New Rotary Friends

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , Rio Grande do Sul,
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kiwi fruit and white chocolate on a pizza???

On Tuesday while we were walking along the road, Des and I met Rosa and her boyfriend Midas, (his name is really Maires, which I didn't know until he signed my plaster cast, but he’ll always be Midas to me, as that is what I heard when he was introduced to me. He doesn’t seem to mind one way or the other. In fact, I noticed Diego calling him Midas, for which he got a quick slap on the head, but a good laugh was exchanged too.)

We were walking, which we’re doing a lot of lately, to a Rotary meeting in Frederico Westphalen, when we met the young couple, Rosa and Midas. When we told the young folk where we were going, Rosa said. "Ok, I come with you". This was not a request, but a statement. Rosa, as I mentioned earlier in the pod, is the Martins family exchange student from Finland. She is very effervescent and willing to experience new things. She said she had never been to a Rotary meeting and said, “I want to know about these things” The Martins family call her 'I Want’ because she says it so much. She said she needed to come along to interpret for us. No ifs or buts about it.  Midas was allowed to go home by himself!

The Rotary meeting was expedient and economical and the 12 out of 22 members who came were delighted, and a little surprised, to see us. President Rogerio Vargas dos Santos said “You now have 22 new friends in Frederico Westphalen”, which was so nice to hear. All the members were welcoming and friendly, and we are looking forward to the Barbecue they are having next Tuesday for us.

Rogerio gave Des, Rosa and I a lift to the local pizza bar and introduced us to the owner.  We had a variety of thin crust pizzas served to us one piece at a time The waiters walk around with a tray of pizzas and ask, “Would you like to try this one, it is….” Some combinations of pizza toppings I had never heard of. For example: Four cheeses, cheese and mince, cheese and bacon. These varieties of savoury pizzas had no tomato toppings. The sweet pizzas included:  kiwi fruit and white chocolate,  cherries and chocolate, and also apple crumble pizza (I liked this one). When we had had our fill, the owner’s wife drove us all home. Such good service!
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Julie Zacharjak on

Hi Jenny, say hi to Des for me (I am the receptionist at Peregrine).. I have been hearing about this wonderful trip for months from Des (I'm quite envious - I cant get Zac to take a week off work.. Des will understand).
I'm so very sorry about your arm.. but on the bright side, you are getting to experience things that the average tourist would miss! Keep safe and I hope the arm mends quickly.
Regards to you both


haha, first time i´m reading yours blog and haha, i like your way to write jenny !!

how is going your trip ? i hope that you both are enjoying !

i miss you my aussi (little bit finnish too ) friends !

everything best to you !

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