So this is our second full day of work so I guess things seem to be settling down. We finally had a meal that we cooked ourselves (some pasta and chicken) and we got a good night of sleep. (The night before Garrett and I slept very little due to serious jetlag). We have been enjoying ourselves in the apartment and have found some nice places around us. There were also some `experiences´, such as lighting our gas stove without matches and we still do not have a real clock, phone or internet. This means that we have had time to do other things, play cards, read and explore. Also, I will be sleeping a lot.
As far as work goes, Martin and I are learning the first order formulation of GR, which is different than the previous formalism that we learned. Now there are two types of indices, internal and spacetime. We are trying to learn the Ashtekar variables in the next couple days (these are a three dimensional projection of our four dimensional space-time picture and a new way to write the equations of relativity). We will let you know when anything exciting shows up.