Monday we went with Sharmahd's to the transit office to apply for their bus/subway passes. All the couples that have gone with us have now received their passes - the passes actually got sent to them (we had to go to the main office to get ours!). I spent a lot of the day doing Sister Cox's travel arrangements for her trip home with family and friends (I'm pretty good at it already!). FHE was the Shoiser's, the Brazilian couple that works in church publicity. There are a lot of things being done with "Helping Hands" - which started here in Brazil!
Tuesday we took the travel folks to lunch over at the food court at the mall. After work we went over to a new hamburger joint across the street from our apartments, called Charlie Burger, with a bunch of the couples. It was good, but overpriced.
|Work group - Us, Mirian, Jouber, Daniel (Passeys in background)|
|Charlie Burger has a "skateboard" motif - maybe their|
grandson helped decorate??
Wednesday was another productive day in the office. Spent time getting ready for the big trip tomorrow to Belém and Manaus.
Thursday marked the beginning of our trip - we left after work and flew to Belém, a city that sits at the mouth of the Amazon river in the far north of Brazil. We arrived late and checked in at the Grand Mercure Hotel (just down the street from the Mission Office). Went right to bed.
Friday we checked out, but left our suitcases at the hotel while we visited places of interest in the city. We walked down to the docks and took an Uber to Mangas das Garças, a cool park in the city.
The lighthouse at the park was closed so we couldn't go up into it, but we got a lot of good pictures.
We visited the cathedral, then walked through the docs back over to the big marketplace. It was a little "dicey"...
We had some awesome ice cream at Cairu, then took a sunset boat tour of the river. The only tour we could book, was a "dance cruise", so it had a lot of music and dancing!
Afterward, we ate at one of the restaurants at the docks, the picked up our bags and went to the airport for our 2AM flight to Manaus!
We arrived in Manaus about 4AM, and we were dead tired so we went to our hotel and asked to check in a day early. Totally worth it to rest up. Then we went to the Manaus Temple, took some pictures and went through the 1PM session. We thought that since the temple is a big one, it would have clothes to rent... Wrong! Luckily, we were missionaries so they got permission to accommodate us with temple clothing they keep on hand (the sizes were "fairly" close!).
Tonight we went to an awesome fish restaurant, recommended by our taxi driver when the restaurant we had chosen on the internet didn't pan out. It was probably the best fish we have ever eaten.
|Sorry, no picture of the fish - this time...|
|Started with the Monkeys!|
|Cool Parrots (we have some wild ones later!)|
|I think this is a Peccary, or something like that.|
|And, of course, the Alligator|
|These are wild parrots that were way up in a tree, but|
I had my telephoto lens... :)
|I love the coloring under their wings - caught|
this one in flight.
More on the trip in the next week's report.
The Church is true everywhere.
Love to you all
Dad and Mom