Horror in Brazil

The headline says it all. During the past few days the organized crime in São Paulo launched attacks against policemen and inmates in almost 100 prisons throughout the state rebelled. Last count had 40 policemen and 71 criminals dead during the past three days. When will our politicians look beyond their own personal gains and design an effective long term public security policy? Not only do we need an overhaul of the police force and penal system but also proper social reforms that would give those at the bottom the chance to find a future outside crime. I guess things will have to get much worse before the Brazilian people will stop taking it and demand more action. Unfortunatelly the people are too accepting. The ones who get fed up leave the country rather than fight for change and the ones who stay, well, the majority don't even know what they can do to effect change. Very sad.  It really pains me to see such a beautiful country with such great people falling into such a pit. Don't know what the answers are…

La sardana

As many of you know from Alan's blog, this past weekend we made it to Park Guell for the first time. While the park itsef is very large and very nice, the greatest treat was walking into a Catalan festival and watching dozens of people, young and old, performing the sardana.

La sardana at Park Guell

 This very traditional Catalan dance is performed every week in front of the cathedral in Barcelona and in many festivals by regular people rather than professional performers. I've been wanting to see it since I got here but wasn't sure when and where to go. Watching it with the city of Barcelona as a backdrop was unforgetable!