Parque das Águas

Parque das Águas, created in 2000 is more of a walking park then it is a water park, well the way we think of water parks. The “water park” is located in an area where studies have found excellent water quality existing under the ground on which the park/recreation area was built…thus the name Parque das Aguas.

Parque das Aguas is just around the corner from where I live and lately has become the favorite morning walking spot for the “Resende girls” We usually meet at the park at 9:30 and walk for a couple hours. The park is a series of paths, and I am not actually sure how far it is to do one loop, but in 2 hours we can do quite a few.

Parque das Aguas

The park is different from where I was used to walking in China ( I like Wulihe better) but it is a great alternative and with the sidewalks and roads being in such disrepair here in Resende, I suppose it is a safe place too!

The park has outdoor exercise equipment much like China, as well as more traditional equipment that would be in a gym. Most days they are being used.

Outdoor exercise equipment similar to China

more traditional gym equipment

There are three wells in the park, where people stop and get fresh clean water, and outside the park is a place where many residents in the area come to fill jugs of water.

water fountain with delicious drinking water
fresh water at the Parque das Aguas

There is a pond, and playgrounds, supposedly free wifi, washrooms and a canteen.

Pond
Playground
playground

 

Canteen

The thing that I really enjoy is the wildlife. There are lots of interesting birds there and this week we have been amused by a couple. The female bird has laid 4-5 eggs(its hard to tell for sure) on the grass close to one of the concrete borders. The male stands guard close by, not too far off. On Monday, there was a grounds keeper raking and the female was squawking and the male, being the protector, kept squawking and making swoops at the grounds keeper to chase him off. The grounds keeper was smiling ( obviously he is familiar with this) We were intrigued and watched the whole situation. When we tried to move in to get a better picture, the male eyed us and started to make a run at us! Very interesting! The last few days the male hasn’t been so aggressive but he makes sure he keeps his eye on us!

Female sitting on her nest
Protective male
The male doesn’t wander too far…very protective!
Better duck because the male was swooping in!

There is also a cute little owl that occupies a particular tree. It is so cute and tiny it almost looks stuffed. It is pretty good about letting us get close to snap his picture but there is a boundry line…Pam found that out when she stepped on the bench to get closer!

Owl keeping watch from his tree
Isn’t he cute?

And of course lots of other little birds and flowers…

Unusual bird

When we walk the circuit the mountains are the backdrop…I really do live in a beautiful place!

Love the backdrop!
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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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