I wanted to share this really efficient way of drying clothes that we have in our apartment. They don't use dryers in Brazil like we do in the U.S. because the weather is so warm all year round, at least where we live, so it's common to hang your clothes to dry inside using a pulley system and I just think it's the coolest thing. I really want to have one of these in my house some day.
You can see in the picture below that the windows are always open in this room so the clothes dry remarkably fast unless it's a rainy day and then the clothes take longer to dry.
Wow, it's been a while since I've posted. Time to do some catching up!
Around January 20th I moved everything (by bus) from Cataguases to Vitoria and moved into my new apartment with Taciana. I'll post pics of the apartment sometime soon, but it's really nice and big and really close to the school. It's also super close to a Walmart which is kind of funny except I really wish there was a more local supermarket I could walk to but alas, Walmart put the other ones out of business...
I really hit the ground running getting ready for the upcoming CMAS (air quality modeling) conference in Sao Paulo. I dug into research and in just a couple of weeks produced a poster to present at the conference. Some interesting stuff going on here in Vitoria with regards to air pollution but while doing the poster I had some realizations. 1) I have a big problem: I have a very hard time organizing my brain to do research and unfortunately Brazil does not carry the medication that I take for my ADD. 2) I really fell out of love with doing research at the end of my master's because of the grueling hours spent in solitude in front of a computer and I'm afraid that love is not coming back to me. I was hoping that after taking a break from school and then being able to come to Brazil and study in a new place I would find that love for research again (maybe it wasn't ever there to begin with?) but it's really just not there anymore. It's not that I don't find the subject interesting, but I want to do more practical work and this just isn't cutting it.
Yikes. Tough realizations to come to after I've moved my whole life down south for this. But when I came to Brazil I really didn't know what I wanted, I just new that I had to take the opportunity to spend time here because I had such an amazing connection to this country. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity no matter what, and so regardless of what I decide to do, I know I will have no regrets whatsoever.
We've been having some major issues getting packages to my house in Cataguases. First, the address I gave a few people did not include the house number. After we fixed that problem, I have still not received 2 packages that I know were sent from people with the house number included. They have all been sent via the USPS rather than the much more expensive options, but unfortunately that means there is no tracking number involved. I have checked at the post office twice for unclaimed packages, but they seem convinced that the packages were sent back to the United States, which have not arrived there either. Needless to say, I'm quite frustrated about this. I'm hoping I have better luck with my new address in Vitoria, which I will be moving to around January 20th. The address is:
Rua Diógenes Nascimento das Neves, 164
Edf Aries, AP 404 A
Vitoria, ES 29057-670