|The evolution of the soccer jerseys|
Next, we headed to the Museu da Colonizacao de Chapeco, which is a historical house built in 1921. It was originally the city home of an Italian family who came from the state of Rio Grande del Sul. The exhibits here paid homage to the three main industries of the area: erva mate tea, wood, and agriculture.
From there, we went to Cidade do Idoso (Senior City). Cidade do Idoso is a free community for Chapeco's senior citizens over 60 years old, and it has the capacity to serve 1,500 seniors from Chapeco's municipal area. It offers many different outlets, including culture, sports, health, education, and social services. For some, the food they eat at Cidade do Idoso might be the only complete meal they eat that day, and the exercise they receive (gym, pool, dance, pilates, hydrotherapy) is prescribed by one of the doctors on site. In addition to physical health, the program also serves to combat many seniors' worst problem - being alone.
After a morning learning about Chapeco, it was time for the city to learn about us. We were invited to a local TV station where we were shocked to discover we would be interviewed, live, on the television show Ver Mais! The show's host is a Rotarian, and he started the program by interviewing Nora and Darci; then he turned his attention to us. EEEK! Luckily, he tossed us some easy questions, and we made it through relatively unscathed and unembarassed.
|Somebody's going to let these two on TV?|
|And these two jokers? You must be kidding!|
|Nora and Darci being interviewed|
|Our final presentation|
|The team with Fabio and Cintia|
|Emilee and her host dad|
|Here come the tears - Erin & Claudia|
|Paolo and Ana|
|Lu, Nora, and Ana|
|The trouble twins|