Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hi everyone!
I need you to help me with something. When I was in São Paulo, last July, I met a very good friend of mine whom I had not seen for some time. Her name is Sarah. She told me she passed the entrance examination for UFSC and that she is going to move to Florianópolis with her family. I got very happy!
She asked me to help her decide on where to live. She said that she is looking for a house or apartment to rent in the city. She even checked some websites, and right now, she has three options in mind.
The first option is a house in Canasvieiras. She thought of renting a house there because this way I can spend the weekends at the beach with her. The house has a dining room, a living room, a big modern kitchen, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a swimming pool. There are many windows and it’s very bright. The rent is very expensive, buy her parents think it’s worth it. (She’s lucky her parents can afford that!)
The second option is an old apartment downtown. It’s very spacious but it’s not as bright as the house. It has a living room, a kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Besides, there are two parking spaces. Sarah’s parents like this option because it’s near everything.
The third and last option is a small apartment in Trindade. This apartment has a living room, a small kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Sarah prefers this option because it’s closer to UFSC.
I like the three options very much but I need to think about the advantages and disadvantages of each of the places. Can you help me decide which one is the best option? I put some pictures of each neighborhood below.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Back from vacations!

Hello Everyone!

I just came back from vacations, and it was great! I went to my aunt’s house in São Paulo, where I used to spend the summer as a child. There, I met my cousins and we had a lot of fun remembering our childhood games: catch, hide-and-seek, twister, skating… we felt as if we were kids again!

There was only one thing I felt very sad about: the traffic in São Paulo is getting worse! Can you believe we took one hour to go home from the shopping mall? It used to take twenty minutes! There are traffic jams all around the city which contribute to air pollution, too!

I noticed most of the cars had only the driver in them. I've been told (my aunt told me, in fact) it is because there are no facilities for pedestrians and the public transportation systems are crowded, so people prefer to drive.

I think everybody should think more about the environment. The city should provide more bus and subway lines, and people need to be more conscious walking or riding their bikes more often whenever possible.

As I was walking down Viaduto do Chá I saw a person riding a Segway. I liked the idea very much! It is electric and the batteries can go for 35km. What’s best? It emits up to 93% less carbonic gas than any motorcycle or car! Cities should build Segway lanes, and I can’t wait to have my own!

See you all in our virtual classroom,