Mothers day here is the same day as in the states, and almost all the girls who live at the residence with me went home for the weekend, so I decided to take advantage and go make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Nossa Senhora de Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil. It drove with I went with my friend from Honduras and 2 other Brazilians and it took about 2 and a half hours.
The shrine was much bigger than I would have imagined, apparently about 50,000 people go there each weekend on average. Luckily it wasn’t too full so it was a pretty chill visit.
We went and saw the image of Our Lady of Aparecida, the we went and walked around the basilica for a bit. We also went up a 16 tower next to the Basilica to see the view of the valley, and then see a museum of different artifacts from the valley and the time period.
After that we ate our packed lunch, walked around some more. We saw a big room filled with letters and pictures and everything imaginable that were all attributed to miracles that happened. We ended at the shopping area (of course) and at the old basilica which was really pretty but super small.