|Today was fun in Àguas Lindas... although most of the kids in the classes were sleepy today, so it was kind of frustrating when I was working on their pronunciation with them. Graça and I really like the last class, though, because they actually want to learn, and they are such quick learners. |
Andréa broke her pinky toe today at the school, and she can't really drive her car now because it's on the foot that she uses to press the gas and brake pedal!!! So pray that it heals quickly, because she is a very independant person, and I know she is going to be frustrated not being able to drive everywhere!
I have some questions to answer for someone who asked me(namely Pops...)
The malls here are better than our square mall in my city, let me tell you that much. No, they vary in size, of course, but in Taguatinga there are about 5 malls or so, and in Brasília, well I don't know, but there is a lot. They like to shop here.
The city I live in isn't really poor, I mean some of the houses here aren't that big, but most of them are fairly nice, and in some parts REALLY expensive. There are also many apartment buildings, and I think people generally like them better because they are safer than houses. All the houses have big walls and fences around them, and some even have those electric wires above the fences to really keep the theives out. I guess they have a problem with theft here, so they take every precaution to keep themselves safe. I have yet to see just a normal looking house like we have in the suburbs there in Canada, but I doubt that they even have them here. My house is made out of, well, I don't know really, it looks like stone to me. Inside they have normal drywalled rooms, well upstairs anyways.
they even have an open area downstairs, with no ceiling on it.
Sure couldn't have that in Canada, with the snow anyways!!!
Àguas Lindas and Vôo Livre are only about 40 minutes away, so it is not too long of a drive. Plus in Brasil, you get used to driving a while to get where you want to go because the traffic is so incredibly crazy and the stop lights are so long!
Everyone who lives in my house has bought their own car, so we usually are able to drive everywhere, which isn't a good thing...I think I have gained some weight just from not walking much. However, for people who don't, they usually ride bikes or take the bus. Many people take the bus to work in the mornings, and you should see how crowded they are. You have not seen a full bus until you come to Brasil. Honestly, they are so full that you can't see through the windows to the other side, there are people standing up and so jammed packed together they look like a bunch of sardines stuffed into a can. It is pure craziness. I can imagine how it smells!
Speaking of that, I don't know if you want to hear this, but it is weird, because the BO(body odour) here smells different. I didn't know that people in different places smell bad differently, but it's true. It is different than Canadian BO, and I don't know why. But it is still horrible, nonetheless, and alot of the kids at Vôo Livre don't wear deoderant, and it is not a nice smell, trust me!!!
Thanks for the questions, and I will answer any others that you have.
Love to everyone, ttyl
Love, Ashleigh :)