The city of Florianopolis is half on the mainland and half on an enormous island just off the Atlantic coast of Brazil. It’s stunning, its raining. The island has a ton of mountains so the roads wind around valleys except for the ones that go straight up hill in the favelas. We’re staying with a girl named Vivian (who we found through globalfreeloaders.com) and I asked her why the favelas are in the hills. In the US the hills are where the expensive houses are because they have the best views, so why is it the opposite here? She didn’t have an answer. I wonder if it has to do with being literally marginalized. The favelas are actually beautiful here. They look like the hill houses in Cinque Terre.
We spent today at the beach, which I’ll write about in my email tomorrow.