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..leaving Recife February 27, 2006

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..waiting for the plane in the mid carnaval that will displace me from Recife/Olinda to Rio de Janeiro.

the past few days was discovering amazing beaches of the states of Rio Grande do Norte and Paraiba – which I liked the most.. Driving around in a relaxed atmosphere, wonderful weather, great food – really to be recommended to everyone!

Here are at least some pictures from the trip:

Canoa Quebrada – meaning a ‘broken canoe’ – an amazing beach resort with dunes (state of Ceara)

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Canoa-Quebrada-037.jpg – me playing in the dunes ūüėČ

Natal – the capital of Rio Grande do Norte – a city of amazing beaches, dunes and very active youth work:

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– main city beach and the place where we stayed
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– view from the window ūüôā
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– view from the hill and trip to the dunes – with a ferry over the river, where we then rented a ‘buger’ – this kind of fancy car you can see on the picture to be able to drive in the dunes..
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– view of Natal from the Dunes and one of the many beautiful islands in the sea
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– lagoa (with crocodiles!) in the middle of the dunes and the view on the sea

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Natal-032-hip-hopers.jpg – visit of the Hip Hop movement in the periphery of Natal

Golpinho beach – ‘beach of the dolphins’ – unfortunately did not see any ūüė¶

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and finally Paraiba:

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– walking and relaxing at the beach

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Alessandro – my travel companion; and a advertisment for a television sale and repair ūüôā
…arrival to Recife was a little unprepared, as failed to contact people and arrange accommodation in advance, but everything ended up cool, and finally experienced the opening of the carnaval in Recife and Olinda.. feel a little sorry to leave tonight, as at midnight, there will be a great concert with the best artists staring.. but well, hopefully arrival to RJ will be smooth in spite of the late hour of arrival and tomorrow with a full RJ carnaval experience..

will write more soon, love, dd

from Natal.. February 22, 2006

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apologies for disappearing, the truth is that was too lazy to sit in front of the screen, in the flow of happenings here..

now again dont have much time,but at least some pictures with coments..

in principle am travelling now with Alessandro on the North-East coast from Fortaleza through Canoa Quebrada, Natal, etc … all the way to Recife/Olinda, where from I will continue to Rio.

Everything is cool, am seeing amazing beaches, meeting interesting people and projects and enjoying myself.

Hope will be able to write more soon, though could be only after Carnaval which here started already on Monday ūüėČ

here are some pictures from Fortaleza..

view-fortaleza.jpg fortaleza-city-centre.jpg – Fortaleza city centre

dragao-do-mar.jpg bridge-dragao-do-mar.jpg – cultural centre Dragao do Mar

beira-do-mar.jpg beira-do-mar-2.jpg – Fortaleza City Beach Beira Mar

Fortaleza-(56)-mercado.jpg Fortaleza-(76)-cathedral.jpg Fortaleza-(88)-book-market.jpg – Fortaleza Market, cathedral and school book market

Fortaleza-(103)-ditta-and-b.jpg – oldest baobab tree in the city imported originally from Africa

Fortaleza-(107).jpg Fortaleza-(113)-jewish-tomb.jpg Fortaleza-(111).jpg – historical cemetery where discovered also Jewish tombs!!!

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Fortaleza-(2)-du-di.jpg – after a nap on the beach with Du..

youth-course-for-the-city.jpg aless-lecture.jpg – youth policy training for the municipality of Fortaleza

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Fortaleza-(45)-car-and-buge.jpg Dunes next to Fortaleza – Cambuco

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Serrinha – favela in the periphery of Fortaleza

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more soon, love dd

Fortaleza and the Universidade da Juventude February 10, 2006

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just a quick hi, as no real internet connection here and am using the reception to send a report to my dear TNU with a few days delay..

..arrived here on Wednesday (after my trip to Sao Paulo, about which I would like to write more, but I guess some other time), and after a warm welcome from the side of the organisers as well as the weather, I got to a Sesc recreation centre about 20 km from Fortaleza, where the University on Youth (http://www.universidadedajuventude.org.br/site/inicial/index.php) is taking place with 40 municipality workers as participants.. really amazing. Yesterday also managed to deliver a presentation of European Youth Policy Рprinciples and mechanisms in portuguese (talking for 2 hours with people patiently listening was a real success!!)

Now staying here for a little longer to enjoy the close beach and talk to the participants and people from the organisation here from Ceara.

will be back with more soon, but for now just good wishes for the weekend and a nice shabbat!

 Dd

Sao Paulo February 7, 2006

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so this time Sao Paulo is extremely hot – around 35 degrees!!! so sweaty but with a new haircut am sitting again in the GYAN office and trying to organise my life before departure to Europe (changing my plane ticket, arraging the Foreign Police, organising accommodation in Rio for the carnaval – all things I ignored so far that I coming back to me..)

