I've mentioned before how Spartan our apartment is regarding its furniture. Here are pictures of before and after our first furniture purchases. We decided that comfort, after all, is very important to us. It has been really hard to have only these chairs, the desk chair, or the edge of our bed for sitting choices. Since there are no used furniture stores here, we contributed to the local economy and bought a new leather-like sofa and poltrona (arm chair). They cost less than half of what we would pay in the States--that indicates how well things are made here--not! They don't match, but they are only temporary, and are the best we could find in town. When we leave, if there is no "casal" (married couple) coming to replace us, we plan to give them to Grupo members. Everyone has broken down, hard furniture, always covered with old blankets. Our additions have been a big hit with the Elders and visitors. Our living room is becoming much more inviting and comfy for everyone, especially with the beautiful pot of begonias that Rosecler gave to me! President Monteiro, these photos of your fine young Elders have been staged--Honest!