Day time to myself
I slept a little longer this day and then went for a run to find a place to work out whilst trying to find a place to change money. I went to the hostel and the guy didn't have enough so I then carried on and went to a place that I found on google maps. That place no longer existed and was replaced with high rise apartments. Oh well. At least next to this was a football park where I could use the goal for the trx to do a quick workout.
My next task to change money included getting a lift with Cleber to the mall and finding the place, however, they wouldn't change because I didn't have a passport. Anyway, I decided that I would spend my money on lunch and went to Viva Brasillia for some food. After this, I walked the sights.
The basic structure of Brasilia was completed in just four years, from 1956 to 1960, under the leadership of President Juscelino Kubitschek, with the slogan "fifty years of progress in five", and the city is in a sense a memorial to him.
I entered the national museum. It was okay but I felt that it wasn't a very good use of space. The majority of the huge dome couldn't be used
I then went to the cathedral and woah. It has six columns representing two hands reaching up to almighty heaven.
Visitors enter into the cathedral through a dark tunnel and emerge into a bright space with a glass roof. The outer roof of the cathedral is composed of sixteen pieces of fiberglass, each 10m wide at the base and 30m long inserted between the concrete pillars. Under this is suspended a 2000m2 stained glass work originally created in 1990 by Marianne Peretti, in shades of blue, green, white, and brown.
Inside the cathedral over the nave are sculptures of three angels, suspended by steel cables. The shortest is 2.22m long and weighs 100kg, the middle one 3.4m long and weighs 200kg, and the largest is 4.25m long and weighs 300kg. The sculptures are by Alfredo Ceschiatti, with the collaboration of Dante Croce in 1970. The altar was donated by Pope Paul VI and the image of the patron saint Our Lady of Aparecida is a replica of the original which is in Aparecida - São Paulo. The Way of the Cross is a work of Di Cavalcanti.
At the end of the Eixo Monumental lies the Esplanada dos Ministérios an open area in downtown Brasília. The rectangular lawn is surrounded by two eight-lane avenues where many government buildings, monuments and memorials are located.
The National Congress building is located in the middle of the Eixo Monumental, the city's main avenue. In front lies a large lawn and reflecting pool. The building faces the Praça dos Três Poderes where the Palácio do Planalto and the Supremo Tribunal Federal are located.
Then the many other buildings in this area before getting bus back to change enough money at hostel to but ticket as I was getting anxious that I wouldn't get it. Thankfully he had enough to give me.
I then took another bus down to the bus station were I bought my ticket to Belo Horizonte for the following evening.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.