Today was nice and relaxing. We spent the time at Nazaré just getting to know the kids and just letting the kids get to know us. They are all really great, and I hope that they are eager to start learning about the filters tomorrow.
We played a lot of games with them and improved our Portuguese skills. For most of us it was pretty rough though. I think that our skills were summed up by the fact that it took us about 15 minutes to comprehend when a little girl wanted us to play “capture the flag” with them. We also played a lot of “football”. As a kid who grew up playing only American football, I felt somewhat lost and absolutely outmatched. It was kind of embarrassing when our team was put to shame in a 5-nil loss. Regardless, it was a lot of fun for everyone.
Finally Nazaré is a really great place. They have us staying in some nice guest rooms which is a good break from the wilderness at PCER (which was nice in its own way too). Also, this place is really good for the kids, especially those who came here because of difficulties at home. If we could just teach them a thing or two about sanitation and protecting the environment while putting smiles on their faces at the end of the day, our time here would be definitely worthwhile.