2.20.2013

Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo – First Day in Sao Paulo

We flew from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo on December 29, 2012. Sao Paulo is where Kelsi served on her mission, specifically the Sao Paulo South mission.

Here is Ryder on route to the airport and on the plane snoozin ;)

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The flight had a ton of turbulence and the stewardess kept talking in Portuguese over the loudspeaker. Of course not knowing the language was freaky because all of the passengers were freaking out when we hit bumps and when the stewardess was talking. It was probably one of the most turbulent flights I’d been on. It was so relieving to land safely. When we did land, everyone cheered! You know a flight is bad when everyone cheers on touch down lol. Anyways, right after the flight, Ryder got hungry so I decided to feed him on a bench while we waited for our driver to arrive.

Funny story: I finally get Ryder nursing, with a nursing cover, and a few minutes in, two Brazilian teenage boys come walking by and come up to me. They start looking DOWN the nursing cover and asking me questions. I’m like “Uhh, I speak English, not Portuguese!"" Haha! I think it was weird for them that I was nursing with a nursing cover and they wanted to be immature and come try to see! They were laughing and saying who knows what and then eventually they left…it was very interesting haha! In Brazil, people are very open and just nurse wherever, whenever, and not with a cover. I even saw girls walking around the mall nursing their babies in public. {Kelsi’s friend told me she liked my nursing cover. I’m pretty sure she hadn’t seen one before.}

Anyways, finally our driver arrived and we headed off to the Marriott Renaissance in Sao Paulo. It was a modern upscale hotel and so nice!

On Sunday, December 30, we had an early morning. Kelsi wanted to attend 2 of the wards in her mission area so we went to one at 8 am and then caught the end of another ward a couple of hours later.

Here we are walking from the first ward to the closest area to catch a taxi to the next ward! We were walking through housing and some of the hills were so steep so we kept going up and down them. Also- the sidewalks were sometimes SO bad that you literally couldn’t push a stroller around because the sidewalks aren’t level and have ledges and edges coming up and down. Hopefully that makes sense. Kelsi told us beforehand that you might not be able to use a stroller in some areas and now I know what she was talking about!

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Finally we made it to a place to catch a taxi and got to the second ward. It was so funny attending another ward in a country whose language you do not understand! My mom and I sat there singing (and I’m sure butchering the pronunciation of words) hymns in Relief Society together. Also, I picked up that the lesson was on modesty as the teacher was drawing outlines of clothing styles on her body!

Here is Ryder making friends! Kelsi thought she may not know a ton of people in each ward because it had been awhile and she was a brand new missionary there (and didn’t know the language that well then) but she knew TONS of people! They all kept coming up to her and then trying to speak to us! It was cool to see Kelsi interact with others speaking Portuguese. Also, everyone was so welcoming towards us! That is one thing I love about Brazil! Everyone is so warm, friendly, giving, and willing to serve. They seem like generally really happy people. I wish I knew some Portuguese to communicate better!

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I felt funny taking a stroller around in church but hey, he was sleeping in it, didn’t want to take him out, and we got it for this trip! I think in some wards in certain parts of the country or world, people take their strollers to church! In Colorado, you just really don’t need to. Also, the sign below ‘Fraldario’ is the nursing lounge. I asked the bishop’s wife and luckily she showed it to me! That is a very important room if you are nursing haha. In one of the church buildings the nursing lounge actually had a window…I thought that was funny! Kind of defeats the purpose?

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After we hit up the second ward some members drove us to Walter’s home (a member). He had invited us over for lunch that day. We all hung out, ate some really good food with some meat I really liked (the seasoning was so good!), and hung out some more. We were there for most of the day while Kelsi spoke in Portuguese to them and then translated what they were talking about in English. It was a fun afternoon. There were several members over for lunch and more come over in the afternoon. The lady in the picture below didn’t want me to take Ryder when I had to leave haha. She was like nope!

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View from Walter’s house.

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Walter and another member drove us all the way to the Marriott Renaissance when it was getting closer to dinner time. They didn’t want us to take a taxi and basically wouldn’t even let us so they drove us! That is exactly what I am talking about when I say the Brazilians are so willing to serve! We decided to walk around and find a place to eat and found an amazing bakery/restaurant. On the way we passed a pharmacy called Farto, haha! What a name!

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Some of the treats in the restaurant!

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I wish I knew what the restaurant was called because it was amazing but it is very close to the Marriott Renaissance, like a 5 minute walk! I’d say our first night in Sao Paulo was a success!

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