Friday, April 29, 2011
After last nights rotary club presentation we went to a bar on the beach to celebrate Marcelos Birthday and say goodbye to the great friends we made in Sao Luis. The hospitality that was extended to us from the Sao Luis Rotary clubs was phenomenal and it was sad to say goodbye as we moved onto our next stop.
Our flight left on time, however after a few attempts to land in Teresina our pilot told us that we would be going to Fortaleza as the fog was too thick. After dropping some passengers off in Fortaleza we headed back to Teresina where our new host families were waiting to greet us three or four hours later than we all expected. We had the day free to sleep, study and visit with our new hosts.
This evening we presented to all the clubs in Teresina at a dinner, there were about 100 people in attendance representing the ten clubs they have here in the City.
Tomorrow we are hitting the road for 5 days to head to the coast and see some of the state of Piaui.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
We then headed to the ABCMi centre to celebrate their 15th anniversary. The facility is a senior's drop in centre for exercise, church, painting, singing and computer access. As we witnessed, seniors in Brazil really, really like cake! They must have worked up quite the appetite doing Tai Chi!
We then headed to the Praia Grande Rotary Club lunch meeting. We presented our slide show about life in Canada. Our gracious hosts had several gifts for us visitors, which was an unexpected surprise. The members of this club included most of our host families. And in usual Brazilian fashion... we ate some more!
Most of our exchange group headed to the beach for a beer. I have not been handling the heat as well as others and headed to my host family's house for a rest and to post a blog. We are heading to the next city on our tour very early tomorrow. But first, we have our last Rotary Club visit this evening and then a 5 am flight in the morning!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
After a few hours at the park we went to our first rotary meeting at the Sao Luis Ponta D'Arcia Rotary Club. As the club members arrived we were introduced and then enjoyed lunch with them. The club brought in a translator who helped us with our presentation on the 4 Canadian seasons.
After the meeting we visited 3 museums in the old part of Sao Louis for the afternoon.
This evening we attended another Rotary meeting at the Sao Luis Anil Rotary club. This meeting was held in the presidents house and dinner was brought in by all the members. We presented again and exchanged banners with the club, our friend Marcelo was with us to translate for us.
It was 35 degrees today, and rained on and off all day so the humidity was very high.
Monday, April 25, 2011
"I'm melting! Melting!"
-- The Wicked Witch
Simple put, today was hot. We started the day at a Rotary Sponsored house for improvised children. From what we gathered, the kids can spend time at the school learning, using computers and can eat there as well. In the evening, adults and the elderly also can access the resources. There were about 12 children there when we arrived. They were playing a game with dried black beans and a rock. However their attention was easily redirected with same mementos that we brought including Canada flag pins, pencils and stickers. The centre just recieved a grant to purchase machines to start a bakery under the school. Students will learn these skills and provide food for the neighborhood.
We then headed to the town of Ribamar, which is about 40 kms from Sao Luis. It is known for religious pilgrimages, the beautiful church and numerous statutes. Located right on the coast line the beach looked fantastic from the view at the church. We also saw where local fisherman bring their haul into port to sell.
On our way back to Sao Luis, we stopped for lunch with our hosts Carlos, Divanna and Marcelo. The lunch was fantastic and consisted of various fish and seafood dishes, rice and sauces. Polished off with some Brahma and Coke, we headed for some downtime at the mall.
Lastly, we returned to the old city centre for a tour of the city and history lesson. There was a little shopping in the market and we finished the evening with the most unusual hotdog. The toppings included ground meat, cabbage, green peas, mayo and ketchup. Sounds awful but surprisingly delicious.
Time for bed.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
After the ride, we split up and went for the Easter meal with our host families - I attended Divanna's Mother's house where there were many family members and an aunt who was celebrating a birthday. It was very special to be invited to be part of their family celebration and even with the language barrier, we had a good visit and a great time.
Jenny and Laurie went to Jenny's host mother's mother's house for a meal and Brenda went to Conscita's house where she was hosting her family for the meal.
After all the celebrating, we checked into our hotel for our day off, and Jenny and Laurie lounged around the pool while Brenda and I ended up for a few beverages at a beach side bar after a walk/run on the beach.
Tonight, we are taking it easy, catching up on some computing and sleep, and getting ready for the next four days of touring and presentations.
I will attach some pictures from the last few days for your viewing pleasure (at Leo's bar with Marcelo and Cristiane; at the sand dunes; me in my Bumba Meu Boi costume; Brazilian bbq (yes its a wheel barrow - very ingenuitive)
Saturday, April 23, 2011
We all stayed the night at the Farm, there were about 15 of us all in Jose's home.....it was quite a big place. The kids and women had beds inside and the men slept in hammocks outside.....we figured after the whisky that the men would be okay with the sleeping arrangements, and they were.
Today we awoke to more food, more cervejas and more whisky awaiting us. We spent the entire day at the farm relaxing, touring the coconut plantation, visiting,and resting in the hammocks. It rained and thunder stormed all day so it was a perfect day to relax at the farm. We are now back in Sao Luis and Are spending the evening with our host families.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
We took a boat ride through the water and stopped at these sand dunes. After graciously dismounting from the boat and hiking the sand, we spent some time in the ocean. Some took the waves better than others (right Keith) but the water was beautiful. After finding the boat again, we headed for lunch with Antonella's House (at least, that is what I gathered from the Portuguese conversation). We tried various dishes of fish, crab, meat, rice, more rice and fried bananas. Of course, there was Brahma!
Time for a shower to rinse away the sea salt and a nap!