We have used the metro (subway system) and ended up on it at one time during rush hour. It has been hot and humid (a lot like home) and there was a lot of BO going on, but so far I LOVE it here! The people are quieter than we are, keep to themselves, but are friendly for the most part. I didn't really feel a huge cultural shock until I emerged from the metro into the heart of the city and it was way different for many reasons. One being that there are a ton of awesome old buildings mixed with modern and quickly built buildings that are so close to each other that some buildings windows are blocked from great city views. Two, there are a TON of people from all over the world here! I thought that we would stick out like a soar thumb, but have felt like we blend into the melting pot for the most part other than the small fact, that indeed gives us away, we don't speak Portuguese (Port-oo-gays). I braved ordering some food for Tyson and myself and was doing great pronouncing things until the lady said that she didn't have what I was looking for and proceeded to list off 10 other options! I think I did the deer-in-the-headlights look, but she kept trying to get me to understand her quick speaking. The ONLY word that
So, yes I am very grateful for the opportunity to see another culture. To be able to sit back and observe and see how alike we all are and enjoy the differences that we might have. Due to the slow manner of my Internet, I will be waiting to post pictures until I either can get a faster connection or until I get back home. Farewell in Portuguese, Ciao!