How’s it going Yanko?
When I read your description of your job in your blog, I wondered what qualifications and university degree you had that led you into this field of work. What are universities like in Brazil? Are they government-funded? How many years is a typical undergraduate degree? Have you done any post graduate study Yanko?
My first degree was in English literature at the University of Leicester and it was a three year degree. During my university years, I did what is called the ‘Erasmus scheme’. This scheme offers funding to students and staff at European higher education institutions for exchanges to other EU countries. The student lives in the exchange university in the student accommodation and attends lectures and studies there whilst researching and writing a thesis .The exchange period is usually 6 months. I had a choice of where to go once I was accepted on the scheme and initially Greece was very appealing. I was thinking of the Greek islands, sun, sea, sand and wonderful Greek food and wondering if I would be able to find the motivation to study there with all those distractions! Knowing full well, that I would probably spend all my time chilling out on a Greek beach and working on a suntan instead of my thesis, I let my head rule my heart and settled on going to Strasbourg in France. The reason I made that choice was because I had been learning French and wanted to improve my language skills even further.
So I stayed in Strasbourg University during my time abroad and travelled around Alsace and into Germany very often. I also used the fantastic train system to visit many other places including south of France, Dordogne region and Pyrenees. I also allowed myself a beach holiday in Spain at the end of the 6 months for some R & R (rest and relaxation). It was a great experience and the Erasmus scheme even gives students a grant towards living costs. I lived on cheap croissants and baguettes and spent most of my grant on travelling around!!
Yanko, I read your blog that told us all about barbeque (I had to eat a sandwich afterwards as it made me hungry!) I’m waiting for an invite to come to your house for some authentic Brazilian BBQ :-) and a few shots of Caipirinha (do you drink it in shot glasses, or with ice or perhaps from the bottle with a long straw?!) I’m just going to correct a few of your uses of vocabulary today;
'decade 70' - in the seventies (this can be used for all decades e.g. in the nineties, in the eighties)
'gyms center ' - sports centre (a gym is either in a school or a room in a sports centre where you lift weights, exercise on a running machine etc)
'time lunch' - lunchtime
Now on to some readers’ comments (apologies I cannot answer all of them):
Habooba from Ahwaz- The name Teah has Greek origins and means ‘Goddess of the sun, moon and stars’
Cristina from Buenos Aires- My parents are both British but my husband is half Russian and half Bulgarian. Here is a picture of my parents and their dog whilst on holiday in the south of England right on the coast.
Takehito from Japan, Visiting a ranch on weekends is not a very common weekend activity amongst Chinese people but foreigners, especially in spring and summer, often want to get out of the city and the pollution at the weekend and spend time with their kids outdoors. There are a few options just outside Beijing like the ranch, orchards, farms, spring resort, hiking in the hills. Apart from that people go to parks, go swimming, eat out, cycle and visit places like the aquarium or zoo and a big favourite is going shopping
Hyoshil from Lincoln- well done on using vocabulary from the blogs so successfully in your comments.
Beatriz from Uruguay, I don’t know the origin of the word ‘Easter’, rather than google it maybe another reader can give us the answer?
Tanya from Ireland thanks for your comments especially the super long one you wrote!
Got some serious study to do now and then I want to take Teah out for a walk as its pretty sunny today and the sky is clear. Then I’m going to attempt to make tandoori chicken tonight for dinner (the chicken is already marinating in the tandoori paste and it’s very red!), never made it before so wish me luck! Cooking Indian food is not my forte but I'm trying to learn.
government-funded (adj) paid for in full or part by the government
funding (n) a sum of money given for a specific purpose
exchanges (n) two students from different countries switch places for a short period of time
thesis (n) an extended academic essay or project
distractions (n) an amusement or something fun that distracts from the real purpose.
head rule my heart to make decisions based on logic not on emotion
settled on decided/made the choice
grant (n) sum of money given to students for study and living costs
authentic (adj) real
marinate (v) to put meat in a marinade
forte (n) strength/strong point
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