15 march 2011
It's Tuesday, the second day of classes have started, and I have already experience so many new things. Monday I learned about the traffic of the city. I have a class that starts at 7 30am, so I left the house one hour early, because I thought with it originally only going to take 30 min extra 30 will be great. WRONG, I got on the bus at 6 40am and I didn’t get in front of the campus until 8 15 and didn’t get to tmy class until 8 30am. Good thing it was the first day of classes, the professor was really understanding and said she was late as well. I read over the sylabbus and asked about reading material. The professor was very helpful with helping me print out the readings so I am feeling pretty good about this course, Brazilian Anthropology .
My second class was Latina poetry, well I felt really stupid, because once I got to the class students and I began to talk about the course. I though the course was going to be poet authors from latin American poetry, now its latin poetry the language latin. So I left that class, looked on the board with the listing of courses and decided to check out the intro to brazilian literarute. The class was huge, I’m not even sure if there will be a seat available for me but I will try anyways, otherswise its back to the drawing board. The class went well the professor had a lot of energy she went over the syallbus a little bit to much, she really wanted to use the 2 and half hours. After her class I had a break for lunch, met up with friends and spent R$2, 45 on some crappy lunch but it was food. The food in Portugal is better than what I ate here. I guess with good company bad food doesn’t really matter.
After lunch I had my last glass of the day iconography of slavery. Two students. Two. I mean the professor was really cool, we talked a lot, I guess I like the smallness of the course. We talked about what the course would be about, our experience with iconography, what does diaspora meant. Something interest is that the professor said he hates the words diaspora, if I remember hearing him right in Portuguese, I think he said he didn’t like it because its affliated with Jesus. Jesus having a diaspora. (Not all the way sure, don't quote me on this, I need to re-ask him why he doesn't like the word). Anyways, he started a virtual datebase called the center of cultural studies about the Presence of Africans in the Modern world at UFMG. After that class I had to run over to a potential “job” well its basically private tutor for englsih for different people around belo horizonte. Had a fast yet detailed course of training, books, and told to study study and always prepare lesson a day in advance. (Currently preparing lesson for tomorrow) after the two hour headed home. Only to eat shower and sleep in the order. Set my alarm for 5am because I had training at 8am-10.
So...next day woke up early knowing that the bus would be in traffic, I guess at 6:10ish traffic is alright, so I guess that is the time I will have to leave from now on. After the two hour training I headed back to campus, only to get lose. I read the bus line information and the one I took the last stop said ufmg, boy did I get a surprise. Got off close, and then within seconds it rained, it poured. Like poured so hard!! My whole body was soaked and all my bookd and my backpack. But I was determing even with all the rain to get to my graduate course. The graduate level course about African diaspora in brazil, what a great class. Even with myself being so tired and mentally exhausted all went well. The professor Miriam Jorge had such a great presense and set a really nice tone for the course. I really enjoyed the class particpation, the questions that were thrown around the room, the different perspectives it was really great. More than I expected from a classroom. I look forward to learning more from my collegues as well as learning more about what I may want to studying graduate school. This course could be the key to me knowing. So I pray to God for direction. After the course I took advantage of the wifi and then headed home, again in the rain. Ate dinner and now I'm going to head to bed soon. Now its 9:17pm, so funny I'm tired at this time, usually I'm not.lol