Sunday, May 22, 2011

Being a tour guide in Rio state


Luiz is everywhere these days. Regular readers know he is taking a two-year course at the state university to be licensed as an official tour guide.  It hasn’t been easy.  He wakes Monday through Thursday at 5:20 a.m. to catch a bus at 5:50 a.m. to get to school in Rio on time. Classes go until 12:30 p.m.

In addition to his new friends, the fun bits about the course are the many “technical” tours he takes of places of interest: museums, the botanical gardens, historical districts, forts, etc.

On Friday I went with Luiz and his classmates to the largest water treatment plant in the world, located just outside of Rio.  This filtration plant, built in 1955, treats 43 cubic meters of water every second, 24/7/365.  It produces all of the clean drinking water for the city of Rio de Janeiro, plus some neighboring cities. It was quite impressive.

Yesterday Luiz went to the Copacabana Fort for a behind the scenes tour.

Nowadays, as we ride the bus through Rio, Luiz points out various places and describes some little known fact about them.  He’s loving this new adventure.
I’m very proud of him (and I love the free tickets to cool stuff!)

3 comments:

bee and jay said...

Props to Luiz for his hard work & dedication! We're hoping to get back down your way late next winter & if Luiz is available for hire at that time we'd love to get an insider's tour! (including your own fine city of Niteroi, which we've not been to.)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Danielle said...

How fun! This course is really turning out to be a great way for both of you to learn more about where you live. :) :)

Ray and Gil said...

Jim,

This course sounds great!
I would love to do it too.
Congrats to Luiz for his determination, discipline and hard work! :)
I imagine all the great things he is learning about Rio seeing all the rich history and culture your region has to offer.

Ray