I like to work. A lot. Always have. To the extent that if I did not have friends around, I would only work and thereby be the most boring person on earth. But here I wouldn’t notice because what I do – for the most part – makes me happy.
Having colleagues who are just as enthusiastic and don’t let my age deter them from showing me the utmost respect is also a huge perk. My fellow American and director of civil engineering, Hoang, is especially good at keeping me sane and we inevitably end up in each others’ office a fair share for therapeutic venting. Other professors are from Poland, Togo, Zimbabwe, Cuba, and at least a couple got their PhDs in the States. Their work ethic only encourages my own. It's a great feeling.
|Francisco and Hoang on Dia de Santo Agostinho|
|Francisco and Filomena in the obligatory Congo line at the UCM graduation.|
|UCM at the Dia de Trabalhadores parade|
|The ever-eloquent Mr. Phiri and Texas A&M alum Dr. Ferrao|