Several in the office took Monday off as well, so we decided to do likewise. We went to Livraria de Cultura (bookstore) to see if they had any good books. We got a São Paulo tour book and a new dictionary (ours is well worn).
|Sample a book before you buy|
Tuesday was Tiradentes Day so we went to the zoo as a group of senior couples. Getting there involved watching reflections of buildings while waiting for a bus ride, a bus ride, three metro rides, and another bus ride.
|Modern example of Cubism art form|
|Bus ride (with the Hales)|
|Metro ride (the uncrowded leg of the trip)|
|Another bus ride|
|Rainstorm on the bus|
|Turtles and crocks|
|Behold the hippopotamus|
|A Mormon Missionary|
|The fish was this big!|
|Watch out! It's the dinosaur's hatchday|
|Do I dare go in there?|
|Sure, it's no big deal|
|Unless he eats my companion|
|Have some pomonha|
|This is not a birthday cake|
|My birthday card - crazy bunch!|
On Friday we took off a little early and went to a produce market down the street to get some fruits and vegetables. We then got an invitation from the Hales and DePaula's to see "The Avengers" for dinner and movie night. It was sold out so we saw "Fast and Furious" in 3D which started earlier, then ate at a pizza buffet afterward (I couldn't eat it so I got a regular buffet for half the price).
On Saturdays, after cleaning the apartment, we like to go out and explore the city. The goal this week was to see Liberdade (the Chinatown of São Paulo). Actually it is where more Japanese live than anyplace outside of Japan, but if I called it Japantown no one would be able to picture what it is like - and there are plenty of Chinese there too. There were crowded streets and even more crowded arcades selling all kinds of "stuff". It did have an Asian flavor to it, but nothing like Tokyo and Beijing.
|Everyone wants to buy something (except for us)|
|We waited in line for a quick photo in a small garden|
|This is São Paulo - busy streets and tall buildings|
|You are now in Liberdade|
|Museum of early São Paulo|
|A guardian of the streets of São Paulo|
|Museum of São Paulo|
|Courtyard by a restaurant|
|Approaching 25 de março|
|Does she look like she has had enough?|
|One section of the indoor market|
|Look out below!|
|View of our apartments (left) taken from the temple|
|A row of closed stores|
Tonight we had a stake missionary fireside. Current missionaries and former missionaries were asked to attend and wear their name tags. They went around and had everyone tell their names, what mission they served in, and what years they served. We were very impressed with all of the returned missionaries in the stake. Most of them served in Brazil. The church is in good hands in Brazil.