Wednesday, April 26, 2017

People Along my Path

Madeline - a teen-aged girl I met at a waterfall in Minas Gerais who told me about all the places she'd ever lived including several I had visited on our big Brazil trip.

Maria Alice - a lady her 30's - 40's who was a rather out of place student at a Bible college who told me how she had heard the call of God as a teen and not answered but now she was.

The lady from Rattlesnake - yes, that was the name of her city, Cascavel.  We met in the waiting line for the bus at the Iguassu Falls.  She told me how she had come there on her honeymoon and had always wanted to return.  Her husband had passed away but she was there with her daughter.

Carmen - the owner of a bed and breakfast where we stayed in Brasilia who told us all about how she came to be the host of an inn and all about her daughters' lives.

Ed - an old German immigrant we met at a Lutheran church we attended on our trip who told us about his life and farming in the state of Paraná.

Little campground cleaning lady - I'm not sure if I learned this lady's name but I did enjoy watching her work around the campground while the rest of her family seemed to do little to nothing.

Singing cleaning lady - I came upon this lady singing while she cleaned the public bathrooms in a little place called Igatu.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

All Around Brazil in 4 Minutes

We arrived home from our big trip this past Thursday, April 13 around 8 o'clock in the evening.  We left happy and arrived the same.  All in all it was an incredible experience and I'm so glad that we did it....

You can read all about each place we visited at our travel log @ 

Trip Stats:

  • slept in the back of Pajero 4 times at truck stops
  • stayed with friends 4 times
  • slept at a bed and breakfast once
  • stayed at one cheap hotel
  • spent one night at a hostel
  • stayed two nights at a campground
  • stayed in guest accomodations at two Bible colleges
  • visited three museums 
  • visited three national parks, three state parks, and one city park
  • took around 4500 photos between the three of us
  • visited three Bible colleges
  • saw 5 different waterfalls including the largest of Brazil
  • visited one cave
  • took paid tours of three cities
  • ate at three different Burger King restaurants 
  • one Subway
  • one McDonalds
  • one self-service grilled meat restaurant
  • stopped at one mechanic
  • ate about 20 tuna fish sandwiches, 20 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and around 20 cheese and salami
  • saw quatis, lots of tropical birds, a dead iguana, lots of cats and dogs, a lizard or two and one snake, a couple of ox and a few horses and cows, ah, a goat or two and a few sheep
  • paid some BR$200 in road tolls
  • saw all kinds of churches but mostly Christian Congregational and Roman Catholic and quite a few Evangelical Foursquare
  • saw one Islamic Worship Center
  • traveled around 6000 kilometers or the equivilant of 3728 miles
  • were gone for 17 nights and 18 days

Crazy Experience

And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you,  he shall by no ...