I'm coming up on the end of my fourth week here in Porto, and I can say that things are going well, but not as fast as at first.
Language class is not very stressful for me any more, and although there are still times when I feel like I'm underperforming, there are also times when I really feel like I'm moving along. Speaking is still not natural and I often forget to do the right conjugation of verbs, but last night I was able to read a computer magazine in Portuguese without much difficulty and without having to continuously use my dictionary.
Next week I will meet with Prof. Pecas Lopes (my boss at INESC) and another researcher to learn what my work will be for August. Most of the rest of people in INESC will be on break, so I will get exercise my "self-starter" skills. With any luck I will get a new computer since the one I am using now is in the 300 MHz range and I will mostly be doing computer simulations.
Last Sunday I found a Baptist church here in Porto that I am looking forward to attending again tomorrow. So as not to hang too much weight on first impressions, I'll leave it at that, but I hope that before long I'll be able to say with some confidence that I have found a church home.
Another batch of photos have been posted to the gallery, this time complete with captions and everything. I have also updated the times to local time here (having been in EDT before, since that was how the camera clock was set).