It has been a long time since I blogged. In between my last post and now, I have received lots of comments, and I really appreciate all the attention and the thoughts that my readers had – readers from all over the world!
I did a lot of things between these few months. I returned from Brazil, spent a month at home in China, and came back to school in the United States. Last quarter/semester, I attended a few programs organized by the Luso-Brazilian student organization here at Northwestern, and have been very active in everything Brazil-related. I have kept up with my Brazilian friends, and constantly seek ways to speak Portuguese.
This quarter, i gave a presentation on my trip to Brazil, and that was definitely the highlight of this quarter. It reminded me so much of the great times there, and I keep fantasizing about going back and seeing all my friends again. I just love Brazil, absolutely love it.
Because of that, well, also part of the reason I applied for this language grant and travelled to Brazil in the first place, was my Geography project – Brazilian soybeans. You might wonder, why soybeans? Well, the United States and Brazil are the largest producers of soybeans in the world, and Brazil is doing better and better every year. One interesting thing is that the country spent so much money transporting the soybeans and so the cost incurred is huge, even though labor (supposedly) is not as expensive as it is in the US. I have been looking at data from USDA, ISBE, as well as other sources, and got more and more intrigued every day.
So today, I went to the computer lab and stayed a nerd for 5 hours, well almost. I used some raw data from the Internet and did this map. It’s so brilliant, but I’m quite happy since it’s only the first one. It’s only going to get better and you should expect more beautiful maps coming.