Unfortunately, I went to the wrong bus station. I followed directions and everything, but I went to the old, local-only bus station when I needed to go to the newer, regional station. So, I dragged myself onto the metro and headed to Estaçao Shopping, hoping to god that there would be buses there. It all worked out in the end. I was just in time to catch the executive bus to Goiania at 10am (a more direct route than the normal buses), and I arrived 3 hours later. I slept most of the bus ride, thankful to finally be in the right place.
|On the bus to Goiania|
I met Camilla, Lara, and Bruna (my host) at the McDonald's at the station in Goiania. They're all extremely nice and speak English brilliantly. Lara had to skip off to class, so Camilla dropped Bruna and I off at her flat. She has a really nice studio apartment. It's pretty basic and small, but I think it's really charming. I have a pull out mattress that I'll sleep on later tonight and even a few drawers to call my own. I'm happy. She lives in the Universitario area of the city, which is unfortunately under some extreme construction, but it's a neat neighborhood all the same. We walked around a bit, bought some groceries, and had a coffee. I even helped her edit the English version of her resume. I think we're going to be great roommates.
Tonight we went out with a bunch of AIESEC members from Goiania to celebrate one of their birthdays. We went to probably the most authentic Brazilian place imaginable. You might not have heard of it. It's called Outback Steakhouse.
Haha! Yeah, that cheesy Australian steakhouse we all loathe for its terrible commercials and ridiculously high caloric meals. Well, it looked exactly the same as any other Outback I've experienced in the US except the menu was in Portuguese and it was crazy expensive, even in dollars. But, I had a lot of fun. I met another intern here from Holland named Anne, and we get along great. She's been here 2 weeks, and we hopefully will get a chance to explore the city together.
|One half of our table|
I've been told that tomorrow I'm going to get to check out my workplace. Not sure if that means I'm going to start or if it's just a shadow/introduction day. That's not until 2pm tomorrow, so I'll have some time to prepare in the morning just in case I do have to teach. In any case, the exhaustion has finally hit me, so I'm going to call it a night.