White cat – black cat! Both are nice! 

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I am on the bus to Barra Funda to pick up our rental since our car will be in the garage for a check. 

There aren’t many people on the bus but all ten are female and about three of them talk loud enough for the rest of us to participate in their conversation by listening involuntary. 

But that is not what I was going to write about. It is just a factor that hinders me from thinking clearly. 

Today I have decided to turn down the job offer. I wasn’t guaranteed the position so far anyway. It all made me feel a bit stuck in life and taking decisions for my future. 

Now I feel so much better. My friend Lena posted yesterday: 

I dream a lot. And I live very fast. No wonder, I forgot my dreams sometimes. 
She then described the situation of visiting a Buddhist monastery far off the mainstream life and how she remembered that this was one of her dreams. So, with each step we take, we might get closer to some of our dreams, when letting life come naturally. The job I got offered was very interesting but away from my work reality in terms of freedom and responsibility and some other principles, I guess. And then I remembered a dream of mine, which was to travel in China for mere touristic reasons, without studying or working over there. 

Until the end of the year, I would like to have the money, that I would need for a short three week trip. 

And what does it have to do with cats? 

When walking to the bus stop, I first found a white cat and caressed her. Continuing my walk, I encountered a black cat on my way which was also very sweet and not jealous of the white cat, which has marked me first. 

So, black or white, all is fine. It is still a cat. My decisions in life all have the potential to turn out just fine as long as I am living my life. 

Beijos 

The size of your windows 

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I quit my fasten period tonight and drink a beer at the Sashinha, which is a small corner bar close to my house. And when looking at the skyscrapers in front of me, I thought, which skyscraper best describes my desires and my personality. While looking at the options I realized that status comes with the size of your windows. 
Funny, right? But in São Paulo it is kind of like that. The more light comes in, the more expensive the apartment. Daylight became a luxury good in the last decades. Something so natural is a privilege to either the poorest living without a roof and the richest, paying an immens sum to receive enough daylight. 

Strange new world! 

The infinite way of doing it all the same way again and again

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A moment

Passing the second I try to grasp it

A warm wind

Embracing my blink of loneliness

History proves

That mankind hasn’t changed

Stories, yes

We got more of those

 

And some people have a day off

Others are serving

Climbing and falling

Seem to be pure illusions

Young and old

Only following

 

Tap tap

A cat on my mind

Purr purr

Dear all

Why are you so kind

And cruel at the same time

Guest Star: Kikinha ­the Brazilian

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My article on Katzenworld about little Kikinha was published today, though the situation has changed a lot since when I wrote that article. Here we go! Have fun reading!

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Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Kika BB:

Today I am here to talk about a little charming creature that is enriching my life, for a while. My little lady’s name is Kikinha. Her mum is travelling a lot this year and about to move to Spain and since I have always loved cats ever since I had a tiny baby kitten in my hands at the age of four, I quickly offered myself to take care of her. So let me introduce you to my little meaowie friend:

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Full name:
Kika Castillo
Breed: Siamese
Age: 4 years
Hobbies: playing with fake mice and cellophane balls, hunting butterflies and cockroaches
Favourite food: Chicken bits & Natural & Delicious

Kikinha ­the Brazilian

Just like any other Brazilian lady, Kikinha gets a pedicure from time to time. Means her claws are trimmed from time to time. I did not know about…

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Flirting Nightingales

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I can’t describe my emotions over this natural beauty of Svib,  a small place,  a sad place where most people lost all their hopes.  Our house in the mountains is very isolated and peaceful.  During the day you only want to lay down in the grass and listen to the bees and flies and birds.  But the night is even more exciting.  You can see this wide sky,  full of shining stars,  seeming so close,  close to you,  your soul,  your mind,  your everything.  And then those flirting Nightingales.  The male,  just 20 metres away from me and the female somewhere within a 100 metres.  At first I thought that those birds must be crazy and confused to sing at night but then my dear friend Alexandra told me that the beautiful singing comes from the nightingales. I am so full of admiration.  Wow!  I love this sky!

Sometimes a hotdog saves you

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From a conversation that was more than unhappy and demotivating.

