Ministry on our first Sunday involved the street fair that occurs each week. We joined a brother and sister for a couple of Bible discussions and were also able to speak to various English-speaking tourists that are present at the fair. A street downtown is closed and vendors setup to sale artwork, jewelry, fruit, veggies, clothes, appliances, Brazilian cuisine, etc. After being drained by the heat of 111°F, I enjoyed being refreshed by an ice-cold rala rala (the Portuguese ‘r’ is pronounced like the English ‘h’). The rala rala is a slush-type drink made by the Haitian vendors and flavored from local fruits. Coco gelado is a great refresher also; it is cold coconut water that you drink directly from the coconut.
Today was also a good day because Karina and I were going to look for an apartment. We greatly appreciated assistance from a couple of Brazilian brothers in the English group. We were able to look at once location only from the outside and take down the contact info. As the four of us are headed to another unknown location, just driving down streets looking for ‘Aluga se’ signs, one of the brothers just happens to glance down a street and sees a place for rent. We call the landlord, he shows up within 5 minutes, receive a quick tour of the 1 bed/2 bath apartment, we like it and make arrangements to begin renting.
A big thanks and much appreciation also goes to the brothers and sisters that voluntarily assisted us with getting certain items for the apartment and helping us move items into the apartment. They made sure no one took advantage of the foreigners. After washing clothes, it is my first time hanging items on a clothesline to dry. Thanks to the heat and occasional breeze, the natural dryer is a quick cycle.
It was cool to see the Arena da Amazônia, which I remember hosting games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I’ll possibly be able to attend a futebol match in the next few months. Our ministry also takes us near another attraction…the Teatro Amazonas. Many cultural events take place in and around this site. Maybe I can take Karina to a ballet performance.