Today is the Canadians’ final morning in Santos. They are grocery shopping, taking a cooking class and having lunch before leaving for the airport at 1:00. The bus ride will take three hours to the Sao Paulo airport and their flight from Sao Paulo to Toronto leaves at 8:20 this evening. We will be tracking it, of course, via flight tracker, and will all be at the airport tomorrow (in the snow!) to greet him!
We’ve had wonderful notes from Francisco, both last night and this morning, telling us how much they enjoyed having him and how much they will miss him. “Congratulations for your firstborn, He´s polite, kind and We´re already missing him…My English isn´t enough to express our affection and admiration for him… this morning was terrible to everybody..Lucia cried with a feeling of loss, JVC & BRUNO didn´t want to say goodbye, Bruno was restless since yesterday…We absolutely loved this amazing boy, our Canadian son….Thanks, thanks, thanks…our home is your home…” We felt the same way about their son, JV, and are so blessed to have made this connection between our two families. I have no doubt that this connection is one that will continue forever!
Monday’s recap came from Scott:
“yesterday we made a visit to a daycare along with a few jean piaget students. the children were great and we brought some gifts to give to them all. afterwards we took a cable car that took us up a mountain 170 meters tall. we ate lunch at a resteraunt on the top of the mountain and then took the same cable car back down the mountain. when we got back to the school we participated in a english class and then were dismissed.
I chatted briefly with Evan yesterday afternoon while he was packing. He wanted to be sure he was packing things in the right places. (Is sunscreen a liquid, etc.) They had a closing celebration at the school and he was able to do some last-minute shopping. He still has some money left and is hoping to be able to purchase a Brazilian flag at the airport. This morning’s email – the final one – was written by Evan. I keep asking him if he’s seen any monkeys and he has replied “only the ones on Skype” (his sisters).
Yesterday we planted a tree in the rainforest in the village of Itutinga. And no, there were no monkeys. It took a while to do because of the drive, the hike, planting trees, etc. Although it was the first day that we were early.
Today we do a cooking class and start our journey home at 1.
See you soon,
What an experience this has been for all of us! We are so grateful to Francisco, Lucia, Joao Victor and Bruno for being so kind and loving to our son. On a school exchange such as this, having a host family who is a great fit makes all the difference! They have been warm and engaged and have treated Evan just like their own son.
I’m sure that there are many mixed emotions for all of the Canadians as they prepare their final meal together with their Brazilian families: sadness to leave their new friends, the sun, the beaches… but excitement and anticipation for the 22 hour long journey home. I can’t wait to see him!