Sundays are low key in Brazil and often include spending time with others. This was the case for us this particular Sunday in Brazil. We started off by traveling to a local park that was buzzing with family and friends gathering. Some of us stopped and enjoyed some coconut water as we explored the park, before we made our way to Juarez and Jeanne's home.
We had a relaxed afternoon enjoying Brazilian cuisine and even some alligator. We were blessed to have many former students from Brazil, who studied at Hawkeye, join us along with many friends we have made through the years as part of this partnership. It was a great time as old friends reconnected and new friendships were formed. Our students enjoyed visiting with those from Brazil to learn more about their culture and agriculture practices. With the heat of the day many spent time cooling off in the pool. We are EXTREMELY THANKFUL to Juarez and Jeanne for hosting us in their home.
We had planned to attend a soccer game this afternoon, but unfortunately it happened that there was not a game as originally planned. Instead we took the opportunity to do some shopping at a local mall. It is one of the largest malls in all of Brazil. We concluded the night on the rooftop at the pool and getting to bed early to prepare for a full week of exploring Brazilian agriculture!