Thursday, April 28, 2011

Colombo Mall

We checked out Portugal's largest mall: the Colombo Mall in Lisbon.

It's 3 levels and over 400 shops.

It's so big, it even has an indoor roller coaster and even a bowling alley...

The girls went for something more tame -- a carousel.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Break

It is Spring Break this week, so we decided to see some local things:

We happened upon this cool park,

Which had ice cream for the girls,

And ice coffee for the parents (it is not at all common to find iced coffee here),

Monday, April 25, 2011

Feliz Pascoa!

That is, Happy Passover (Easter)!

We have been enjoying a couple of Portuguese Easter traditions.

Easter Bread

If you are familiar with Portuguese Sweet Bread, this is almost the same (it is not quite as sweet).  The Cross on top has an obvious meaning.  Inside, is the "sursprise":

There is an egg inside.  The egg being a symbol of New Life.  As I understand it, the egg is cooked along with the bread in the oven (it still has its shell). 


Despite the big yawn, the girls were really excited about Easter Morning.  Of course, we focused on the true meaning of Easter-- we watched a Veggietales Easter video (the new one), which was really well done and very clearly speaks of why we celebrate Easter.

They do love their chocolate here.  Although you can get the chocolate bunnies, more popular seems to be Chocolate Eggs.

Unfortunately, Mika had a bad cold, so we had to cancel on the Sunrise Service. 

She also had to wait on her chocolate egg!

She was feeling well enough to sing along with Dan, though:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lisbon Zoo

Emi and Mika's Kindergarten class went to the Lisbon Zoo.  Debe's 1st and 2nd grade class tagged along, so they were able to go together.

They had some "hands on" exhibits:

I have to say, this looks a lot nicer than the zoos in Japan, which are much smaller with lots of cement.

Emi's favorite animal?  The "Dragon"; Komodo Dragon, that is:

The girls all had a lot of fun!