Escaping the usual actually feels good. I wouldn’t normally sit here on a Thursday night eating a Nuernberger (sorry to all my veggie friends) and observe life in this 15 m2 place in Vila Madalena.  The owner of Go Dog doesn’t make much money but is very idealistic about service and I like that. 

It is not a place to be anonymous. You share the tables.  But that is nice.  The man sitting in front of me is having his second hot dog.  The two couples beside me are dating,  one in their forties,  the other in their fifties. The first one might not meet a second time.

Observing life and sharing good ideas is natural for me and just as Jewel sang in the nineties “I’m sensitive and I’d like to stay that way.”

Boa noite
Kika

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SP traffic and a little rice!

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Tonight I got plenty of things on my mind to write about but I need to select what might be of real interest for you. So my first comment is on traffic:

The city of São Paulo has, as a matter of fact, improved its transport conditions over the last four years and I am an apolitical witness to this. I was never allowed to vote, no matter where I lived, so I have “the gift”. I an see clearly where there are clouds. Or something like that.

In São Paulo additional bus-lanes were introduced about three years ago, so public transport goes much smoother than in 2011. Of course, as a card river I was outraged by the chaos in the beginning, but after some weeks, all went much smoother. The cellphone app WAZE also helped us, because we learned to use alternative ways to get to work. The city also rethought the bus routes themselves and I have to say, they are much more logical now, at least between Pinheiros and Vila Olímpia.

We have one new metro line, the yellow line or line number four, and, even though privately held, it surely functions as an inspiration the public services. São Paulo’s metro is a well respected institution among the citizens. You never see any kind of tags, litter or destruction inside the waggons.

Recently the speed limit of the city highway has been lowered to 70 km/h and regular streets partly to 50 km/h. São Paulo’s citizens, no matter which political party the prefer, were outraged, but if they were open enough, they could see that the result is pretty nice. I take the highway almost everyday, most of the times around 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 a.m., 14 a.m., 17 a.m.! Only on Wednesdays I use public transport and my own feet. There are clearly less traffic jams than before. And actually it was never really possible to ride much faster tan 70 km/h during the day on Marginal Pinheiros or Tietê during the day. So it is not only the speed that makes a difference. What changed is that those crazy drivers who switch lanes spontaneously and against all laws all the time, only in order to arrive less than a minute earlier than all the others at work, got fewer. “They” are still there but they drive at a lower average speed, too. When the limit is 70, they go up to 80. Result: Less accidents occur in the city! That is what the mayor wanted.

And the 50 km/h on regular streets: for me that is pretty normal. In the EU you usually drive between 20 and 50 km/h within the city and a little faster on rings. In Germany they don’t have a limitation for highways but most people also know how to behave and that makes it possible. In Croatia you do have a limit because people would not respect the laws.

So, driving in SP now is much easier and faster than it used to be. That is not because we move slower or faster on the streets themselves, but because of a little fewer unnecessary accidents occurring and blocking the roads.  Those people who used to break the law, break it a little less now, which is good for the majority.

Oh no! Already so much text on one topic!

My second comment is fast! Today I entered the contemporary world. I got myself a “small rice” (Xiao Mi), and so far I can say that it works great. I have a super nice camera, a relatively strong flash, 4 GB more than before and the cellphone also makes cute sounds when messages arrive.

Todays photo shows our living room. I am really happy with my new electronic friend!

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Wow wow wow

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Finally my day has come to an end. The last bill for last month has been sent. What I wanted to write about was not work but my lovely weekend. It all started with my friend Lu asking me to go out with her and some colleagues of hers. Without telling too much I can say, it has been a great night, nine people, seven nations, all at a table at Drosophyla, the loveliest bar in São Paulo (R. Nestor Pestana, 163 – Consolação). All of us had some China connection and our chat went all around the world from there. Even if some of us got really drunk, it relaxed us to be in a perfect circle. The mysteries of this encounter continued throughout Saturday, when we did our Pinheiros and Vila Madalena Tour and occasionally met one of the professors, who had arrived in São Paulo two weeks ago at Baccio Di Latte. It was all so inspiring and then I knew once again why I need to find more time in my life. Encounters like these just give you the right energy.

Now, tired again, I am hitting the bed!

Kika