The following post was written by Lorieann, the female chaperone on the exchange:
Thursday, March 13
Today, we all went to visit the Lion Palace. It is not only the residence of the governor (technically governadora who is a woman. Her father used to be the president but is now a senator) but where they would entertain any dignitaries who would visit. It was very interesting to see the articles (paintings, vases, wardrobes, etc.) which have been collected since the “palace” was open almost 400 years ago. You won’t be seeing any of those things though, no pictures and no touching the articles allowed. We also have to wear protective wear over our shoes to keep the floors from being ruined. This meant the beautiful wooden floors were INCREDIBLY slippery!
After we were finished our tour we had a little free time so we were taken on a tour of the local art area. There were many very interesting shops with lots of different gift ideas. Some bought gifts and some bought gifts for ourselves.
That evening we experienced a “Tambor de Crioula” workshop. Tambor de Crioula is African drumming and dancing. Many of them took part in the drumming (both boys and girls were able to drum while girls could dance). Not so many of the girls were brave enough to take part in the dance. D’Arcy jokes he would have liked to try the dance but was sad it was just for girls.
The girls also had fun and even by the end of the evening they were able to convince all the girls to try…