This is what I looked like at the end of our adventure today! Ruth and I went to Rio Branco do Sul in the mission’s little puddle jumper car for the afternoon to shop and go to the bank. When we got there we picked up our Brazilian friend, Lilian and the fun began! We wandered around all afternoon looking in shops, trying on clothes and my favorite…SHOES! (I got away with only buying one pair) I always find it interesting to see the styles and fashions in other countries. I love experiencing shopping in a different culture…every store is a new adventure. At one point the skies opened up and in 30 seconds it was pouring! We managed to duck into a clothes store and waited out the downpour as we browsed the many racks of clothes.
The trip included a stop in a little “restaurant” for a typical Brazilian snack, pastel de carne and fresh squeezed orange juice. A stop at the produce stand for some fresh fruit and veggies and then we dropped Lilian off at her house. As we were leaving Ruth asked me if I wanted to drive. I said, “Sure, why not!” The little puddle jumper is a standard with no power steering, but no problem for me! I got us safely to the Supermercado to get groceries before heading back home. When we finished shopping, it was dark outside and just starting to rain. We loaded the groceries…got in and out on the road to home. And then torrential downpour began!! I’m talking the water rushing down the street and puddles that looked big enough to swallow our car!
Here I am…driving for the first time not familiar with the road…there are no lines on the road, big bumps and potholes everywhere…the car windows fogging up and I can barely see! You want to talk about adventure…it was almost a little more than I wanted my first time driving here! We made it the 6 km back to Itaperucu…which seemed WAY longer…at one point I had to pull over and stop to wipe the inside of the window so I could see. When we got back it was still absolutely pouring…but someone had to unlock the gate into the mission compound. Of course, we didn’t bring our umbrellas with us, so I took my sandals off (it was definitely a job for bare feet!), got out of the car and was immediately soaked to the skin! Why does it always take longer to unlock a lock in the pouring rain?! I jumped back in the car, drove it to the parking spot then ran back and locked the gate. Next was getting an umbrella for Ruth, so she would stay dry and then hauling our many purchases to the apartment. At that point, I didn’t even bother with an umbrella…I couldn’t get any wetter! Thankfully the rain was warm and I actually enjoyed running around in it bare feet and all!
So that sums up our eventful afternoon in town…topped off by a brand new look for me…drowned rat! 🙂