Day 17

November 17 (Thursday)
Place: Curitiba
What to do:
Find the answers
Accommodation: Staying with CS host Marcos

Good morning.
The weather in Brazil is a total mess. At least in this time of the year. In Rio there could be crazy hot one day, and the next day you’ll wear warm clothes. But as far as it’s getting south it’s even worst cause all these can happen to you at the same day.

There is the last famous place in Curitiba we haven’t been yet, after that we can say we have seen everything in this town. I needed to take two buses to come to Botanical Gardens where we agreed to meet with Sasha, her boyfriend Pasha and our new friend Russian girl Anna (who came to Brazil following her love…. you remember, right). Park was opened in 1991 as city’s trademark with lakes, fountains and flowers designed in the style of French gardens and occupies 240.000 m² area. The main building is a greenhouse of 458 square meters – a collection of tropical plants. This is a very smart idea for a tropical country to build a greenhouse to show tropical plants in there.

Curitiba is the most “western” city from the point of weather and landscape if you can use this word to describe weather. The climate is pretty cold and tricky, most of the year you should wear jeans and jackets with a bit of “shorts” break for a short summer. Even if its’ +30 in a day time under the sun, it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be +19 after sunset.
The biggest flour factory in the city has a name “Anaconda” no one knows why.

And the last part of my “Ukrainian” research in Curitiba. There is Ukrainian square and the monument to Taras Shevchenko in the middle.

I went again to google and this what I found.
Taras Shevchenko:
Birth – 1814 in Moryntsi, Kiev Governorate, Russia
Citizenship – Russian Empire
Died – 1861 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

How on earth he became a Ukrainian poet representing Ukraine as a country which never existed at the time of his life? And I will tell you how. Go to Wikipedia.
Russian page starts from information that he was a writer and poet, he was writing in both languages Russian and Ukrainian. Shevchenko was one of the most important writes of his time made and made a great contribution to the literature. The main word is “writer”.
Ukrainian page starts from: Shevchenko was Ukrainian poet, who started Ukrainian literature, Ukrainian, Ukrainian – 5 times Ukrainian, no matter who he was, the main word is “Ukrainian”. And on top of that – just in these few introduction sentences – Shevchenko convicted for writing in the Ukrainian language, promoting independence of Ukraine and ridiculing members of the Russian Imperial House.
Seriously, people? Independence of Ukraine in the middle of 19th century? Taras Shevchenko was born at the time when Russian Empire still had serfdom. He died at the same year when selfdom was abolished. Russian Empire got some Polish territories with became a part of modern Ukraine nowadays at the end of 17th century. Ukraine got its final borders after the first world war at the beginning of the 20th century and started talking about separation after 1917. This is the history. And this is how they represent it.