On Tuesday of this week I finished my volunteering at the creche, and then on Wednesday night we had the christmas party at the creche! It was so cute, there were parents and siblings of the kids from my creche there and the food was amazing!
On Wednesday during the day I felt a bit lost because I didn’t really know what to do with myself while everyone else was at project and I was at the house by myself! It was nice to have a relaxing day though! Thursday, Friday and today(Saturday, CHristmas Eve) are sooo hot. Almost unbearable at times, we really just sit and sweat! The minute you get out of the shower you start sweating again, and although I don’t know the exact temperature, it passed 40 degrees at some point during the day and we have really high humidity levels too.
In Brazil, they celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, so tonight our volunteer ‘family’ will be eating a buffet dinner together which our house manager, Marie, is preparing for all of us! We are doing a secret santa gift trade, and eating all together. There are about 30 of us in total!
Tomorrow on Christmas Day, we are going to a Mass service at the big cathedral in Centro. It is a huge pyramid shaped cathedral, and although the service will be entirely in Portuguese so we wont understand, it’s another side of the culture that we are welcome to see so we thought we might as well go!
It will be strange not to spend Christmas with my family, although Regan and Emily(Australian friends) feel the same way as me, so we are definately not letting Christmas just go by! I only have 10 days left until I leave for New Zealand, and all going well I will actually return on the 5th of January.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Have a fabulous day and a happy new year :) xxx