20 hours of traveling, The flight from Salt Lake to Atlanta and from Atlanta to Brazil was very long and I did not enjoy it at all. It was an anxious 16 hours flying. On the plane from Atlanta to Brazil I sat next to a man from the Netherlands. His wife was from Brazil and he was going to a conference in Rio. He was so awesome and helped me understand the country and the culture after talking for 12 hours. I finally touched down in Sao Paulo at 8 A.M and raced through customs getting my first stamp in my passport from Brazil (I was pretty stoked about it). I found my bags and headed off to meet my family. From the time I've been here I've realized that the people of South America are so welcoming and humble. They've all welcomed me as if I was their own and helped me with anything and everything. It wasn't hard finding my family, they were waiting for me at the gates and they gave hugs and kisses and many presents. From the Airport we drove home.. 4 hours of driving after 16 hours of flying. It was too much. We stopped half way to have lunch with was very good. I don't know what I had but it was yummy.
After arriving at home I settled into my room. I share it with my sister Bianca who is 15. She speaks very little English but enough to help me understand what's going on. She is my saving grace. Portuguese is very similar to Spanish and I often get the two confused. The pronunciation is the hardest part but that will only come with practice. I've met so many people and am so grateful to be here. Eating here is a HUGE deal. E come, e come, e come. My mom asked me before I went to bed if I wanted to wake up in the middle of the night and eat, I politely declined the offer. It's too much sometimes but I love trying everything.
I went to church today and it was an experience I will never forget. The building was small and they didn't have much but still felt like home. It is amazing to me to see such wonderful people living and learning the same gospel I am and continually striving to love the savior. The girls in young women's brought food from brasil so we ate and talked and introduced ourselves. Everyone pushes me to speak and answer in Portuguese which I hate now but will be grateful later. I start school tomorrow and can't wait to see what else Brazil brings. Tchau Tchau. XOXO.