I've been in Porto for two weeks now, and thought I'd put an update up for all the loyal fans out there! ;) All is well, and I am gaining confidence in using Portuguese, though it is still very rudimentary and comprehension of real people talking is low. I put a number of pictures up in the gallery (have a look!).
I have been in the Portuguese for Foreigners class for a week now, and I can at least understand the teachers when they talk, though of people in the "real world" talk faster, with less enunciation, and more complex sentence structure. Still, this is an improvement over the first few days this week when it took all my concentration to mostly understand what the teachers were saying.
The people I will be working with in INESC have been very, very helpful for me, assisting me in everything from finding the canteen for lunch to getting a bus pass and opening a bank account, many of which I would have had tremendous difficulty finishing on my own. Besides being helpful, they are also very friendly and funny and I think it will be a pleasure to spend time at work in INESC.
So far I don't know much of traditional Portuguese food since it is cheaper and easier to eat in the school canteens or at home than go out for a meal. I will be trying to remember to take pictures of my meals when I eat out so 1) I can find out what it is called from my friends at INESC and 2) So I can post the pictures to the 'net for the edification of the whole world.