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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!
... 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!)
The week so far has been a week of firsts (even though I've been here a month!) Today I had my first haircut in Brasil, it's something you'd never think about but it's kinda hard when the barber speaks no English except from yes, no and hello! After a lot of pointing and some guidelines translated using google translator, he began and finished 45 minutes later. ...
... 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))