Finalmente! Estou no Rio de Janeiro!

Oi! Finalmente cheguei no Brasil e estou tão animada de ester aqui. É muito legal! (I finally arrived in Brasil and I’m so excited to be here. It’s very cool!) I left Oxford at noon on Tuesday and landed in Rio 24 hours later. Whew. It was a tiring trip. Unfortunately I don’t sleep on planes…which makes overnight flights painful. Luckily, I didn’t have anyone sitting next to me so I was able to stretch out over two chairs. Even then I just dozed for a few hours. I don’t usually complain about airplane food, but the weird orange paste next to what I assumed to be barbecue chicken just weirded me out. Flying into Rio was so cool; it was cloudy over Rio so as the plane approached, the mountains were peaking over the top and it had an amazing effect. I was literally bouncing in my chair for the last 10-15 minutes of the flight.

Customs and immigration went smoothly and quickly, but it took ages for my luggage to reappear. I managed to find Lara, Rachel and Konner (the other students in my exchange program who flew out of Houston) in the baggage claim area. PUC-Rio picked us up at the airport and drove us all to our home stays. We had a lot of fun chilling in the airport and driving around Rio. I’m not entirely sure our driver knew where he was going because it took almost 5 hours to drop 6 people off. I didn’t get to my home till almost 6.

I’m living in the Barro Humaitá with a student from UCLA and our host mother. It’s a really nice neighborhood, but, unfortunately, it’s not within walking distance from the beach. I still haven’t figured out how to work the bus system. My roommate Cindy and I went to Copacabana last night to visit her sister, who’s been in Brazil for six months. We got there easily. One bus. No problem. Getting back was a different story. We walked around looking for a bus that would take us back to Humaitá, but none of the buses we asked were going there. We got directions to different bus stops from four different people too. After an hour and a half of wandering around, we gave up and got taxi back.

Today, we had orientation and the Portuguese placement test. Then Konner, Lara, Rachel and I walked all the way from PUC in Gávea to the beach in Leblon. Basically we walked around for about four hours. Then I had to endure the same saga of getting back home from the beach and ended up catching a cab again. I really need to figure out how to get back during the daytime.

Tomorrow we get a campus tour, then the rest of the day will be devoted to the beach yay! Saturday, PUC is hosting a city tour and I can’t wait to see the Cristo Redentor and the Maracanã! I’ll post a couple picture afterwards.

Sorry for the long winded post. Hope you are all doing well!



~ by dfsg1991 on January 5, 2012.

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