Rarely do I catch the bus to The Snuggery, my study and place of residence for the major part of my books, since it takes three to four times longer that way.
Usually, I drive or The Missus takes me by car, when she has chores to do or a Bible study (like today) on a given day. So the commute provides a moment of conversation and consultation about the day. Takes longer to go than to return because of the streets, 15 minutes there, 12-15 back, depending on the time of day and traffic.
We go by the only avenue that gets us across the South Paraiba River toward the main part of the city, then past the Colinas Mall, around the traffic circle, up São João Avenue, down and across a couple more main arteries before landing on the square next to the office.
Sometimes, if early in the morning, I pop in to the padaria and buy bread for The Missus to take back home. And pão de queijo (cheese bread) when they have it. They didn’t this morning.
I took some photos this morning as Vicki drove us to the office — from the car window, so take that into account. (Only the first photo has much glare.)
Eating and drinking in the car is not convenient for a driver, roads are not so smooth, and most cars still are stick-shift. Still, if you’re agile, you can go through the drive-through at McD’s for breakfast, which appeared on the menu about a year ago. We never have. That’s the only drive-through I’m aware of. Not a Brazilian habit as yet, fortunately.
When we moved to our present house, someone voiced a concern that we were far from the church’s meeting place at the time and from the main foci of work. They needed not worry. In a city of 700,000, we’re not that far from the center of town, about 15 min., and 10 min. from catching the main Interstate through the region, the Via Dutra. And as the church here has no permanent building, we’re usually about 15 min. from whatever and wherever we rent. At the moment, 10-12 min.