I haven't posted any journals or photos for awhile, which is a good indication of how my life is going at the moment. I'm trying to do too many things at once, and I don't have enough time for everything!
I was involved with Rotary activities all last week. A group study exchange arrived on Wednesday from Holland, and I helped as one of their translators. They speak Dutch and English, but not Portuguese, so I helped them communicate from English to Portuguese, and helped them understand what other people were saying to them. We met some great people and toured the state courts, an economic development agency, and some tourist activities. They all had a great time, and at least a couple of them were already talking about coming back here again!
The Rotary District Conference started on Thursday and continued until Saturday night. I learned in Duluth that once you've been to one District Conference, you will never miss another one. The same is true here! Now my challenge will be trying to figure out how I can go to the conferences in both my North American district and the Brazilian district. I think I know as many people here as I do in my own District. My favorite part of this conference was the exchange student talent show. They did a mock Rotary meeting, and it was hilarious. The closing banquet was extremely formal, with interesting people, good food, and lots of dancing. I spent the equivalent of $30 for more than 2 hours in the salon, where I had a manicure, pedicure, hair styling, and even had my makeup done professionally. We went out to the chacara a couple times during the weekend, but didn't stay all night because all of the District exchange students were staying there.
I have a number of choices for this weekend, but not enough time for everything. I think I'm starting with Leo's master's presentation at the Federal University on Friday afternoon. His thesis is on Modelo Não-Linear por Fluxo em Redes Aplicado ao Planejamento da Operação Energética de Sistemas Hidrotérmicos de Potência. Don't worry, it's just as difficult to understand in English as it is in Portuguese, but if anyone from Minnesota Power is reading this, you would be well-advised to hire Leo now. I've been telling him for several years that I will be honored to tell people that I knew him before he was famous!
After that, I'm either going to São Paulo to stay with Dante for the weekend or to Edmo's class reunion for medical school. It's at a nice resort and Angela thinks it will be a really nice weekend for us. We'll see! Either way, I'm going to Belo Horizonte on Sunday night on an overnight bus to stay for two days with Livia.
I've already sent one box of things home through the mail. I bought wind chimes for Eileen today. If anyone else has any requests, send them now. I'm leaving Goiania on May 13, and I'll spend one last weekend with Dante and Lenora in São Paulo before I return to Chicago on May 17. I can't believe my time here is almost over!