Now after settling down, we come to find this place a bit like home, without all the technological luxury. Going to the Sendas (supermarket) every other day to buy food, and knowing what to buy in advanced because you dont have a car to take it all back so easily; the daily routine is starting to set in.
We still did not have internet until Tuesday, so my part of my research project was put on hold until we had reliable internet at the apartment. But the people that came in were very nice, tried to talk portu-nol and it wasnt a hectic experience as i expected. After the internet was put in place, and Dr. Esteban gave us a monitor to use, everything was on track!
This week however the weekend started early. It was more like a 4 day weekend because Thursday was a Neteroi holiday, and Friday it was the game of Brazil vs Portugal, so nothing opened either. A couple of the students that we know here actually went back to their home region for the weekend! So that goes to show you that Brazilians take their World Cup seriously.
The days here have been nice and you cant really complain. I was able to find a gym (called Academia here in Brazil), and the walk to it from the apartment is no more than 15 minutes along the bay. So its a pleasant walk from the apartment to the gym everyday.
Last Saturday Esteban went out of his way to get us tickets to a boat ride that took us around the bay between niteroi and rio. Very very nice and beautiful ride indeed.