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Have you ever met anybody from Amazonas, Brazil? Meet three of them… July 26, 2007

Posted by Georgete in People, Photography, Trips.
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elias2.jpgYesterday I was in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas, and had a chance to meet Irene, Elias and Silvio. Three different stories with a common attitude toward life and other people: both are welcome no matter what (even a stranger like me).

Elias “the prophet,” as he emphasizes, was born in Belem do Para and moved to Manaus when he was a young men. He works as bootblack from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., and sells watermelon from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. at a local market fair. He has proudly shined the shoes of local authorities and celebrities.

“Once while working on the shoes of our mayor, I had a problem related to my new house solved almost immediately. Because of the bureaucracy of the city hall, it would take me years to get my problem solved,” he says. Elias sees himself as a “lobbyist” working those relationships to serve his own legitimate interests.

At 46, he bought his first ever own house but still hasn’t found a wife. “She needs to truly love me. That’s the only way she would never cheat on me,” he believes.

Good luck my new friend!

 Irene and Silvio – Young Generation

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Irene, 27, was born and raised in Amazonas. Married and mother of a three-year-old girl, she was happy to show me some pictures of the Carnival in Manaus, hold in February.  She also told me about the “Carnaboi,” a carnival that uses “ox” an important element of the local culture as a theme. This feast is held every year in October.

nyjune192007-024.jpgSilvio, 19, was born in Curitiba but moved with his mother to Manaus a couple years ago. He studies English and is convinced that if he had an American girlfriend, his learning would be easier and faster. Ok! Keep trying guy! 🙂

Elias, Irene and Silvio, It was very nice meeting you. Wait for the pictures… I’ll be sending you printing copies soon. Tchau!

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