|Bishop Francisco de Assis (second from left) of the IEAB diocese of Sul-Ocidental based in Santa Maria, at an ecumenical service (Catholic, Lutheran & Episcopal presences) in Santa Maria days after the tragedy.|
Things I like a little less are things I don't like much about life anywhere -- shortly after arriving, one of my wisdom teeth that had bothered me some months back decided to act up: perhaps a perfect storm of a few months' worth of problems in the making, tied in with airline travel (pressure changes), a change in altitude (Seattle's at sea level; Sao Paulo is some 2,500 feet above it)...who knows. So last week, I had the problem tooth extracted, and so far, no problem. Then I got stung by a bee on my day off... (not allergic, and local reaction is finally waning, so all is good).
Or as another YASC-er said to me, "Nina. You know, you CAN have times in life that aren't that crazy.."
All of that aside, things truly are really great. Everyone whom I've met here has been absolutely wonderful, and I feel comfortable in adapting bit by bit to Brazilian culture as I learn more. I'm also slowly yet surely learning more about my neighborhood (Santa Cecilia) and bits and pieces of Sao Paulo beyond. Here are a few pictures I took over the weekend: