Well – we made it through the first full week in Curitiba – and it has been nothing but great! We’ve enjoyed the people, the food, the scenery, and the work!
First the work – This week was primarily spent understanding the project and the goals that my entrepreneur has for me during my time here. The company I’m working with is very young, so these have been informal, creative, and very fun conversations. I’m helping Tecverde to develop a partnership strategy for R&D and it’s going to be a great learning experience for all of us.
Noa (the other EY Fellow) and I also spent a day in the EY office here learning about the business world here, EY’s presence, and getting to know the local leaders. We couldn’t have asked for a better support system. Claudio (the office managing partner), Marcelo (our local day-to-day contact), and the other folks we met have been so wonderfully helpful!
The company’s current office is in a converted house, and on Friday, they hosted a traditional BBQ in the backyard of the office. The food was delicious and it was a great way to get to know some of my colleagues more informally.
This weekend was all about settling in and then playing tourists for Ben and me. Curitiba isn’t a big tourist city so we likely won’t spend many weekends here, but this weekend we wanted to get to know the city better. We took a hop on/hop off bus tour of the city with Noa and Gilad (the other EY Fellow and her boyfriend) and it was a great way to see the main points of interest.
Going forward, we to do some traveling to places like Florianopolis, Rio, Parity, Ilha do Mel, Morrentes, and Foz de Iguacu.
This weekend we also joined a gym (that was an experience in itself trying to discuss getting a monthly membership in portuguese), ate at a traditional churrascaria, and perused a huge local Sunday fair.
Here are some pictures of the weekend touring:
This is Ben and I on the tourist bus
A typical street
View of the city at sunset from a panoramic tower