Hi everyone,

We are very excited to be writing a blog post at the end of our first full day in Sao Paulo.

After a slightly worried start with delays due to fog at both Glasgow and Amsterdam we got our flights (if a little late) and arrived safely in Sao Paulo. Our cases were one of the last ones to arrive off the baggage carousel so we were concerned for a little while that they hadn’t made our connection in Amsterdam but we were in luck and all 4 cases stuffed to the brim had made the trip in pretty much one piece!

Robert, Silvana and one of their sons Rafael met us at the airport and we drove through the city centre on the way to Casa Semear. As it was pretty late and dark we could only get a bit of a feeling of the scale of the city but it was great to arrive safely and see some friendly faces.

On arrival at Casa Semear we were greeted by Dora and Hector. Dora had prepared a lovely meal of rice and beef strogonoff which was just what we needed after our long journey and we wolfed it down even though it was 11pm!! Finally it was off to bed and our first night in the volunteer flat which looks even better in real life than the photos.

Today it was a Brazilian holiday so we had a chilled day and BBQ at Robert & Silvana’s house on the edge of the city. It was fantastic to see their house which they only moved to in February. Lots of potential for development both as a family home and a place they can bring the kids from Semear for fun days.

The rest of the Semear team were also there and it was good to see some familiar faces as well as meet lots of new people.

We aare looking forward to tomorrow when the kids programme is back on and we can also get started on the bits of work which Robert has planned for us.