bought! At another stall Kilda asks for “pinha” a kind of fruit that looks like a mini artichoke. She asks the stallholder to pick some good ones for her English friend who has never tried them before and he jokes that he could give us anything as we would be none the wiser. Abigail cooks up the “xuxu” in a kind of soufflé and it is very tasty. Kilda is joined by Gu for our drive to Maringa. Unfortunately it is raining for most of the journey but we arrive in sunshine at the tree lined city. Fernando meets up with us and we follow him to his home. He lives with his parents but his Mum is away in USA for the birth of her first granddaughter. His Dad Valdevino speaks no English but seems pleased to have us as visitors. Bruno his brother speaks quite a lot of English and is a computer programmer. Early evening Fernando takes us for a drive around the city. There is a magnificent modern cathedral with the highest spire in Latin America, around 400m. The nearby park is closed at the moment as the resident wild monkeys are sick but we walk part of the perimeter and are amazed at the sheer number and age group of people using the outdoor gym equipment. We return to watch some TV before Fernando heads out for the evening, at 11pm!
MARINGA, COUCHSURFING WITH FERNANDO
MARINGA 2, COUCHSURFING WITH FERNANDO
. At one stage a car pulls up and the passenger window is open and a monkey immediately tries to get inside and freaks out the occupants. Other people give the monkeys food then make a quick run to get in their cars. Actually it is almost as funny watching the stupid people as the monkeys! Valdevino cooks up a delicious lunch which we eat with the family in the outside area. In the afternoon Fernando, Bruno and Isabella join us playing “arsehole”.BUS TO FOZ DO IGUACU
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