Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I have now spent more time this year in the southern hemisphere than I have in the north! Unfortunately with every passing month spent here in Brazil, the time I have left dimishes. It's going so fast! In less than two months I'll be celebrating Christmas back in the states.
So, in honor of my three months here in Brazil, I have comprised a list of things I miss about America:
- zip lock bags and paper towels
- peanut butter (although I brought my own with me!)
- being able to use pandora
- living five minutes from class
- coconut lime verbena lotion
- chai chillers from the csc
- GAMEDAY. especially we are the boys!
- eating a slice of pizza with my hands
- NavNight and all of the wonderful people that go along with it
- the fam, and especially my little niece Ellie!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
This weekend there will be one of the most exciting soccer games of my time here. It's the Grenal!, a much anticipated event here in Porto Alegre. Gre-Nal is a confrontation between Grêmio and Inter, the two soccer clubs of Rio Grande do Sul. It's a rivalry of epic proportions. This will be their 383rd meeting. Spirited, yes. Edge-of-your-seat-excitement, yes. Tumultuous, yes. Out of control, yes!
A brief history of the two clubs:
1903, Grêmio founded. 1909, Inter founded as a team for foreigners, the poor and blacks who weren't yet accepted in the other two existing clubs. All throughout the years Grêmio was much better and I'm not even sure why Inter was named Inter(nacional) because they weren't even good enough to compete internationally! But fear not, they got better and now the two teams live together in a thriving rivalry. To add to the intensity, they are both bichampions of the Libertadores championship. In 1983 and 1995 Grêmio won. In 2006 and 2010 Inter.
Now only one question remains--who will I cheer for? I guess I have until Sunday to decide!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
This is one of my favorites! It's all about Gaucha culture.
The sponsor of all of the cows here in Porto Alegre is Mu Mu, a company that makes dairy products. This cow is their symbol. "mumu" is also a nickname for doce de leite!
the where's waldo cow
Here's a link to the gallery of all of the cows in Porto Alegre:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
One of my favorite days of the academic school year is when the class schedule for next semester is released. It's so fun to look through all of the crazy classes I could take and start to plan out possible schedules!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Here's a typical meal in the Restaurante Universitário: rice and beans (ALWAYS), some sort of meat that I decide whether or not to eat, a side (usually some sort of vegetable), a piece of fruit, and juice.
But here's the kicker! All of this for R$1.60. That's less that a buck! Can ya believe it?
Another one of my favorite on-campus pit stops is the Antônio. It's a great place to pick up a snack, tea, coffee, etc. in between classes.