In the predominantly Catholic Brazil - today is a National Holiday celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi. This impacts me in two ways -- first, I am Catholic so it resonates with me -- second (on a more secular level) it means the laundry I took to the cleaners yesterday cannot be picked up until tomorrow. But it is just Stephen and me so it is not a catastrophe - guys spend most of their formative years learning how to extend days out of their clothes before laundering.
If anyone tells you that "nearly everyone speaks english in Brazil" - don't believe it. Yesterday I think I was the only one who spoke english in Brazil ... certainly I was the only one at the cleaners yesterday. I gave them the clothes but it is not a routine transaction - they had about 317 questions that I needed to answer on how I wanted them done (I think) and it turned out that they were all open-ended questions - not yes/no - further complicating the adventure. The proprietor was very patient with me but I have no idea what I actually ordered. They now have several shirts, shorts, and a couple of jeans ... along with some assorted socks, etc... and when I pick the stuff up tomorrow I fear that there is a very real possibility I actually ordered them to be washed, dried, and cut into little shreds before being poured into a laundry bag for my pick-up. A few of my choices raised the eyebrow of the proprietor so I am concerned. I'll let you know tomorrow -
USMNT back to training today and head to Manaus tomorrow - the littlest Wondo and her mom and grandma should be at GRU Airport right now clearing customs and soon catching up on sleep here at the hotel. Stephen and I are taking in the England-Uruguay game today which will give us an opportunity to try out São Paulo Public Transportation. I'll let you know how that goes -