A few weeks ago my phone rang at 4 am. I don’t know why I answered it, but I did. I was sleepy and confused when I said “hello". On the other line I heard, “Sister Buhrmester?” I was still confused when the person began speaking Portuguese. I was fighting to find the words when she asked what time it was. When I responded 4 am, she quickly said, “I’m so sorry. I’ll call back later.”
That was the end of our phone call. I had no idea who it was. Of course I assumed it was someone from my mission but I wasn’t sure who. Rob couldn’t believe that I would accept a long distance phone call, mutter a few phrases in Portuguese and then hang up with out finding out who it was. What can I say, it was 4 am!
Later that day, I received a phone call. It was from Eliete Lopez. A girl I served with for my last 6 weeks in Brazil. She is Brazilian but currently living in Switzerland with her husband. Her husband is an employee of Microsoft and they were coming to Seattle for a Conference.
Eleite and her husband arrived a week ago. Another friend of ours, Lauranne Turner, flew in from Bountiful, Utah for the occasion. We had a great time sight seeing, shopping and eating out.
On our first night together Eliete really wanted a hamburger, so we went to the oh so American restaurant of Red Robin. :)
On afternoon we went a my favorite Brazilian restaurant, Tempero do Brasil. The family that runs this restaurant is from Eliete’s home state of Bahia, Brazil.
The view from Kerry Park (our photographer did a good job of cutting out the Space Needle! What can you expect from a 15 year old boy! oh well).
It was a fun week of reminiscing of the mission and trying to remember Portuguese. I was glad they came for a visit. It made me remember how important the mission was to me and the good friends I made there.