February 1st, 2007

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I learned a very interesting fact. Carnaval is not in fact from the 27th of February to the 30th. It is from the 17th to the 20th. Let me say that that really screwed up my schedule. I probably should have done my homework better (and lonely planet probably should have had the dates of Carnaval someplace).

I'm back in São Luis. I had to decide between staying for 2 weeks or staying through Carnaval. Both mess with the rest of my schedule. I'll be here through Carnaval. Having a month in a place means that I can settle in more than I normally would and learn a little more about the culture. I'm starting guitar classes on Friday.

I also have the chance to get to know people better. That means better conversations. I learned that something like 80% of Brazilian marriages end in divorce. I would put the number at 50% for in the US.

I'm staying in the same hotel as before. Coming back and being able to speak some Portuguese, I got to do a little research that I had been curious about. The Moroccan man who I mentioned before is a conman. He spent much of his time with me trying to get money out of me. He also left without paying for his hotel room (he was here for months).