Two months and a half since I am in Brazil and I never went out from Fortaleza. It was about time. I visited a charming village neraby - Cambuco. With the most charming company :)
10 Но ангелът им рече: Не бойте се, защото, ето, благовестявам ви голяма радост, която ще бъде за всичките люде.
11 Защото днес ви се роди в Давидовия град Спасител, Който е Христос Господ.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Lucas 2, 10-11
10 O anjo, porém, lhes disse: Não temais, porquanto vos trago novas de grande alegria que o será para todo o povo:11 É que vos nasceu hoje, na cidade de Davi, o Salvador, que é Cristo, o Senhor.
You think malls only make us greedy or take the business away from the small enterprises, really mark up the articles and even worse, accustom people to bad values like eating fat pop corn with Coke while watching a movie or buying expensive brands, because they are advertised to be cool.
Most probably you are right.
This is not enough to stop me to write a tribute to malls :)
Recently I am travelling thru extremely moist or dry and mostly hot places. After hours of exploring the streets, the people, the smells and the sounds, you would need a break and if you are out of Europe it is likely not to find ala Starbucks air-conditioned coffee bar around. When I happen to be in a comparatively big city, I would squeeze immediately into the first mall I see. It could be the only public indoor venue you can enter and stay unnoticed as long as you want. Here are my 5 reasons to like malls:
1. It has air-conditioning! If it is 40 degree outside, no shadow and no places to rest, the mall is undoubtedly your saver.
2. It has a bathroom that you can use without paying for it and it is in better condition than those outside if there are any at all. Sometimes I get really tired to ask restaurants for using their bathroom and sometimes, believe it or not, I have no cash for using the public ones.
3. There are always wi-fi spots in the mall. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you have to pay for the service, whatever the case, it is a blessing, because, remember, no Starbucks around.
4. The supermarket downstairs. Some cold water, cheap can of a beer and the cheapest way to have some lunch, buying a tomato with a slice of cheese, for instance.
5. A quick dose of a back-to-civilization feeling. Ok, you are a super-keen tribe explorer and can survive in any harsh conditions, without missing any western stereotype. Respect. Just give me 5 more minutes to have an escalator ride once again up to the 4th floor and I will go straight back to the 12th century, where my home is waiting me beyond several sand dunes. Or back to the whatever nature element I am taming now.
A world is a book, which I am writing travelling and discovering that anything goes in a path full of miracles. Beast or an angel - it is up to you. My greatest life affair is just to keep on walking with respect.