Okay so my supervisor (Daniel) has returned from his trip in Italy and we all know what that means, of course back to work I go! Although I will admit, I would rather return to a placement in Rio rather then returning for a second term with new modules (probably still drunk and disorientated from New Year’s too), is this another reason to do a placement abroad? I think so.
Anyway as I mentioned in my previous post, February is also a really important festive month in Rio and that’s because it’s time to celebrate the world renowned event and that is of course *Drum Roll* Carnival! But this also means its time I learn how to balance work and manage a social life at the same time, and I’ll tell you one thing, films make it look so much easier than it actually is, even if my snapchat story begs to differ.
Right back to Carnival, this was like a once in a lifetime event for me (although I make it my life mission to see it again because funnily enough I don’t think just seeing it once will rest well with me), I finally got to see the cultural side of Rio and coming together of different nationalities for this event, you really get to meet some interesting people ( and I don’t just mean the weird drunks on the street) from across the globe and actually get to experience what Rio is actually all about. So what did I do? Here they have events called “Blocos” these are basically street parties, people selling drinks and food in the street, there is a lot of music and of course a lot of Brazilian dancing, and I promise you, these guys can really dance! So I attended some of the Blocos mainly in Copacabana and Ipanema, stayed quite close to home but wow, people know how to party here and it just didn’t stop and to be honest I didn’t want it to either! But of course Sophia and I purchased tickets to see the Carnival parade in the Sambadrome too, which a part of me didn’t actually believe would be as amazing as Sophia said it would be (I know guys, I was completely wrong), but the costumes, the music and especially the atmosphere was unforgettable, sitting in this stadium from 9:00pm to 3:30am watching all these performances, everyones hard work and seeing all this talent was truly amazing and to be honest it is something I will forever appreciate seeing, seriously if you guys are wanting to travel around February time and really have got no clue where to go, I am telling you book Rio, don’t even think about it just do it. Please.
So here’s the difficult part, with my supervisor making his return, so did my work and responsibilities, which meant I had to add a new word in my vocabulary, balance. Yes balance really is key, you can be anywhere and do anything but remember your responsibilities, its hard but so worth it when it comes to the crunch. I guess this is more of the hard thing of being abroad, you eventually feel like your time is so limited being in a world you just want to explore, that it can be easy to forget why you are actually there in the first place, so how did I do it? I organised myself, which if you guys saw the state of my bedroom you would realise that’s not my strongest quality (I’m sure I’m not alone with this confession), so I planned my week, I also contacted my supervisor to see what my tasks would be before I return to PUC. My main task being at the moment conducting a literature review of psychological research for him, looking at different papers regarding virtual reality and mood induction, grouping records and finding themes within them to see what has been found in this field so far. I was able to organise days I had to work and then plan the days I wanted to party with my friends, and it actually worked! I can say at times it felt like I was sacrificing a good night out but it was worth it, so here’s one tip I have for you guys, when on placement you just have to pick and choose your parties, it is super beneficial in the end, you get a reward, for example when you realise you have completed a lot of your tasks, you can plan a weekend away to Florianopolis with some friends you met at Rio Carnival, sounds good right? I think that’s what I am going to do next anyway.