By Bobby Neal Winters
At the hotel I stayed at in Rio, when the waiter came to fill up my cup with coffee, he knew I was a foreigner and would always ask, "Media?" (pronounced meh-jee-a) in order to determine whether I wanted it half full with the other half milk. This is because Brazilian coffee is strong.
I now approach "media" of my time in South America. I will be home one week from tomorrow and this makes today effectively half-time. There are some tentative plans, but there is no big half-time show in the works. I would like to ride on the Sao Paulo subway, which I hear is clean and safe. I'd like to kick around aimlessly. buying small items with the idea of improving my Portuguese. Most of all, I need to rest a little bit because the second half is coming up as I leave for Asuncion in the morning.
Plans are (men make plans and God laughs) that I will meet the rest of the PSU-Paraguay contingent at the Sao Paulo airport tomorrow and we share the same flight to Asuncion. We then will be together in Asuncion and I can show them the ropes, as it were. I always like to take the group to Shopping del Sol to get pineapple juice and chipa cuartro queso. It is a great way to get calibrated. Maybe we will dine at Bolsi?
In any case, today I will recuperate and ready myself for the second half.