Brazil is HOT and WET
Trip Start Jan 19, 2010
11Trip End May 17, 2010
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All is well in Sao Paulo. It is about 31 degrees out and there is no AC in this internet cafe! Yay! Hope those in DC and New York are some how surviving the several feet of snow and everyone is having a happy first week of February!
Sao Paulo is fantastic! It is the biggest city in the Southern Hemisphere and the 3rd biggest city in the world with a population of about 20 million. The actual city itself is absolutely HUGE about 600 square miles! I don't know how I will get to see all of it!
The first few days were definitely hard. Fewer people speak Spanish let alone English so communicating is difficult and frustrating. Its a pretty American mindset that no matter where you go, people will speak English and our group is dealing with this
Speaking of Sueli she is really great! She is an orthodontist and has a son named Felipe. Neither are around very much because he is on summer break and with his girlfriend a lot and she sleeps late and then has class at night. She asked if we wanted to come to one of her classes, shes studying the "laws of the world" and physics and things that I don't even understand in English!
Sueli told me yesterday that in London people have tea at 5 and in Sao Paulo it rains at 5. And when it rains it pours. Trying to get home on Wednesday I walked through water that was up to mid calf. Yuck!
These IHP days are pretty long. We start at 8:30 with about 45 minutes of Portuguese tutoring. Then we have classes and speakers till 2 or 3. And usually in the afternoon there is a site visit or city tour. I wish the day was reversed a little so that we do the trips in the morning when its less hot and before it rains but oh well
Last night we had a get together with all of the host families IHP students are staying with. It was a lot of fun and a few of us went out after. It's nice to finally have the weekend! Tonight I am going to a soccer game. A local Sao Paulo team is playing and it will probably be crazy! Cant wait!
My time on the computer in the internet cafe is running out! Missing everyone lots!