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NOVEMBER 2009: Railway
In November 2009, I traveled by train to Ipatinga, a city at about two hundred kilometers east of Belo Horizonte. Unfortunately, Brazil has few railways but there is a rail link between Belo Horizonte and Vitoria, capital of the neighboring state of Espírito Santo. The operation of the railway is owned by mining giant Vale, which transports hundreds of rail cars loaded with iron ore from the mines in Minas Gerais to the port of Vitória each day. As a condition for operating the railway, Vale has the obligation to transport passengers too. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of daily services, and it is lamentable that the trains do not run faster than about fifty kilometers per hour. That day, I left Belo Horizonte early in the morning, and I arrived in Ipatinga in the afternoon. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the beautiful mountain scenery en route.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2009, 2016