But well, had a great restful weekend so now can do some necessary things too..

– that was yesterday..

today am again exhausted – but this time from spending the whole day at the federal police, where finally managed to arrange the extension of my stay in brazil for another 3 month ūüėČ but dont worry coming back to Amsterdam on March 10 early in the morning..

so, as I have to leave very soon, here I want to upload at least a couple of pictures from my stay in Sao Paulo and my lovely time with Lis, Jonah and their beautiful son Akira, as well as my walks in down town.

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SP-roof-view.jpg SPview.jpg – Sao Paulo – view from Lis & Jonah roof

SP.jpg da-se.jpg – Sao Paulo down town

SP-china-town.jpg – former Japaneese quarter / China town

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vila-madalena-pre-carnaval.jpg – night street samba groove in Vila Madalena

One of my most amazing experiences was a visit to the organisation Aprendiz (www.aprendiz.org.br) in Vila Madalena, the visit of their organisation, cafe, and the places they work in, as well as the meeting of Yael Sandberg and Izabel Marques, who were kind to brief me about this marvellous organisation and their work.

Here are at least some pictures to illustrate:

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More will have to come later, from Ceara, where I travel tomorrow early morning.

All the best, Ditta

..last days in Brasilia & arrival to Sao Paulo February 3, 2006

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..at the moment I am at GYAN office (Global Youth Action Network www.youthlink.org) in Sao Paulo, sitting next to Jonah and having a little time to reflect on the passed few days.

Tuesday, 31st January

was picked up by Sumaya and Dudu and we went to the National Park of Brasilia, also called Mineral Waters or Aguas Minerais, where there is a natural water reserve and a beautiful park, which we did not have a change to explore due to the pouring rain..

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after a good lunch in a vegetarian restaurant, Dudu and I went for a visit to the International Education Institute for Brasil РInstituto International de Educacao do Brasil (www.iieb.org.br), where got a graet explanation of the activities by Camilia and had a very stimulating discussion with the programme director and author of a publication on the methodology of participation.

then we paid a visit to the Youth Secretary of the Presidency of the Brasilian government, which is seated in this amazing building:

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…in the¬†evening, Barbara, Dudu and I made a trip to the city Taguatinga¬†in the periphery of Brasilia to take part in¬†a cultural people’s festival¬†coorganised by a local cultural centre and different ministries. The programme presented a great variety of workshops, local musicians, and even a Maracatu group from Recife! was with lots of fun and dancing.. and later a dinner with some people we met around..

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Wednesday 1 February

started with a delayed meeting (due to my slow morning and a visit to the BRA office – as I finally decided to fly to SP to save time and energy, and be able to participate in my farewell party Dudu was organising for me..) with the INTERAGIR group – a geuine youth organisation based in Brasilia but with a net work all over the country (www.interagir.org.br) – to my surprise they have their office in an amazing building of the Brasilia Shopping – see below:

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They also run a youth information server on environmental issues: www.protagonismojuvenil.org.br . There together with Alessandro, Mateus and Renata from Interagir agreed to have another meeting on the following day to discuss some projects..

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After that I had a unique opportunity to walk in Brasilia and go all the way up the TV tower which offers the most amazing view of Brasilia

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..from there were finally to a class of Bolero to the samba school (I took the most advanced class and still was a bit dissappointed by the easiness of the level.. but well, the teacher was great!!)

Thursday – 2 Feb

…my last day in Brasilia – went with Lou (from the States I met in Acre), Sumaya and her daughter Ananda to the Museu of Indigenous People, which was unfortunately closed. So we went at least to the Museu of Juscelino Kubitchek and his memorial – impressive design!!

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after a nice lunch with Cris from UNDP and Alessandro, we headed to the meeting with Interagir about a manual on youth politicy and¬†participation in Brasil, which was inspiring and needs to be followed up. Then we headed to the World Bank office, where I assisted Alessandro the finalisation of¬†the Report from the Recife events.. and after a delicious¬†ice-cream and a party shopping we finally arrived to Dudu’s place for the farewell party – which was great!!! Really Du, thank you so much for this initiative! Was great to meet your friends and see and all the¬†diversity of people I met at various places basically¬†know¬†each other ūüėČ and all of you was great to spend time with you in Brasilia and all the other places..

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This morning left for the airport and to my surprise while queueing met Mateus from Interagir travelling to SP with the same flight! ..and I ended up going with him from the airport and his friends Massao (from www.ispis.org.br) and Black (from www.cala-bocajamorreu.org) and ended up here at the GYAN office, reading emails from Brasilia that I should meet these guys as well as the organisations, that have offices next to GYAN such as the Artemisia Foundation (www.artemisiafoundation.org.br) and Aracati (www.aracati.org.br)..

curious what the next days will bring, I wish you a nice weekend and a restful Shabbat ūüėČ

 dd