This is a picture of Jose inside his home. Although most people are poor, they always seem to have a TV, as you can see here in Jose's home.
When we go to visit Jose we go past the Catholic cemetery. The cemeteries here are mostly little houses built above ground with places where the caskets are slid in and a little display room where there are usually pictures or flowers. Some of the little houses are just for one family and others are like apartment buildings with lots of different people's remains. Following are some of the pictures of this cemetery.
We went down to Porto Alegre for one P-day on a shopping trip with Kassandra, our non-member friend who runs the bed and breakfast where we stayed. We went to some beautiful shopping centers there and even found a Sam's Club. Here are some pictures of one the shopping centers.
There was a McDonald's there and a large food court with a Subway and a Burger King.
We stopped in a Christmas store and were amazed at all the Christmas things they were selling. Here are some pictures of the inside of this store.
There is a park by the bus station where they have a nativity set up inside a huge tree.
Close to where we live there is a huge angel that they set up in the middle of the street. He is a pretty ugly angel as you can see.
We spent some time this last P-day visiting the Gramado Zoo and the Gaucho Park with the Egberts. The two parks are side by side and we could get into both for one price of about $12 for seniors. This Zoo only has animals that are native to Brazil, lots of birds, monkeys, cats and snakes.
President Nunes, our District President, had to defend his thesis before a very tough board in order to be able to graduate with a degree in business. His board was on Monday night and they did not let him know if he passed or not until Tuesday afternoon. We took him and his wife out to dinner on Tuesday night to celebrate. We went to a fondue restaurant where the first course is the traditional melted cheese where you dip bread, vegetables and fruits. For the second course they bring a hot stone with a flame under it and lots of types of meat that you cook on the hot stone and then eat with a variety of sauces and toppings. The third course is a pot of melted chocolate with a variety of fruits and cookies to dip. Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
This week we went to Novo Petropolis to visit an inactive lady and her 12 year old son. We met the Elders near a park where there is a Santa in Bermuda shorts. It is summer here at Christmas time so he has to keep cool somehow.
We saw a beautiful quilt store in Gramado and had to go in to check it out.
Life is wonderful here and we wish you could all come down to visit so we could show you around.