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Graciosa is the best bus company so far

All of my students cancelled their classes today, so I went to Curitiba a little early. I had to wait all day for one student, and then she cancelled it an hour before her class. What a waste of a day. I'll get paid 24 reals for that, it's $8 in Canada.

I found out how to use the bus to Ponta Grossa today. One goes to the bus station (rodoviaria) and the other goes to the city bus terminal. Last week, I mistakenly took the terminal bus, and got a nice tour of all the barrios in Ponta Grossa. This week, I specifically asked for the rodoviaria bus and waiting an extra 20 minutes for it. It was much faster than last week, though. The sun was actually still up when I left Ponta Grossa. Imagine that.

I went to the usual Princesa dos Campos ticket booth, but they told me to go with another company called Graciosa. It only had two buses to Curitiba per day, but he was right. All the Princesa buses were very late and backed up, there were giant lines like I've never seen before. I don't know what the problem was, but our bus came right on time and we arrived on time as well.

I sent Adriel a message that I had arrived and he had dinner waiting for me, rice with pork and juice. His daughter Yasmin was there, but she soon left for her mom's house on the other side of town.

After we dropped her off, in a really sketchy place, Adriel told me about how he had grown up there and had pulled himself up with an MBA. He now works as a manager at a life insurance company, making a salary he never dreamed of, far away from the slums.

He played guitar, a skill he honed while attending church with his devout parents as a child. He shared some beers with me and we shared some music. I soon felt sleepy and went to bed.

Graciosa I lovvvve youuuu

Graciosa I lovvvve youuuu

Posted by baixing 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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