I never dreamed as a teenager in Florida in the 80s, fangirl-ing over Simon Le Bon, that I would see Duran Duran 30+ years later in concert in Belo Horizonte, Brazil with a friend I met in India.
We’ve lived in Brazil almost three years now and, while this was my first visit to Belo Horizonte, I do have a Belo backstory. During the summer of 2004, we left Prague thinking we would be heading to Belo Horizonte the following summer. My husband began Portuguese language training back in California in preparation, the kids were settled in school for the year, everything appeared on track. However, four months into my husband’s training we were notified of a change. Due to budget cuts, there was no longer a position in Belo to fill. We had several months of stress, knowing we would be moving soon with our two young children, but not knowing where to. The normal jobs bidding cycle was over and we had only the leftover (unwanted by others) postings to choose from. They say life is what happens while you are making other plans – well, I am forever thankful for the surprise turn of events that led to us spending three amazing years in Chennai, India.
Now, let’s jump back over our postings in India, Egypt and Portugal to Rio de Janeiro. My friend, who I met in Chennai but currently lives in Brasilia, contacted me and asked if I was interested in meeting up with her in Belo Horizonte for a Duran Duran concert. Hahaha! How fun is that! The world is a small place, we never know when or where paths will cross again.
They’ve still got it!
Although I flew in one day and out the next, I did find time for a little sightseeing.
Praça da Liberdade
This lovely square is surrounded by museums.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
The CCBB had a very interesting art exhibit from a Cuban collective of artist called Los Carpinteros: Objeto Vital
“Through the creative use of architecture, sculpture, and design, artists question utility and exploit the clash between function and object with strong criticism and social appeal of a sagacious and humorous nature.”
MM Gerdau – Museu das Minas e do Metal
Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerias, known since colonial times for its mines, minerals, and metals.
Belo has a wonderful central market.
I couldn’t resist the bread and bought a loaf fresh out of the oven.
I took a taxi from my hotel to the market but felt comfortable to walk the 25 minutes back – passed some fabulous street art along the way.
Haha! Well, it’s time to split!
I enjoyed my mini-vacay!