On my first ride out of Novo Repartimento, I saw a massive herd of cattle stampeding up the road. The driver slowed by the side of the road, but when he realized how big the herd was, he had to come to a complete stop to avoid running them over. The herd was massive, with hundreds of cows filling the road like a river for a few minutes. Behind them, three cowboys on horseback drove the stampede. It took a full two minutes and twenty second for all the cattle to pass.
I arrived in Marabá in the afternoon. My host agreed to meet me in a mall when she was done with classes. I got a tray of food at the food court and was invited to sit with some soldiers who were in Marabá for war games. There was a large jungle warfare training ground there, they explained.
My host, when I met her, showed me the city a little, because it was still early afternoon. Marabá is on the fork of two rivers, the larger being the Tocantins. We walked along the riverbank. The water level was very high, due to the heavy rains this season.
We walked through a square and stopped at two restaurants. At the first, we split a bowl of Tacacá, a native soup with thin, dark green leaves. I was told that "the leaves make your tongue funny". Indeed, they gave my mouth a tingly numbing sensation. At the second restaurant, we got a bowl of açaí. Açaí is a berry which supposed to be very healthy and rich in antioxidants. It is often served here in the form of ice cream, and that's how we ate it.
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