While everyone I know in colder climes is struggling with cold, possibly freezing temperatures, I deserve little sympathy for the sweltering heat here in Campo Grande – yes my dear friends I can almost hear your thoughts. But even the Brazilians are complaining about the heat. Its easy to see why air conditioning is a must, if you can afford it. Shady spots under trees, awnings, just about anything that will take the scorching sun off your head, I have learned to spot in the distance and navigate in my pathway.
Oh another interesting experience I had in Campo Grande was terere (tay-ray-ray), a tea infusion of yerba mate. Originally from Paraguay but popular in northeast Argentina and western Brazil, namely Mato Grosso do Sul, terere is drunk cold, sucked out from a horn cup called a guampa with a bombilla (metal straw) – looks impressive – see photo below. Taste = bitter but refreshing on a hot day and with its caffeine , its a good replacement for a hot coffee. The place to be on hot sunny afternoon in Campo Grande is Parque das Nacoes Indigenas, drinking terere.
- Juana, age 74, eco-entreprenuer (accionambassadors.wordpress.com)