|Dancing the Samba|
capoeira, a type of fighting dance that originated in Brazil. Students and teachers demonstrated some of the moves and then invited our students to dance.
|Gooey Butter Cake, recipe at left|
|Abará, classic dish from Ilheus|
|Sydney and Cristina checking the St. Louis trivia facts.|
Several class presentations from the Elementary school grades followed. They covered American food packaging; a comparison of our school to theirs; a comparison of our cities including photographs of very similar sites and landmarks in both; a comparison of the Mississippi to rivers in Brazil; a comparison of the native peoples in the St. Louis area to the native peoples of the Ilheus region; and finally an exploration of the Blues as an influence on Brazilian music and its origins in America. In every classroom there was an opportunity to taste, watch, listen and otherwise participate in the presentations.
|1st graders after sharing a dance with us|
|Learning about St. Louis vs. Ilheus after enjoying fresh cocoa fruit|
|A spread of traditional native Brazilian foods, including root vegetables not found in the US and tapioca flour|
The afternoon was spent touring the city of Ilheus which ended at a trip to the marketplace. By evening our bags were full of souvenirs and our minds full of even more valuable mementos to carry back with us.