Saturday was the second of our free days. We started off the day by going to Hiper Bompreço (a big superstore kind of like Wal-Mart, actually its owned by Wal-Mart). We went there to get some groceries for the next few days and to get ice cream and stuff to make cookies for the party that night. We ate lunch at the Pizza Hut in Hiper. Pizza Hut is really good down here (I’m not one usually for pizza). I think I like it so much better down here is they put way less tomato sauce on it. Anyways, its also one of the most expensive restaurants we will eat at. After we eat, we took our groceries back to the school and put them up.
For the next part of our day, we went to the downtown area. First we went to the zoo. It was worth the R$1,00 to get in, but not much more than that. For those that are curious, R$1,00 is equal to about 42 cents. The exchange rate isn’t quite as good this year as it was last. A lot of the animals were just in their feeding cages. It must have been their nap time or something. Oh well… We did get to see some cool birds, monkeys, and quati. After the zoo we went to the São Francisco Church. Jesse, Amy, and I did the tour of the church. I don’t think some of the people from Laurel could handle visiting this church. It had a lot of beautiful sculptures and paintings of Jesus on the cross. The church is no longer used for religious services anymore. They have turned the upstairs into kind of a history of the church and the city. After we finished this church, we headed to the old governor’s mansion. We watched the sunset from there and then took a bus back to the school.
Saturday night was our first LST party of our project. We had a small turnout, but it still turned out to be a lot of fun. We just played miscellaneous games and relays. I kind of missed the first couple of games because Lori had showed up with my laundry. I figured it was kind of important to start getting my clothes hung so they might dry before church started the next morning. It was a really good time though. The flash on my camera had been set to full power, so I have a lot of over exposed pictures… I’ll try to fix some of them, but a lot of them will take some work to fix. I have only put up a few of the better ones on my site for now.
Today (Sunday), we had church in the morning. Afterwards, we ate lunch with Joe McKinney and his kids, The Hagewoods, and Ricardo and his sons. The women were all out on a women’s retreat this weekend (except Lori for obvious reasons). Which reminds me, a comment was made at the party last night that you could tell the women were absent because of our decorations. After lunch, I ended up going with Lori, her mom, and Amy to the Artisan market. I’ve been a few times, so I new exactly what I was looking for. I should have just walked back from the market. I had a reader at 3:00. At 2:30 I said we probably ought to get going. Of course, we don’t leave until 3:10. Thank goodness Chad was willing to cover. Davison was the only reader to show up at 3:00. Then my 4:00 reader showed up at 4:25. Before I tell you who he is, let me tell you a little about him. He’s CRAZY! HAHAHA He’s also very good at Pump It Up. A game very similar to Dance, Dance Revolution. After his session, he hung out with us for a while. Chad, Amy, and I had decided we needed to get out, so we decided to go to the Mall. There is food there and there is also a movie theater. Well on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the movies are R$12,00. When we had gone earlier it was just R$8,00. The movie was also going to start really late, so we decided to come back on another day to see it. Since my reader had one credit for Pump It Up, we went into Gamestation and watched him play. He’s very good. Way better than I would be. Now let me introduce this reader to you. He’s Iordan. I can’t quite think of anybody at the CSC or at Laurel with an attitude like his. Well after we watched him do his four songs, we caught a bus back to the school. Since the last time I was here, they have gotten a ping pong table. I’m not as good as Charlie or Joey, but I’m not all that bad either. The paddles and ping pong balls have been missing up until today. I played Nielson and it wasn’t even a match.