Terere

 

 

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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.

 

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