Unfortunately, I don't have my cowboy boots (or even my super sweet hot pink stiletto-heel cowgirl boots) down here, so I made do with what I had (which happened to be my all-time favorite pair of Italian leather boots that I spent way too much money on and totally spoiled myself with my last year of college and subsequently made Eric question whether or not he could continue in a relationship with someone who would spend that much on a pair of shoes. . . I still maintain they were a good purchase though.)
Late Sunday morning, we went out to the big convention center in Belo Horizonte for SuperAgro 2008 and Expocachaça 2008. Outside, they had barns full of cattle, horses, miniature horses, goats, miniature cattle (I had no idea those even existed!), mules, and donkeys. There was a big showring where they were showing cattle and horses while we were there. I grew up showing sheep and cattle, so this was totally right up my alley! And Eric was really excited to walk through the barns and experience the familiar smells of hay and manure. Of course, there were a few differences too: like how every bovine there had some Brahman heritage (as floppy ears and humps were everywhere!) Inside, there were tons of displays and tasting rooms set up by practically every cachaça (sugarcane liquor) manufacturer in Minas Gerais. We were going straight from there to softball practice, so we did very little tasting, but it was fun to learn more about all the different types and how it is made. Cachaça is a huge part of the culture and tons of it is made right here in our state.
Between the livestock, the dancing, the cachaça, and the canjica, it was a really fun weekend for us. It was a little taste of country with a twist of Brasil!