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muffin’s Travel Diary

Monday, 16 Apr 2007

Location: Salvador, Brazil

MapBom dia!
No Ria yet. She is supposed to be here tonight so I pray she will make it safely.
Believe it or not, the 6 lessons I completed with Pimsleur audio really did help a lot! Last night I had a second dinner with some of the other volunteers and I was the only one that new a lick of portuguese! That doesnt say a lot for them... but I had THE BEST ceviche. Fresh fish AND no shrimp but it was delish.
My fellow volunteers are so awesome. They range in age from 17 to 87! The 87 year old is a WW2 veteran and is recognized by the UN as some sort of famous international volunteer! Crazy huh. People are staying here from 1 week to 12 weeks! They are doing things like helping out at the HIV clinic, womens shelters, teaching english, etc. I really wish I had enough time to be here for atleast 1 month but I am surely trying to make the most out of it!
I really wish you were all here experiencing this with me. I could have never expected my feelings to be how they were when we got to Fruto de Maes (fruits of moms?). RIght when we got there a lil toddler boy ran up to me and asked me to carry him. Of course I did but it didnt happen to anyone else. I stayed in a classroom of 4 year olds, helping them draw, play and eat. It is actually hard with the language barrier. Hopefully my class will help for tomorrow. Along with hanging with the kids, we will be painting a mural for their playground. Yeah me, painting. I know it sounds funny but hopefully good things will come out because I will be painting with all my heart.