Why I moved to Brazil
And so it’s always been a bit confounding to me that Brazilians show a decided preference for travel abroad over travel within their own country. I know more parts of Brazil than many Brazilians. (Although I must admit that many of my Brazilian friends also know New York City far better than I!) However, it seems to me that more and more Brazilians are beginning to explore Brazil herself. I have no data to support that assertion, but it seems to me to be true. I certainly hope so. Brazilians should appreciate and value their country.
And what of Brazil’s people? What do I like
about them? Brazilians often tell me that
they consider their fellow Brazilians to be
rude and uneducated.
A characteristic of Brazilians which as a foreigner I especially appreciate is how welcoming Brazilians are. A foreigner in the US might be made to feel welcome, or he might not be; it really depends on where he’s from and whom he happens to meet. But Brazilians are almost without exception receptive – as witnessed by the many positive comments made by visitors during and after last year’s World Cup.
Brazilians have accepted me here and made me feel welcome even though they frequently disagree with US foreign policy. They are smart enough to distinguish a person from his country’s government. I wish that more Americans could make that distinction.
Brazilians also like to help others. Consider this: When I first moved to Rio, I had to ask for directions on a daily basis. I cannot recall a single time – not one – when the person I approached didn’t stop and help me. More than once the person I approached called over someone else to consult! Brazilians like to be helpful. (I suspect that sometimes they do so because it makes them feel good about themselves, but then, why shouldn’t they?)
Beyond her beauty and her people, Brazil has
so much potential. Yes, it has yet to be
fully realized, but I believe it will be.
(Perhaps some of that Brazilian positivism
is rubbing off on me!) Despite the current
economic setbacks, the future looks good for
Brazil, especially when you compare her
situation with that of other countries. She
has land, and abundant water – two resources
which are in increasingly short supply
around the world. Brazil has a generally
warm and pleasant climate, and she is
unassailed by earthquakes, tornados, and
hurricanes. She has huge reserves of
minerals, and now oil and gas.
There is much more I’d like to write;
however, space dictates that I stop here.
But you’ll hear from me again.
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