Got here almost two weeks ago. I'm at a homestay with a brasilian family, they're pretty cool. And I live in a, I guess, upper middle class neighborhood called Ipanema. There's apparently a song out there called "The Girl from Ipanema". Haven't heard it yet. Classes started last monday, just portuguese for now then other stuff in late february. Haven't done anything too exciting yet. A lot of walking around the city I guess. Been out to the beach but it always really crowded so... not so nice. Friday is a holiday, so we'll have a long weekend, researching some trips into the national forest behind the school. well, I'll let ya'll know how it goes, and maybe keep this a regular thing, we'll see.