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Not really done anything too exciting this week, other than playing some futsal against other republicas.
The teacher and support staff strike that has been going on at UNESP is going to end and classes will start again next week. It's great because everyone is coming back to Araraquara and Canil will probably be full!
Around the chemistry campus it's been getting busier with people this week because the July vacation ended and the increasing ...
... minutes on the guy giving us a lift to Sao Carlos for 8 (we were late...). Similar thing happened on Friday too but we had to wait on someone to wake up so only left Araraquara at 07:50...
On the Friday there was a BBQ organized by the conference, with all you can eat meat and drink. It was great, got to meet lots of people and learn about their hometowns, work and life (in English mostly, but little in a bit of Portuguese!)
... do things there is never any rush, which was okay because I was happy with the final outcome (rare...) Also today I played my first game of futesol, basically five aside football but against brazilians! I wasn't the best, and not the worst. My ability to keep running for ages really helps in five aside! There was about 20 guys there and we played at night, which is ...
... surprising. I’m slowly starting to understand Brazilian time.
While the university of Sao Paulo is supposed to be the best in South America, it did not have an amazing campus. However the lab we visited was very busy and the work the research group is doing is very interesting.
Going to Sao Paulo tonight for the weekend, weather not looking great, its been cloudy and cold (15 C) here all day.
Today I visited Ribeirao Preto, a city about 1 hour north of Araraquara, with an other IAESTE student. Its nickname is the 'Brazilian California', because of its wealth and technical industries.
It is also the city that the french team stayed in during the world cup, so french flags were everywhere!
I only explored downtown but from the bus saw some of the rest of the city. The outskirts are a lot more like California than the center is; the was a huge Carefour and lots ...