United & It Feels So Good:
Arrival At UNIMEP

The group wakes up on the campus of Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP). The Brazilian students from Universidade Metodista de Sao Paulo are staying with the U.S. students at Fazendinha, a pleasant, rustic lodging area set slightly outside of campus, surrounded by sugar cane fields, avocado and orange trees. In the morning the students attend a lecture about the Consórcio PCJ, a committee that deals with the regulation of three rivers: the Piracicaba, the Capvari, and the Jundiai (collectively known as the PCJ). In the afternoon, all the students are excited to meet the rest of their research partners in Piracicaba to start finalizing the work on their projects. Meeting in person is long awaited after months of internet communication. In the evening, back at Fazendinha, the group partakes in a capoeira lesson, a traditional Afro-Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, music, and dance. Everyone settles in after capoeira to prepare for the coming week's work on research projects...