Today there was finally a breakthrough with my work. After months and months of working with this model, I was able to run the simulation fully and actually get RESULTS! spending the better part of the past 1.5 months just trying to debug precipitation files that dated back more than a 100 years drove me to the brink of insanity. Now begins the task of trying to decipher what the outputs mean and what is actually relevant.
Another note, finally I got my Brazilian visa. For anyone planning to travel around the region, I suggest you get all your required visas (for all countries back in Canada or the States). I had to pay the same price for my visa as I would in Canada but mine was only valid for a few weeks. whereas the ones issues from North America are valid for 5 years (multiple entry). So (inshallah) I am planning to make the most out of this trip.