EDIT: As you can see at the end of this post, I’d love to hear requests on what to write about. Allow me to expand upon that briefly: I’m open to requests to write about pretty much anything that I’m doing here, or just about Brazil in general, and you may also specify medium. For example, feel free to request to know what it’s like to go shopping here…in the form of a poem. Or a haiku. Or whatever. Just so that we don’t get bored! And never fear, silly little posts like that won’t be in lieu of my monthly, long posts, but just for a bit of fun! Now, read on:
I got a request to describe an average day for me here, which I think is a great idea, and also I’ve decided to incorporate pictures, because pictures make everything so much better. So, a rough sketch of a day in the life:
First of all, I wake up on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at around 6:30. I kick off my covers (actually, I don’t kick them off just then, since they’ve certainly been kicked off already at some point during the night!) and getting ready for school.
I go to a private school, because apparently Brazilian public schools are really bad, and the private school has a “uniform,” but not the sort of uniform one might expect. You can wear whatever bottoms you want, but you have to wear a school t-shirt, like this one:
Or this one:
In other words, your uniform is only the t-shirt and if you’ve been going to the school for practically your whole life (like most of the students have!) then you end up with a variety of shirts from different events, projects, etc., meaning that you still have a number of options as to what to wear each day. By the way, “COC” is the system of schools which our school is part of.
Anyway, I get ready for school and then eat breakfast, which is usually something quick and simple, usually bread with butter or requeijão (which is a sort of creamy soft cheese), and cappuccino.
School starts on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 7:15. On Wednesday and Friday, we don’t have a 7:15 class, so it starts at 8. I get to school, usually just in the nick of time, and get home in time for lunch. Lunch is so good. It is so delicious. And almost every day, we eat beans and rice. They are so yummy. I have tried to explain refried beans to the people here, but they just don’t understand (“You fry them??” “No, no, you sort of crush them…ah, never mind”).
After lunch, we usually watch the news, and then after that, anything goes. It really just depends on the day. Mondays, for example, I go to UNESP in Assis (a larger city next door to mine), which is essentially São Paulo State University Assis, for a Portuguese language class with some other exchange students. The class is pretty cool, because the first day it was ridiculously easy and I thought “nooo this is going to suck!” but then we ended up being split into two groups, English-speakers and Spanish-speakers (we also have an Italian!), because Spanish speakers progress much faster, so the class is harder now and that makes me happy. On Fridays after lunch I go back to school for an after school art class. I have only been once, but I really liked it so we’ll see what happens there! The other days it really depends, sometimes I go run errands in Assis with my host mom, other times I go do something with friends, things like that.
But that just about covers it for now; please, dear readers, suggest things for me to talk about! I don’t want to just describe what I do because that will get boring for us all after a while. What would you like to know? Ask me questions! Also do you like that I have pictures? I like the pictures. Are my posts too long? Too short? You want MORE PICTURES??? Feedback, please!!! Don’t be shy!