Well, I have survived my first week in Rio. I haven't had much luck with my research so far, but I've given it the effort it requires! I have attempted to contact my organization, including stopping by personally a couple times (no one seems to ever actually be in the office!) but I'm not too worried as the bulk of my research actually takes place in Vitoria (where I'm headed on Wednesday).
I've been to the beach several times, I'd forgotten how much I miss
the beach living in Kansas. It's especially beautiful in Rio
surrounded by hills and mountains. I'm taking an endless number of
photos, of course.
I also found myself incapable of visiting a foreign city without
visiting a local movie theatre, which is how I am able to tell you with
absolute certainty that Rio de Janeiro has absolutely the most
comfortable movie theatre I have ever had the pleasure of sitting in,
bar none. The seats were so comfortable, it was like sitting in an armchair in
your own home (although the aisles were extremely close, the chairs were
high enough, you could actually stretch out with your feet under the
chair in front of you). Even more amazing, at the front of the theatre
directly to the right of the movie screen was… a women's bathroom!
The men's was located at the back of the theatre. I only visited the
women's of course (out of pure curiosity) and it was like walking
behind the stage. The door led to some stairs that led up to another
door which opened into one of the cleanest movie restrooms I've ever
seen (with several stalls).
Everywhere I go people ask me “voce e portuguesa?” (are you
Portuguese?) I have to laugh and explain. Maybe it's a compliment,
maybe not, I'm not really sure! All I know is everyone knows I am
most definitely NOT Brazilian (they do such weird things to their
Amazingly enough, I am not having any problems remaining vegetarian
here. Yes, their meats are supposedly a specialty, but they also have
the most amazing veggies and fruits. I'm eating quite well (perhaps
better than in the U.S.!) and am loving their food.
I visited several street fairs with the most amazing crafts, wood
work and clothing. I am of course resisting all temptation (although
the used bookstores are especially hard to resist — I actually found
Artemis Fowl in Portuguese!) So far I've resisted the Lord of the
Rings in Portuguese (after all, they're hard enough to get through in