I was almost a week in Denver: April 7 to April 12. A lot happened in that week, but it was still WAY TOO SHORT.
My main reason for adding this leg to my trip was to meet my friend Catia who I have been getting to know through email, MSN, phone, etc. I really wanted to meet her face to face, spend some time with her, be able to talk, make sure she's not in truth some 80-year-old toothless hag faking me out.... (Just kidding!)
Things didn't start off very well; I was more than an hour late to our first meeting because it took more time in transit from the airport than I thought, and then I didn't spot the restaurant and had to ask directions. I was more than a little frustrated by the time I got there.... I don't know what her very first impression was, but I confess that this is what went through my head: "WOW, Catia is even prettier than the pictures!".
Catia arranged a wonderful visit for me and we got to do all kinds of fun things: explore the Museum of Natural Science, walk around in the city park, visit Red Rock Park and old Morrison, go to church together, visit downtown Denver including the Capitol building, the Denver Mint, Union Station, a couple of bookstores, and the library (007 style!), see the movie Curious George (this bold choice being mine), and learn more about the Passover meal at TNL.
What will be the future of this friendship? Only God knows, and for now He's not telling.... Catia really is a great, godly woman (see Prov. 31), and I'm trying to get a job in the Denver area after I finish here in Porto to be able to answer that question better. I did get an interview for a job while I was there, and it seems like a good fit. I just need to get my thesis done and let them know when I'll be available and maybe (I HOPE!) they will make an job offer.
It was also great to spend time with my uncle Neil who graciously let me use some space on his living room floor for the week. I hadn't seen him for quite some time, so it was super to be able to catch up with him. If my move there works out, we'll be seeing a lot more of each other!
My primary objective now is to get my thesis done. I am behind schedule and need to kick things in gear! I think it will come together all right.... =)