Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mission 2 - Week 47 (Aug 14, 2017)

Trying to get caught up... again!
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...
Sunday we went to church at the ward where the missionaries attend, so I could pass along one of the Sister's documents (and a bunch of candy for the Elders!).  Church was great, then we rested up at the hotel and Skyped with the kids - after walking around the hotel zoo.  Yes, they had their own little zoo.

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
We also saw a beautiful sunset, along with wild parrots:

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mission 2 - Week 46

Monday was a good productive day at the office.  My last overdue first registration was completed so now I'm caught up on both first and second (renewals) registrations!  Yea!  FHE was on couple relationships, and meeting challenges of being on a mission together, etc.  It was taught by a family counselor that is serving with her husband in the São Paulo West mission office.  Afterward, our little dinner group went to Galettos and we had the parmesan chicken that is always excellent.
Tuesday I still wasn't feeling well, but made it over to the office.  I had awakened in the middle of the night very sick (I was going to provide some details, but decided I'd better not).  It was girl's night out tonight so Mom went while I stayed home and rested.
Wednesday neither of us was feeling well, so we went over to the office and little late and made up the time by leaving early 😛.  Mom went over to the store and bought a few things while I napped.
Thursday morning we got up early and went to the Police station with the Moores to do their first registration.  We also did our visa renewals at the same time.  

This is the Moores with some of the Elders getting registered

We went over to the office in the afternoon.  Mom was so tired she put her head down on the desk and fell completely asleep!  This was a tough week.
Friday Mom picked up a temple session in the afternoon while I was still catching up on work in the office.  She sat next to a Sister from the Cuiabá mission - Sister Cônsolo.  Toinght we went over to Sharmahds for dinner with the Whitings and Shumways.  The food was great and we watched the new Independence Day on their Apple TV.
Saturday we went with Sharmahds and Whitings to the "swap meet" feira, as I call it, then to the Adidas outlet store.  I bought some kaleidoscopes from an old gentleman selling them on the street - planning on giving them to the kids in our ward when we leave.  We had Chinese food at our favorite restaurant off of Paulista avenue, then hurried home to get ready to go see "Singing in the Rain" at the Santander theater - where we saw "My Fair Lady" last year.  It was fabulous!  The Moores came along and we brought Sister Cox as her "going home" present and they all loved it as well.  Three highlights were the two songs "Bom Dia" (Good Morning) and "Faça Rir" (Make 'em Laugh), and then when Don Lockwood was singing in the rain - the theater had been set up to have real water dropping as if it were raining (indoors!) and he walked along kicking the water onto the orchestra and the front row of guests!  It was fantastic, but we did get home a little late.

Us with Sister Shirley Cox

Singing in the Rain cast

Sunday we made it to church (still not 100% though), and the meetings were very good.  We Skyped with the younger kids, then went over to Giovanna's for dinner with her family and a couple friends - that also spoke English.  The food and the company were wonderful.

Br Roman, Us, Son, Mom, Friends, Giovanna
A couple more pictures, just for fun - remember the colorful cows we took several pictures of?  Now it's colorful elephants all around town, here are two!

OK, last pictures - one of a beautiful flower here (grows on a tree), and the other one a picture of the temple under repair - it was closed for two weeks.

Love to all
The Church is True
Dad and Mom