Year: 2009

Home again, home again, jiggity jig jig

Being home is strange. I wasn’t sure how strange it was on the painfully long flight home, but it creeps up on you in strange ways. One of the first things that threw me off was simple—putting toilet paper IN the toilet. Explaining why that was weird to my parents was hilarious, though. We didn’t talk a whole lot about excessive consumerism in brazil, although it came up, as I’m back home in the touristy, super rich city of Destin, it makes me a little sad. I watch everyone shopping and talking about how “great” the deals of $100 jeans, $7 lattes, and $50 belts are, and how much our culture is predicated on this necessity of things. I’m a bit overwhelmed. But I am amazed at how much I’ve changed since coming back from brazil. I hope that this new perspective doesn’t lose strength and fade into the background noise of our societal “values.” But on a different note, I took the GRE, without really studying at all, and did pretty well. I need …

Last Day

This is my last blog post from Brazil. I’m not really sure what to say about brazil, except it’s been a non-stop adventure. I will definitely never forget my times here, and reading my diary in the future about these last 3 and half months, will be something to look forward to. I will post my pictures when I get home I guess since Facebook’s being absurd about my uploads and I can only post one or two on this. I’ll be back at home wednesday morning and will have a long day of travelling tomorrow. But this past weekend has been great. I went to a concert on a beach saturday night and stayed out at a bar until 4 in the morning. Had a surprise breakfast party on sunday morning. Spent all day sunday at a beach outside of the city eating churrasco (grilled meat), drinking caipirinhas, listening to music, and getting knocked around in the ocean, until after dark. I’d say this has been a success. Até mais…

The end is in sight!

So it’s my last friday in Brazil and my last day at IBEU. It’s strange. But in my last few days here I don’t find that I have the desire to do everything and see everything one last time, I’m just kind of checked out and ready to go home. I am officially done all work and assignments and evaluations. I am done my first semester of my senior year, CRAZY! Tomorrow there’s a party for our host families and I kind of wish I were just leaving on monday and packing on sunday instead of having sunday and monday before I leave on tuesday. I can’t wait to go home and eat myself sick (probably will happen because my eating habits here are so whacked out in comparison to what they’d be at home). But I’m not looking forward to the cold. So I’m going to take my time packing, maybe go see a sunset one more time, but I’m not really feeling like going anywhere. I will be happy to be at home …

2 weeks more

I have much catching up to do. It’s December 1st, already! And I’m back in Fortaleza (*sigh*), with the only things left to do are a long ass paper, portuguese proficiency tests, and packing. So I have 2 weeks in Salvador not accounted for. Moving to Rio Vermelho (from Paralela) definitely made my time in Salvador a lot better. It was so much closer to everything and easier, and cheaper to get around. The only problem was that I didn’t get any money back from the 400 reais I gave the first host family. The deal was for 3 weeks, I stayed one, and my brilliant SIT directors showed how much they fail at life again by saying there was no way they could ask for a partial refund, because they made a contract. But the contract was for 3 weeks, I only stayed one. Since they were the ones who messed up my housing, by NOT doing any research as to its location, THEY should’ve refunded me. Instead I ended up paying 300 more …