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June 04, 2010

It's my first week here in Goiania and it has been a hectic as first weeks are.It began with a 8:40pm departure from Miami and a 5:30 am landing in Sao Paulo. It was raining and cold which went against my preconcieved ideas about brazilian weather. A few hours later I was in Goiania with the sun and not a single cloud in the sky. I was told that it was "winter" here, but in Goiania this was their dry season so it doesn't rain.

My apartment is in the city but I have not had an opportunity to see much of the city as yet. But so far my interactions with the people here have been good and everyone has been helpful and open.

UFG is just outside of the city and is in the midst of an facilities expansion. One of the new buildings will be for the Instituto de Informática and everyone here is looking forward to it's completion. They have a lot of monkeys here on campus and I have been advised not to walk around with food in my hand because the monkeys will try to take it :).

I was taken to to the "Memorial do Cerrado", an outdoor natural museum. Goias is pratically in the center of the cerrado region and the memorial showcases what life was like centuries ago in this area. It also includes indigenous amimals and art from the region. Thankfully I remembered to carry my camera that day! 

My Guide for the day, Phillipe, Dr. Costa's son

A replica of a town square centries ago

The muses of the cerrago

Ex-Slave Village

Old Indian Village

Replica of a outpost for cowboys


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July 12, 2009

It has been another busy but productive week. We continued our research on the models and simulation for CVM and after several collaborative meetings with members of the TRISKELL team we have identified solutions to some outstanding issues. One of which was a concurrency problem, something that the tool does not currently address. Our work in this area could be a useful general purpose extension for the tool.

 It is the summer break here at the university, so the campus is pretty quiet now. We may go downtown this weekend to see what's happening ....

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June 01, 2009

Bonjour! to all,

 We have just completed our first week here at IRISA in Rennes, France. While the week did not start out great (lost luggage etc), it ended well with the weekend reminisent of summers days in Jamaica. The Triskall tream has already made us feel at home and we are looking forward to a really productive summer. We took our first sojourn into the city of Rennes earlier this week and was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the architecture (see pictures below) and the patience politeness of the people (I think our attempts at french confused more than it help). 


So au revoir, until next time.

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