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Visit Pomerode - the Suicide-Capital of Brazil! Bsueched Pomerode - d'Sälbschtmord-Hauptstadt vo Brasilie!

On the way from Floripa to Joinville lies Blumenau, one of the better known cities with a lot of German influence (the biggest Octoberfest outside Munich, I heard). Because Camila and I wanted to visit it, we made the short detour. But the most impressive thing was the "Neumarkt Blumenau Shopping Center" - sad but true. Or maybe because I am from Europe it didn't really blew me out of my flip-flops, I don't know. At least the food was ok. Back in the car, Camila told me about Pomerode, another town influenced by Germans, is known to be the town with the highest suicide rate of Brazil. After making some jokes, we headed off to visit this place. Well, after about 10km driving AFTER the "Pomerode" sign, which usually indicates the beginning of a town, we still didn't find any kind of city center. So we assumed that this might be the reason why so many people kill themselves - no church to mark the center (mainly because there is no center). But luckily our patience finally got rewarded: We found the real entrance! A nice gate between two towers marked the entrance and the exit of the town. On the floor were even two signs, saying "bem-vindo" and "Willkommen" (Welcome in Portuguese and German). So if you want to see a place with German influence - don't go to Blumenau but check out Pomerode instead! Just be careful on the street: People don't kill themselves, this is only a gag to conceal the real reason why so many people find death there, it is because people drive like crazy!!;-)
Joinville turned out to be a very calm and safe city. Actually the first I saw (lived in) in Brazil where I could have imagined to live (longer) (if necessary). Everything is easy to find and crossing the street doesn't automatically imply the possibility of getting hit by a car. So I felt pretty safe and almost at home. On Tuesday, Camila celebrated her 26th Birthday and I was the first person to congratulate in flesh and blood - juhuii!
Yes, and Tuesday night I left on the bus for Foz do Iguaçu/Puerto Iguazu, my next stop.

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Uf dr Strecki Florianopolis - Joinville liggt es bitz absiits Blumenau, die wohl bekanntischt Dütschi "Kolonie" in Brasilie mit em anschienend gröschte Oktoberfescht usserhalb vo Münche. Ich han unbedingt dört hii welle und drum hämmer de chli Umwäg gmacht. Doch was für e Enttüschig! S'Interessantischte isch wohl s'"Neumarkt Blumenau Shopping Center" gsii... Sicher, es het scho es paar Hüser mit Holzverzierige im "Schwarzwald-Stil" gha, aber so richtig us de Socke ghaue het's mi nit. D'Camila het denn vomene andere vo Dütsche beiflusste Ort verzellt, Pomerode. Das sig anschienend au dr Ort mit dr höchschte Sälbschtmordrate vo Brasilie. Na das wämmer uns doch wirklich mol go aluege - wer weiss, villicht hämmer jo sogar "Glück"?! Nach guet 10km fahre NACH em "Pomerode-Schild" wo jo eigentlich de Afang vom Ort sötti kennzeichne, isch immer no kei Chärn/Zentrum ersichtlich gsii. Mir händ drum eifach agnoh, dass das dr Grund für die hochi Sälbschtmordrate isch: kei Chile wo es Zentrum bildet (haha, und das usgrächnet vo mir)! Aber hey: unsi Geduld het sich uszahlt! Nei, kei Sälbschtmord (ich säg jetzt nit "Schad", sunscht wäri wohl chli zu morbid), aber es ganz es härzigs Stadttor! Am Bode vornedra het's sogar zwei Schilder gha, eis uf Portugiesisch und s'andere uf Hochdütsch mit "Willkommen" druf. Also, wenn ihr in Brasilie es "dütsches" Städtli wänd gseh, göhnd nit nach Blumenau, sondern nach Pomerode! Aber Achtung uf de Strosse: das mit de Sälbschtmord isch nämlig glaub nur e Fake zum de wirklich Grund für die hochi Stärberate z'vertusche - die Lüt dört fahre wie gschtört, schlimmer no als in Sao Paulo!;-)
Jedefalls Joinville... E nätti, ruhigi Stadt - die einzig woni in Brasilie uf dere Reis kenneglernt han, in dere ich mir chönnt vorstelle, für es Ziitli z'wohne (wenn nötig). D'Stadt isch eifach organisiert und wenn me über d'Stross lauft bedüted das nit grad, dass me Freiwild für Autos isch - die halte nämlig für gwöhnlich a!
Am Zischtig isch denn no dr Camila ihre 26. Geburtstag gsii und ich bin die erscht Person gsii, wo ihre persönlich het chönne gratuliere. Juhuii!
Am gliiche Obe bini denn witer mitem Bus Richtig Foz do Iguaçu/Puerto Iguazu.

Posted by moonflower 12:58 Archived in Brazil

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