We thought you might be interested in some of our activities like grocery shopping and filling the car with gas. This is the grocery store we use most as it is just a few blocks from where we live. It is called National and is owned by Wal Mart. To see the pictures more clearly just tap on the first one and see them on full screen then scroll through them all.
Below is a picture of the gas station we use a lot. The price is for one liter, so you can see that gas is more expensive than in the U.S. R$3.08 per liter would work out to about $4.54 per gallon at the current exchange rate. They still pump the gas for you here so you don't have to get out of your car, unless you are paying with a credit card and you have to go inside to pay. The R$ 2.82 price is for a liter of diesel.
We have also been doing a lot of shopping at a store called Pro-Lar. It is a four story variety store with things like pots & pans, dishes, tools, desk supplies, clothes, rugs, fishing and hunting gear, electrical appliances, linens, plastic shelves and boxes, etc.
Buildings here a mostly made from cement and brick. Following are a couple of pictures of buildings under construction. The top one is a billboard showing what the building will look like when it is finished and the second one is want is looks like now. The bottom one is an apartment building that is going up.
A lot of the houses are build on cement supports, which they will fill in at some point and build more rooms downstairs. Some of the supports don't look too strong and would surely fall down if they ever had an earthquake here. This first house is even missing some of its supports under the porch.
Some of the mansions have long driveways with a gate out front and, because the vegetation is so thick, you cannot even see the houses.
Any place there is not a building the vegetation grows very thick like a jungle.
Because Gramado is mostly on top of the mountains we also have some beautiful views of valleys around us.
The current sisters here in Gramado are Sister Cuaycal from Ecuador, Sister Ramos form Rio de Janeiro, Sister Peixoto from Sao Paulo, and Sister Rocha from Maceio.
Gramado is known for all the Hydrangeas (Hortencias in Portuguese) that they have around the city. They are just starting to come out in full bloom and are magnificent. They are lining the main road coming into the city.