Monthly Archives: September 2007

11% Humidity

I don´t get it…
So you´re saying that
there´s spring in Brazil?

I am.
Equinox, days getting longer,
dry trees getting covered
with colorful little flowers….

Isn´t that spring?

But wait a minute:
You don´t have a proper winter.
It doesn´t get even 10 degrees
colder than the usual.

Well, here´s the deal.
What characterizes winter here
isn´t temperature.
It´s humidity
(Or rather: lack thereof)

Take a closer look at the scenery above:

Got it?

This is Brasília
Friday, 21st September 2007:

Instead of snow, we have dry smog.
(It is dry smog. 
It is not just a dirty lens.)

Humidity level: 11%
(Average in the Sahara desert: 13%)
Over 110 days without rain already.
Next rain expected mid-October.
See any clouds?

It’s a hellish winter:
30 degrees Celsius in the shade…

Even so,
the best thing is to run to the shade
whenever one can find one!


New Routine, New Blog


To mark a new stage in my esterical life, I decided today to start a new blog or two. Their titles are much more self-explanatory than the super-cool internexa and interplexa: is the new internexa. All my posts written in English, old and new, are stored there., in turn, is my new blog in Portuguese. It contains all of interplexa´s old posts, and so much more.

Simple, isn´t it? I thought it was super-simple.

“But Ester, why have you started a new blog, if internexa was already so fantastic?”

Well, here´s the story: although internexa really was quite fantastic, and I had learned a lot using blogspot, I recently started adding more and more photographs to my posts, which made things rather cumbersome. My friend Alexandra, who posts tons of cool photos and videos to her blog every week, a long time ago had recommended me to give wordpress a try. She´d said it was much easier to use, but I was so happy with blogspot that I could not imagine anything easier or better. That is, until this morning.

I will not complain about blogspot because I still feel indebted to it. I had even planned another post heavy on photographs for today (with the suggestive title of “11% Humidity”). However, just the thought of painstakingly uploading each picture one by one exhausted me. So I decided to have a quick look at wordpress. It was love at first click.

So that´s that. I´ll see you there then.

Esterically yours,


Spring in Brasília

As some of you know, I am spending this autumn in Brasília. Only it’s not autumn here, but spring. As the equinox is this weekend, it seems an appropriate time to write a report of my new daily routine.

I wake up in the morning, and look through my window:

After a hearty breakfast, I drive to the university library:

I park a block away. As I walk alone I wonder
what my day will bring me:

I work in the library all morning:

At lunchtime I drive back home:

Our parish’s little library is open every afternoon. That’s where I go after lunch:

Day and winter come to an end in the capital of Brazil.

The end.