I successfully cooked my first turkey, and it was a hit - Most of the ingredients I was hoping to find at the supermarket here didn't exist. There was no cranberry sauce, or cream of mushroom soup (green bean casserole), and there certainly wasn't any apple pie, but I did somehow manage to make my own gravy-like sauce, mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, and rolls. It was really nice to cook a meal for everyone, since I have been receiving them for the entirety of my stay here. I am so thankful to be staying with and getting to know this wonderful family. What a blessing it is!
Last night was Viviane's much anticipated Prom/Graduation celebration. It was incredibly elaborate, much more than I had expected, and it was a lot of fun! The party was focused on her and her fellow classmates, but because her graduating class was so small, each graduate was able to bring 15-20 family members to celebrate with them. There was a ton of food and it was open bar: shots of tequila for anyone that wanted them - there is no enforced drinking age here in Brazil...
Everyone had a great time. It was an honor to get to be a part of the family at this event and be there for Vivane. She is such a friendly, loving girl and I have really enjoyed getting to know her.
Hey all! A few of you have been asking for my address here in Cataguases so I wanted to post it for everyone. Keep in mind, it takes about 2-3 (even 4) weeks at times if you send packages/letters via U.S.P.S.
Jenna Sue Kolling
Rua Amarilio Dutra Navarro, 111
36770 - 000
Cataguases - Minas Gerais
I'm glad to be back at my home in Cataguases. It's funny how quickly Brazilians can make you feel at home. Yesterday was my little "cousin" Arthur's 10th birthday and his family threw him a really awesome angry birds-themed party. We ate lots of food, drank some beer, and chatted away. It was nice to get to talk more with some of the extended family, especially the ones that speak English well. As I get to know more and more people here, I understand why it is that everyone who has visited Brazil ends up not wanting to leave. There is a sense of family here that has been lost (at least for the most part) in the U.S. I definitely look forward to being a part of this wonderful family for the next four years and beyond.