Seven years ago my first contract with Princess was on the former ROYAL PRINCESS, the small “R-class” ship since shoved down the line and now scheduled to sail for Carnival’s new fathom Cruises, Carnival’s do-gooder, give-back-to-society shot at making a positive impact rather than the sometimes negative impact cruising makes on a society. [It’s actually a fantastic idea! Check it out! Trips to the Dominican Republic and … ta dah! … Cuba!]
Anyway my first trip working for Princess was from Europe to Manaus, Brazil, and then spending several months doing the run from Ft Lauderdale up the Amazon to Manaus. On the Amazon we would stop at a little, and I do mean little, village beside the river called Boca da Valeria, nicknamed by the crew Boca da Malaria. It was a tiny, tiny village, and in my humble opinion not one where the visit of the cruise ships had a positive impact. Try as I might I couldn’t get guests, or crew, to stop giving out candy to the kids in order I suspect to feel like the great, white whatevers. The village was lucky to see a visiting dentist once a year! And not just the kids: everyone in this poor village was hustling for money. Little kids dressed up in feathers begging for dollars and kids with every kind of animal on a string posing for dollars. In an effort to protect the rain forest Brazil outlawed exporting ANY kind of wood product, so although local artisans had beautiful wood carvings they weren’t allowed back on the ship.
We visited Boca da Valeria and Parintins for several months, every ten days, and I always chatted with Freyzer who knew enough English to talk about his hopes and dreams of going to art school. Thanks to Facebook, I’ve been able to keep in touch with Freyzer through the years and watch him grow as a man, tour guide, eventually working on Holland America traveling the world and hanging out in all the great museums and galleries, and most of all I’ve watched him become this incredibly gifted artist. He has had shows in various cities around the world, and actually been accepted to various art schools and to work in connection with museums in Florida … with only one problem … the US won’t give him a visa.
Freyzer recently posted this on Facebook …
Tentei marcar os pontos no mapa com as minhas andanças por aí.. o sonho de um garoto se tornou realidade.Atualmente sou um artista profissional autodidata e domino as técnicas com tinta a óleo, acrílico e aquarela. Atraves da arte ja estive em diferentes partes do mundo mostrando as belezas da Amazônia a bordo de navios cruzeiros ms Maasdam e ms Prinsendam da companhia Holland America Line entre outros.
A arte é minha vida e vou fazer isso até o dia que eu parar de respirar. Enquanto isso não acontece, continuarei me movimentando pra onde a arte quiser me levar.
Minha religião é a arte . . . . Obrigado DEUS por me permitir ser um artista.
And for those of us who don’t read Portuguese, the automated translation …
I tried to mark the points on the map with my wanderings around.. The dream of a boy has become a reality. Currently I am a professional artist auto-Didact
and conquer the techniques with ink the oil, acrylic and aquarel. Through the art I was already in different parts of the world showing the beauties of the Amazon on board ships cruise liners ms maasdam and ms prinsendam of the company Holland America line among others.
Art is my life and I will do this until the day I stop breathing. While this is not me, I will continue moving to where the art wants to take me.
My religion is the art. ………… . Thank you God for allowing me to be an artist.
So what’s the fuss? See for yourself …
If you’re a high-powered attorney who knows your way around the visa process, front and back doors, an Ambassador or someone with US pull, an art lover, or a collector who wants an early Freyzer … let me know and I will put you in touch with The Artist.
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