Monday evening our FHE was exercising with the Oldies, which was fun. We left the couples' FHE early (not because we couldn't keep up!) to meet Ric Davids (our foreign exchange student) at a mall not too far away (5 bus stops). He said to meet him outback, so we were asking people where the back of the mall was and really no one could tell us. Then we saw the Outback restaurant! We sat inside waiting because we had arrived early. Finally twenty minutes later I sent him a message and he said he was already inside! The food was delicious (better than USA) but not as good as the gelato that we had afterwards - possibly the best we've tasted, except maybe for Italy.
Tuesday evening we went to the temple with one of the Elders that served in the office in Cuiabá, and we got to meet his parents. It was a lovely experience. Each time we go to the temple we understand a little more (that might go for everyone!). Elder Freire has wonderful, kind parents and it was fun to tell them what a great missionary he was.
|Us with E. Freire and his Parents|
The area is neat because several of the streets are now sidewalks where people set up and sell different things, sing songs, and attempt to entertain.
|One of the artist street vendors that we saw|
|This is what it looked like in all four directions|
|It was a pretty unlucky day for us :)|
Friday night the ward had a wonderful high priest dinner and dance. I wish we would have had our phone or camera so we could have shown you the tables of food - it was beautiful and yummy. I cannot say enough about the wonderful feeling we get as we interact with the beautiful people here. As dad and I walked around the room to meet and greet everyone (the custom here), hugging (Mom) and kissing (Mom), laughing and conversing, everyone was so sincere and kind and they all tell me I am speaking well, which is pretty fun I will admit.
|Stake High Priest Social (we are right front)(yes, we did dance!)|
|You can see how hard the wind was blowing.|
We sure love you all, we are having a wonderful experience already where it took awhile in Cuiabá to adjust. We think the mission president is going to assign us to a different ward or brand outside the city, so that should be interesting.
|Here they don't try to hide which products are better than others! :)|
|Mom with a Christmas Tree in the Mall|
|Celebrating 50 Years as a stake|