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Another Weekend in Paradise

Hey everyone!
As you can imagine, i’m having a terrible time out here. Just kidding, i’m having the time of my life to say the least! We already had our first tests in Management and in MIS. They went really well and I plan on finishing strong in all of my classes. Our final exams will take place next week before we depart for Rio.

For our third business visit last Friday, we got to visit a water factory. The Indaia water company is the number one water factory in Brazil. It was really fascinating to see the process of how water bottles, soda, and energy drinks are made and filled. We all had a valuable time visiting the huge factory and learning what goes into being the number one water company in a country.

After having a fun time on Friday and Saturday in Fortaleza, we left for Canoa Quebrada early sunday morning. Canoa is another beach town located only two hours away from Fortaleza.

The first night in Canoa, we relaxed and walked around the town. Broadway street is the main part of the town with gift shops, restaurants, and bars. The town was similar to Jericoacoara except it was bigger and not as remote. Plus, you couldn’t even walk around barefoot (best part about Jeri) however, we were able to manage walking around with shoes on.

The next day we all woke up with a lot of patriotism as it was the 4th of July!
A group of us decided to rent ATV’s and go on a tour through the dunes. Instead of riding an ATV, I decided to hop on a dirt bike. After a few minutes, I quickly got the hang of it and was having a great time. Don’t worry, I was going the speed limit! The tour guides rode us up to the top of a dune that had 10 different zip lines to ride. I chose to go on the zip line that went into a body of water because it was hot and I needed to cool off. After a nice swim and a rest, we rode back to the beach to finish the tour. The surprise zip lines were a blast and i’m very happy that I went on that excursion

After an incredible time riding on the beach and through the dunes, I made my way down to the beach to join the rest of the group where we were celebrating the 4th!
I had a great time swimming, relaxing, and hanging around celebrating the 4th with my fellow Americans. Some locals asked to play a game of soccer (Brazil Vs. USA), which we ended up winning. The game wore me out but it was worth it for that win!

Our director for the program planned a special barbeque with all the American fixings to give us a 4th of July experience to remember forever. She even surprised us by giving us sparklers to light and then surprised us with a private firework show that was almost as good as a Disneyland firework show if not better. It was really amazing and we were all very thankful that she put in the effort to give us that celebration.

At the beginning of the trip to Canoa, my roommate met a stray dog and named it Pablo. Don’t worry, the dog was super friendly and soon enough the entire group fell in love with Pablo.

Pablo was given a shower, food, water, and some TLC. We were happy that we were able to help this dog out. When it came time to leave, Pablo was there to walk us down to the busses. It was easy to tell that he loved the attention that we gave him while it lasted. It was sad to leave Pablo and the amazing town of Canoa, but we all know we have to hit the books hard for the next two weeks before we leave for Rio, which is where the program will come to an end.

As it comes down to the last two weeks of this incredible program, It feels pretty bittersweet that I will soon be leaving Brazil. I am almost ready to leave, but I know that I will start to miss this place as soon as I get home.

It is hard to explain how lucky I am to have been able to do this. I finally understand the true meaning of studying and living abroad.

I plan to post at least one more time before the end of my trip. I am excited to tell you all how the last two weeks go and all about my experience in Rio!
I hope you are all happy, healthy, and enjoying the summer from wherever you are.
I can’t wait to see all of my family and friends when I get back to LA the morning of July 20th!

Mucho Obrigado para ler! (Thanks alot for reading)
-Evan

Posted by evanminas 13:16 Archived in Brazil

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