, let's hope that is a start