Boa tarde from Brazil!
Just finished our second week here in Brazil, first for Rachel and I. We are having a great time meeting people, learning about currently ongoing projects, and eating mysterious foods.
Isabela and Magann picked Rachel and I up from the airport late Tuesday night. The next day we headed to the university for lunch and so Magann and Carson could introduce us to Professor João and his students. Professor João teaches electrical engineering. On Thursday, we met Professor Juliano, architecture, and his students. We gave them a presentation about what we are in Brazil for and some of the students and Juliano presented to us what they are working on. Then, on Friday, we met with Professor Manoel to talk about projects that we can participate in. Professor Manoel works in
For lunch, we spent R$ 1 for the full meal, that’s US$ 0.30! Some days we get charged R$ 3 because we are not students, but that’s still only US$ ~1. Lunch changes every day but rice and beans are always a significant portion of it accompanied by some sort of fruit, veggies, and meat. So far, it’s been pretty good. On Wednesday and Friday the line was relatively short, but Thursday the line was excessively long and we almost ran out of time to eat before our next appointment.
We started Portuguese classes on Thursday with a professor who doesn’t know English, so that’s fun. It has actually been working pretty well though, especially with Rachel’s and Carson’s Spanish experience. We have class from 2 to 6 PM for five days instead of the original eight because of Rachel and my late arrival. So far, 2 sessions in, it seems to be working pretty well. The hope is to be able to speak basic Portuguese by the time we head to Rio and Iguaca falls.
Tchau from Sam, Magann, Carson and Rachel