Classes here don’t start until February, so for the first month we are here, we are taking intensive Portuguese Language and Culture classes 4 hours a day Monday-Friday. I successfully got to (and from) my house to class on public transportation- 2 buses (approx 35 minutes, no traffic) which was a huge accomplishment. After we finished our first day of class, I went to explore PUC-SP (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo) where I will be studying this semester. The school takes up one block, and consists of 2 buildings- the old building, which I believe used to be a convent, and the new building (which is still pretty old) and used to be a parking garage. Or so it appears. Here are pictures of the view from the top of the new building, a basketball court between the 2 buildings, some people from my program, and the path between the 2 buildings. There is a lot of graffiti due to protests/student strikes that have occurred there throughout the years, the last being this past November.