November 25, 2007

a couple weeks of travel

So on Friday, Oct 26th, I went to Brazil for the first time. I was there for 8 days, doing presentations about opensolaris at four different universities. I flew into Sao Paulo, then i presented at FATEC in Sao Jose do Rio Preto on Monday, at the Ministry of Education and UnB in Brasilia on Tuesday, at FANOR in Fortaleza on Wednesday, and at FTC in Salvador on Thursday. Our travel schedule was pretty hectic, but we did get to see a bunch of different cities in Brazil and i was able to relax Friday and Sat in Salvador. Here are some of my pictures from the trip.

On Sunday i flew out of Salvador to beautiful Newark, NJ for a week of university recruiting. Tuesday night we (me and one of my co-workers) had an info session at Princeton University and Wednesday we had a full day of interviews at the Princeton career center, after which we drove down to Baltimore, MD so that we could repeat the info session and interview process at John Hopkins University on Thursday and Friday.

One evening in Baltimore was spent hanging out with some old friends, Jonathan and Frances, who moved to Baltimore a while back. They were leaving town early Friday morning, but we managed to catch up and chat over a tasty dinner at The Helmand on Thursday.

Saturday morning i rented a car and drove down to visit my sister near Washington DC. We hadn't seen each other for almost a year so we had a really great low key time just hanging out. We did some shopping, cooked some chili, tried some local restaurants, etc. It was near her birthday, so to celebrate we went to a spa to get massages and then we went out to a great dinner at Nora's, during which we were heartily entertained by an an incredibly arrogant and annoying french man sitting next to us. We spent most the dinner talking in Polish about him and his dining companion.

I finally got back home at around 11 am on Tue, Nov 13th. In summary, i ended up visiting about 8 different cities in 17 days. Man, was i happy to sleep in my own bed again.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to met you Edward.
    I hope see you again someday.
    If someday you want to visit Fortaleza again, call me. :)