Erich is off now for a week for "Carnival"... the following website shows some celebrations that happen in Rio, just a few hours from their home... www (dot) rio-carnival (dot) net. (I can't post the link to the site - it gets scrambled in the post). Here is some information from the site:
Although Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the Carnival Capital of the World. The Rio Carnaval is not only the biggest Carnival, benchmark against which every other carnival is compared but also one of the most interesting artistic events on the Globe. Pretty much everyone has heard of the Rio Carnaval. Foreign visitors to it alone number around 500,000 every year.
Rio Carnival is a wild 4 day celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Saturday and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses, celebrated as a profane event, can thus be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It usually happens in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere, when the Rio summer is at its peak.
There are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the best-known ones taking place in Recife together with the neighboring Olinda (in the Northeast of Brazil) and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
Well, I don't know about you but that was way more information than I needed to know...
This week I didn't get too many updates... Erich had his first math test, and his first sleep-over at a friends house. His father managed to get a 13-inch t.v. for them and Erich is able to play Xbox again... He seems to be doing well and thriving there. He loves school, is really loving his new social life and it is turning out to be just as he had hoped...
Stay tuned... hoping to get more photos soon.