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... the strike ending.
Also lots of international IAESTE students (most are European) have started placements now in the first week of August and we all met up for food on monday night. A few were at a republica party last night, which was quite good and very organized; you need to prepurchase tickets, they hire security for the gate and there is a last entry time!
Off to Foz this weekend, flying from Campinas tonight, looking forward to not taking a bus!
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.
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 ...