Thank you good people of Frederico Westphalen
Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
159Trip End Jun 23, 2010
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Where I stayed
Palace Hotel for the last night
I caught the bus 26 kilometers out to Amethyst Do Sul again, to photograph the church of St Gabrielle, which is completely lined with amethyst inside. The font is a solid amethyst as are the candle holders and alter. From the outside it's quite a plain church, but when the doors are opened it’s an amazing sight. All beautiful dark purple and white inside. I was happily photographing for some time before catching the bus back to Des to show him the pictures. Des was washing the motor bikes.
There was a little nativity play on in the square this week, and it really drew a crowd, mostly parents and family, I guess, but never the less, the audience was large. The funny thing about this nativity was that they had real sheep to welcome the baby Jesus, and baby Jesus was a real baby. It was so cute because Mother Mary only looked about 10 years old and she was being so careful with her precious wee baby, of about 4 or 5 weeks of age
We have been talking to our family in Australia regularly on Skype, while we’ve been recovering here in the Palace Hotel, especially at this time when there are some birthdays at home. Sometimes we’ve been just about to go down to breakfast and Dad will be Skyping at nine in the evening in Australia. The time difference is about 12˝ hours.
Occasionally we’ve nearly missed breakfast altogether, (as if that would matter) because we’ve been busy chatting, and the dining room gets locked up at 9am. The Skype has been a God send to us and we’ve really been grateful to be able to talk to the family at home, particularly the grandchildren whom we’re missing.
Des bought a new phone because the old one was seriously confused since the drenching it received during the day of constant rain on the third of November. He’d given it a fair time to come good, but to no avail. It just wouldn’t play the game.
Our card reader also gave up the ghost; hence it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to upload any photos to the pod
Since we’ve been in Frederico Westphalen, we’ve been invited to several functions, so this week we went shopping for thank you gifts for the good people of Fred West. It’s impossible to name everyone who has been kind to us, but I think most of them have been mentioned in this pod.
We were invited to a fish dinner at Pedro and Chica Locatelli’s home along with Daniela and Gabrielle (the interpreter) and the Locatelli’s daughter Caroline. The fish Pedro baked was about half a meter long with a crispy coating, and tasted delicious with Chica’s mayonnaise potato salad. They make a wonderful mango salad here. I’m going to try and get the recipe, because I’ve never tasted anything like it before. Pedro also gave us some clues on how to travel south to meet up with Lou and Lynn, the most expedient way.
While Des and I were getting ready for the Christmas celebration at the Martins, Flor, from Café Sol, came to our hotel room to deliver a special gift. She had painted a glass plate for us with symbols of Brazil on it and a dedication of remembrance to us
Claudia was good enough to come and pick us up for the big night of Christmas celebrations with her friends and family, a gathering of 17 people. Everybody was assigned a special friend to buy something for. My secret friend was Midas and Des’s was Rosa. In this way everybody received a gift. Nilva, Claudia’s mum, had gone to quite a deal of trouble in preparing a dedication of everybody’s special qualities. It was a very different Christmas party to what we are used to, but a lot of fun with good company. Many of the guests had a crack at speaking English, and those who didn't just laughed along with our charades. As usual the food was exceptional and the kids had a ball.