So I got really lazy the past few days, but I’m back at it! Here are just a few pictures from the last week.
Let’s start off with the food. My host family is always making some sort of food that I’ve never seen before!
Last week we also had our Global Village, where all the interns got to show off their cultures.
We got to see what our friends had brought from their respective cultures, and university students learning English also came in to learn about our cultures.
There were quite a few Canadian interns, so I decided to help out at the Chinese table instead and explain my Chinese background. Some of the girls had studied calligraphy and were able to write the Chinese names of everyone that came to our table! One of the girls also knew Japanese, so she wrote me my name in Japanese!
It’s rare for me to see all the interns at once, so it was definitely a great bonding experience.
Yesterday, my host family took me to see the Francisco Brennand museum. Remember the Ricardo Brennand Institute that I saw during my first week here? Well, Francisco is Ricardo’s brother, and while his brother is a collector, he is an artist. Francisco is still alive, and he actually lives in the museum, so sometimes you can run into him on the grounds! I didn’t see him, but the grounds were beautiful nonetheless.
Sometimes I think I should write in an actual diary instead of posting thoughts here, because then I wouldn’t have to edit my commentary. But then again, a lot of the drama that seems really interesting at the moment probably has less value a few years down the line, so maybe it’s better if it’s left off the record. Let’s just say that as the interns get to know each other a little better, all sorts of interesting interactions begin to develop.
One of the interns had her birthday yesterday, so a bunch of us went out after work to a bar/pub to celebrate.
It was a very long, fun, and hilariously boisterous meal. Since it was late by the time we were finished, I decided to get a cab home. I had read that Brazilian taxi drivers will usually try to get more money by taking the longer route, so I kept my GPS on the entire time. Luckily, my driver was pretty trustworthy and took an efficient route!
Take a Brazilian taxi CHECK
Today the bus system had a strike, so none of the busses ran. I didn’t mind too much because I needed to stay inside to catch up on work anyways, but some of the other interns were planning on going to the beach, so that muddled their plans up a little bit.
One of my host family’s friend is an engineer at a chocolate company, so when she visited she left a bunch of chocolate. They gave me a small bag, which I was going to save to take back home, but so far I’ve already eaten three :’D let’s hope I can restrain myself enough to leave a few pieces for my family!