Our Brasilian (Brazilian) exchange student, Joao, is an awesome kid. I finally got to meet his family, and Joao’s sweetness made sense. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and his parents are super people! I met them at school earlier today, and Nuria, Joao’s mom, gave me and Ysabela gifts. (There was lots of hugging at school.) Marcelo, Joao’s dad, is a warm, loving person, so he’s perfect for Nuria. 🙂 I wanted Bela to meet the family as soon as possible, so we tracked them down after school.
They welcomed us warmly with lots of hugs, and we spoke a smattering of English peppered with Portuguese and Spanish. Amazingly, there was no communication barrier. (I had to have a few pictures, and I did warn them they would appear in my blog.)
I would encourage you all to investigate the possibilities of intercultural exchange. I have seen first-hand how it changes lives.