I found Brazilians to be open, willing to talk and share their views even as I taped the interviews. I did learn that the Ministry of Defense was wise to me, but I don't really know if it affected the number of interviews I had in Brasilia. And no one, thus far, is running away from me in Rio (all 12 hours thus far).
As far as Brasilia, it gets much grief for being an artificial capital (created out of nothing, I guess, in the early 1960s). The design of the city is supposed to look like a plane or a bird, but I only saw rectangles, heaps and heaps of rectangles. Canberra, another invented capital, is mostly triangles.
|The Congress. The H = Senate offices.
Much swankier than
the Deputies' which are off to the right.
|National Archives, essentially--one floor with some docs for the
transition and one floor of two big art displaces
|Supposed to be a flame,
in National Archive
Overall, it was a very successful trip. I have much clarity now on key aspects of the project as it applies to Brazil and much confusion over stuff that is of much confusion here. Good times. Seriously, I learned a lot, met interesting people, saw some interesting things, and ate well. I declare success!