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Letter 72: Carnaval Starts Early

February 9, 2015

Well, sorry for no pictures. The computer is saying that I need to format my card to send a picture home. AKA. I need to delete all the pictures on my card to send a picture home. Wait a second. That doesn’t make any sense. And today, about half an hour through the email sesh, the power went out. It is happening a lot more around here lately. So yeah, lost a bunch of time with that. Yay Brazil!

So this week, I don’t have much time because we have to go into the mission office so that Elder Sorenson can sign something so that he doesn’t get deported. But I’m sure you’ve all heard of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Well they do the same thing here. But it’s called Carnaval.

In talking to people about Carnaval, they said, “Nah, it’s not too bad down here. You leave Maceió, and that’s where the real parties are.” Well. Carnaval is actually marked for Saturday to Tuesday this coming weekend. That’s not quite right.

We were in the house of a member of our church yesterday. Sunday, around 4 o’clock, just conversing, and all of a sudden we hear super loud music. And from nothing, appears this giant group of people. The music gets louder and louder, the people get thicker and thicker, many of them wearing weird costumes, many of them throwing cornstarch and silly string at the crowd. Almost all of them with beer in hand. The music is getting louder and louder. The sister had to run back into the house because it was hurting her ears. All of a sudden, this truck, like a Ford F350, big truck, with literally 2 stories of speakers and a band on top drives by. Screaming, playing music that repeats and repeats and repeats. But it drives away, the crowd disperses, and some people come walking behind collecting all the beer cans to take them to the recycling place to make a living.

And all this a week before Carnaval’s actually supposed to start. Woo.

Well yeah, I’ll let you guys know how many flash mob-esque parties we get trapped in this week and weekend. But just have a great Valentine’s day, I know I’ll have a great Carnaval.

Love,

Elder Connor Weeks

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