We started Thursday morning with an American breakfast at the Zauggs. It included bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, and pancakes (Diane made some gluten-free pancakes for Sister Thomson and me - delicious).
|Missionaries like to eat|
|The Mormonada on a bonde|
|Let's go for a ride|
|What does this bell do?|
|It's almost June - corn season|
|Following the leader - Diane|
|Fun toys at the Shopping|
Our afternoon plans were different from the other couples so we headed out on our own. We crossed the mighty (stinky that is) Tiete River and the Margenal (a highway of 11 lanes on one side of the river and 13 lanes on the other side).
We went to the closest metro station. There was a festival today for Corpus Criste, which had thousands of people attend. Most of them were in the metro station.
Two more metro rides and a train ride took us to São Miguel Paulista where Val lives. While we were serving in the Salt Lake South mission we were able to help the missionaries teach Val. she was baptized in Salt Lake then returned to São Paulo. We have been trying to find the opportunity to visit her since we arrived in Brazil. We finally did it. All we had was an address, but we found her house - and she was home.
We were also able to talk to her husband about the church.
She wanted to show us the chapel where she attends church so we were able to take a walk through the neighborhood. This is the farthest east we have been in São Paulo, which is strange since we are officially in the São Paulo East mission.
When we ended our visit we took a train, two metro rides, and a bus ride to return to our apartment. We went past some of the areas in the São Paulo East zone, such as Brás, Mooca, and Tatuapé.
On Saturday we went with Emerson and his family to see Cintia's new house in Indaiatuba, which is close to Campinas. She rides a bus to and from work every day, about a 1.5 hour ride each way. We stopped in Jundiaí on the way so Emerson could deliver a package to a friend for his daughter who is serving a mission in Campinas.
|Rio Tiete and the Margenal|
|Tiepe metro station|
|Val and her husband|
|Jardim Romano Chapel (São Miguel Paulista stake)|
|Street art in the Vila Mara neighborhood|
|Waiting for the metro at the Brás station|
|A package for a missionary|
|Swimming pool in the back yard|
|A game of golf anyone?|
They fixed a churrasco for lunch. A grill is a must for every house.
Cintia also has two daughters and a dog.
We then went for a walk around the condominium and the playground.
I was able to be a child again and play with the kids.
It was a beautiful area - tempting to move away from the city.
Laura bright a ball along so we played futebal in the street as we returned to the house.
We really enjoyed our very relaxed visit. We need more of this.
On the way back we stopped at a highway convenience stop. This one was decorated as an American 50s malt shop.
The São Paulo 5th ward had an activity to honor the sisters. The men prepared a meal and served it to the sisters in the ward. We were late getting back from Indaiatuba so we were 1/2-hour late for the activity, just in time for it to start.
|Meat is on the barby|
|Cintia and her husband|
|Rest time for Emerson's family|
|This totter doesn't teeter so well|
|Pirates raid the castle|
|A flower among the flowers|
|Soccer with no goal|
|Cintiq's house party|
|Para Elas (for Hers)|
|Sister Shumway and Sister Wheeler|