We also found an apartment to live in together. It's a bigger apartment than the one Taciana currently lives in, still 2 bedrooms, and is much closer to the University, which is definitely good for me since I will have to take the bus to campus. It's a really nice apartment and we lucked out on the the price because it is owned by a fellow PhD student (former professor, older guy that's super nice). We should be set to move into it by late January, which is when I will be going back to Vitoria (I'm now back in Cataguases). It's also a huge relief to know where we will be living and that it's affordable and in a good location - Barro Vermelho (Red Hill) District - which is located on the island, metropolitan area of Vitoria. Yep, I'm living on an island, pretty awesome.
While I was in Vitoria I also met with my advisor a couple of times, Neyval Costa Reis, Jr., and though I am told he is very busy (he also serves as vice-dean of graduate studies for the University) he was very helpful and attentive and thankfully spoke very fluent English - he did his PhD in England. We discussed my plans for the next couple of months while I am here in Cataguases and while the main emphasis will still be on learning Portuguese, he also wants me to present the research that I did during my master's at UNC to the air pollution studies group at UFES. That should be fine, but I am a little nervous about it for some reason. Actually, not as nervous as I am that he also wants me to present a poster at the upcoming 1st annual CMAS (Community Modeling and Analysis Systems) Conference held in South America (Sao Paulo) and it will be on brand new data that I just received. Way to hit the ground running, I guess! I'm actually really excited about this because I've always been better at doing several tasks at once, and not so successful at only focusing on one. I will certainly keep y'all posted on my progress!