photo by Laura Sobenes
Last week we said good-bye to three cyclists from Sao Paulo, Brazil. They came to us via Santiago, Chile where they had gone to the see the Lallapalooza festival. After many days lost in the black hole of Valparaiso, they eventually found their way to Mendoza. Bruno, Laura, and Ian are three bike activists in their twenties who met one another via ‘critical mass’ rides. They were a pleasure to host; exceptionally out-going, wonderful with Frances and Solana, excellent English, way into music and art. Bruno is a computer programmer who found us on ‘warmshowers’ and decided he just had to meet us (thanks for your perseverance), Laura is a photographer who took the above ‘light drawing’ picture, and Ian works in film production. Together, we had some nice bike rides, fun conversation, meals, game playing, and exchanging of digital music (thank you Bruno and Ian!). In Sao Paulo they ride fixed gear, stencil streets to create bike paths, and they work with a program know as Bike Angels (bikeanjo), a bike advocacy group, which, among other activities, offers to initiate and orient new cyclists to the challenges of urban cycling in Sao Paulo. Thanks again for your visit. Até logo.