Down at the state public library opposite the legislature yesterday. It has an old worldy feel, with faded wallpaper, wooden interiors - the usual sort of place in Brazil which should be preserved but so often isn´t.
Except for once it was. Found a few books to wade through on the PT and education in the state. When I stepped out after I had to be careful since the square it´s on is dangerous according to the cousin I´m staying with - he told me to watch out since I might be accosted by deputies from the legislature opposite in search of mensalao (a payment which certain politicians have been getting for votes and which is rocking the political establishment here).