Sorry for being absent for a little while here. My life has been kind of crazy lately, lots of things happening. Both good and bad. I'll explain a little.
Lets talk about the good for now:
-I've met a ton of new friends that arrived in the US in September from the Ciências Sem Fronteiras program that the Brazilian Government has created. It's a program that sends students outside of Brazil for education, mainly because of the lack of space in high-ranking universities in Brazil. My guess is that they are trying to improve the infrastructure of the Universities in order to handle more students, but in the meantime they send them to good schools around the world so that they are able to go back to Brazil and help build (and rebuild) the infrastructure there. Most of the students are engineers of one type or another. Pretty much all of the people in CSF that I've met are awesome! From different places all over Brazil. There are some from Bahia, some from Pernambuco, I even know someone from Rondônia! As well as a few Paulistanos and people from Paraná. It's funny, but the more I get accustomed to Brazilians from other places in Brazil, the more I realize how peculiar Paulistanos (and Paulistas in general) in comparison to other Brazilians. Of course, I'm not saying this is a bad thing. It just seems like Paulistanos are a little bit more reserved and at times a little more standoffish than most. Still love Paulistanos though, it's the place where I learned most about Brazil and it will be in my heart forever.
I've really hit it off with this group, and I'm constantly doing things with them...going out, hanging out, getting lunch, going to Churrascarias....it's basically like living a Brazilian life in the US. It's pretty great, and kills some of my saudades...although I'd still prefer to be in Brazil with these people than here.
The not great is as follows:
-I feel like lots of things are crumbling around me, unfortunately. This semester has been a disaster academically, and there is no coming back from some things that have already been done. I'm not going to flunk out of the University but I'm not feeling great about myself in this regard. This brings me to the second issue, which is my extreme apathy since I've come back from Brazil. I think I may even be able to call it a kind of depression, if not just a pretty deep blue funk. I can't get myself to care about much, and I don't know why. I sleep for 13 hours and still feel tired after waking up. Also, one of my best friends (who I love to death) is having an extremely hard time and is currently institutionalized. To make matters worse, my dog (who is awesome) and is only 5 years old, over night contracted an immune disorder which is killing all of her blood cells. She keeps getting transfusions and is in the hospital, but things don't look good. I'm honestly heartbroken over this but don't know how to express it. She may come out of it, but the doctors are being assholes as usual and not giving any information except for a shoulder shrug and the ''we just have to wait and see'' bullshit they always do. Fuck doctors for only caring about legal shit and not having any bedside manner or giving out information. You all suck. My Dad is still dealing with a huge blood clot in his leg after a high 16 year old slammed into my parent's car at 60 MPH, destroying the car. They were lucky they weren't killed, but now my Dad has to endure physical therapy and this blood clot in his leg which doesn't seem to want to dissolve no matter how much medicine he's given.
Lots of other things too, but I don't want to turn BossaBreezes into ''Let Me Complain About my Life Breezes'', so that's all for now. I'll see you guys later