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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 ...
On Thursday and Friday I attended the 4th Brasilian Bio-Hydrogen Conference in Sao Carlos. It was all in Portuguese but I can understand most of the writing. I learnt a lot about bio-hydrogen, because of the numerous Interval for "Coffee Break" that there were, allowing people to tell me about their work in English.
The Brasilian time zone still annoys me, I got up a six, walked to chemistry in Araraquara for 7 and waited ...
... then its only 20C, rather than 30C! Since Monday I've been helping the biodisel team determine physical parameters of a biodisel sample that arrived last week (for this kind they get about 1 a month). Really enjoying it, even if it's more analytical and less research. Going to Sao Carlos again this week for a bio-hydrogen conference. Should be good but it's in ...
... 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.
Most educational places in Brasil have a July holiday (similar to the 2 week winter break in the northern hemisphere), so my republica has been quiet.
So my work-week has been almost the same every day:
7am Wake up
8am Start Work (Brazilian time, 8:15 European time (only 1 day this week i was not the first of the research group on campus))