Hi kids! This week I will be talking about the area in Lago Sul known as Jardim Botânico. I’m not talking about the Botanical Garden, although it is lovely, but the Jardim Botânico commercial district. I’m guessing it’s called that because of its location next to the Jardim Botânico. I’m pretty good at deductive reasoning. The area is just up around the corner from my house, and if there’s one thing I like, it’s not straying too far from home, because agoraphobia. Head up QI 23 in Lago Sul and the Jardim Botânico district is right at the top (take a right at the third roundabout). You are likely to find anything you might need here, from blood tests (Sabin Labs) to plants. More importantly, you will find a lot of things you don’t need, but will die if you don’t get them. This happened to me, but more on that in a bit. There is a shopping mall right in the middle of all the little shops, which I have yet to explore, because my limit of outside exposure always runs out by the time I’m done looking at plants and furniture.
The first group of shops mostly sells plants. I filled up my shady patio with plants recommended by the knowledgeable staff at several of these places. And as you can imagine, trying to convey my needs in portuguese was an adventure that went something like, “Need plants. Need [pantomime of planter/pot]. Big. No many sun.” Anyway, two years later and my plants are going gangbusters, even if my portuguese isn’t.
A little furthur down on the same side of the street is a Saturday market, Feira do Produtor do Jardim Botânico. The market is filled with fresh, inexpensive produce and other items. Keep in mind that this isn’t the wonder that is CEASA, but if you live in Lago Sul, it’s a great little place to stock up on produce for the week. I actually like it better, because CEASA can be a bit overwhelming when you are special like me. Aside: right now I typing with mustard seeds taped to my ear. Google it, it’s totally a thing!
Okay, so remember three minutes ago when I mentioned buying things you didn’t need but would die if you didn’t get them anyway? That happened to me inside one of these furniture stores. Now, my living room is very big, and here is a picture of my coffee table. Well, a picture of all of our coffee tables, really:
The price was beyond what I was willing to pay, so I offered the lady half the amount she quoted, in cash. And she said yes! She even had it delivered 20 minutes later (after a quick run to the cash machine and a tearful call to my husband explaining how I couldn’t afford NOT to buy the thing at that price). And here it is:
How about a closer look?
Now, before you get your panties in a bunch about my couches not looking like government-issue couches, here is what they look like under my $50 IKEA slipcovers:
So, that’s my take on all the goodness that can be found in the Jardim Botânico shopping district. Let me know if you buy something super weird or awesome there!