1968 TEAR GAS AND CONTROL: BEFORE CELL PHONES AND WI-FI

São Paulo – Manifestação dos estudantes secundaristas contra a Máfia da Merenda. O protesto foi violentamente reprimido e dispersado pela polícia (Rovena Rosa/Agência Brasil)

Our family moved to Belo Horizonte,MG Brazil in August of 1967.

We arrived there shortly after an article came out in the Reader’s Digest magazine about Brazil: “The country who had a revolution without a shot being fired,”
The revolution was over (we thought.)  The communists were gone (we thought) and life was back to normal. (Since we are living in a new culture how do we even know what is normal?)
Today, as I watch tv and see the confusion that is happening throughout the world,, it brings back memories of a nation I learned to love.

The nation of Brazil was a long way from being “normal”
We rented a house in the suburbs – newer neighborhood. ..  a pool – with no water …. Rutted, sandy streets, nearest phone is a neighbor 3 blocks away – the whole neighborhood uses that phone…. There was always some hot coffee ready … and it was the “news center” for the neighborhood.  News ? or gossip?  Maybe a little of both.?

Our eldest son is 15 – and he got a job downtown teaching English at a language school.  He took an old rattly city bus to town  (about an hour) in the mornings and home late afternoon.

This was an adventure he was enjoying as he began taking some steps of independence.

1968 Tear Gas and Control: before cell phones and wi-fi

Our family moved to Belo Horizonte,MG Brazil in August of 1967.

We arrived there shortly after an article came out in the Reader’s Digest magazine about Brazil: “The country who had a revolution without a shot being fired,” 

The revolution was over (we thought.)  The communists were gone (we thought) and life was back to normal. (Since we are living in a new culture how do we even know what is normal?)

Today, as I watch tv and see the confusion that is happening throughout the world,, it brings back memories of a nation I learned to love.

The nation of Brazil was a long way from being “normal” 

We rented a house in the suburbs – newer neighborhood. ..  a pool – with no water …. Rutted, sandy streets, nearest phone is a neighbor 3 blocks away – the whole neighborhood uses that phone…. There was always some hot coffee ready … and it was the “news center” for the neighborhood.  News ? or gossip?  Maybe a little of both.?

Our eldest son is 15 – and he got a job downtown teaching English at a language school..  He  took an old rattly city bus to town  (about an hour) in the mornings and home late afternoon.

This was an adventure he was enjoying as he began some steps of independence.

1968 Tear Gas and Control: before cell phones and wi-fi

Our family moved to Belo Horizonte,MG Brazil in August of 1967.

We arrived there shortly after an article came out in the Reader’s Digest magazine about Brazil: “The country who had a revolution without a shot being fired,” 

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