We have Mindy Matice and her fouteen GIEU students! All arrived relatively on-time (give or take a day) and are now safe and happy in Cuiaba. This evening (no time scheduled for jet-lag) we are on our way to Pocone for Disposicão, a rodeo and concert festival.
Ethan, Tito, and I were up much earlier than we would have liked the following morning for construction bargain shopping in Pocone. After visiting four stores, Tito has saved us nearly R$2000 (about $1120). Surprisingly, the real price difference came down to the transportation not the materials cost – trucking over a dirt road with 83 wood bridges for a little over 110 km is not a good bargaining chip. ConstruMax is now our new best friend in Brazil, and the first of three loads will arrive at our site Tuesday 6/22!
We returned for a delicious Churrascaria lunch, a first for many of the GIEU crew – hot, grilled meat delivered to your table and speared off the slab by your fork and the waiters knife, and the best of all, spit-roasted pineapple caramelized in its own sugar.