The World passes by in a second when one travels, whole days morph into the blink of an eye as experiences are formed with an emotion and intensity foreign to everyday life. This is why I love what I do. This is why I travel the Globe. This is why I learn so much, so quickly.
Pregunta: Now where would one escape to during the winter months that engulf my beloved Buenos Aires with unbearably cold temperatures?
Respuesta: NORTHERN BRASIL!!
I first came to Brazil at the end of 2005 but only had the opportunity to visit a couple of famous spots in the south. In addition to it’s world renowned beaches bursting with cultural influences from Africa to Europe and tempting all year round sunshine, Brazil is also on the up up up! Of course challenges remain, such as high levels of inequality and urban poverty that have given the country a reputation for violence and crime. However I have found a very different environment, filled with warmth and aspiration as Brazil looks forward to hosting the Futbol World Cup in 2014 and the Rio de Janiero Summer Olympics in 2016. All one needs to do is look out over the skyline of cities such as Natal or Fortaleza to see the massive level of construction and development that has been increasing in recent years.
Por favor don’t take The Fast and the Furious 5’s picture of a country controlled by mafia tycoon’s and druglords as a definitive truth about the majority. For me it is a country controlled by smiling and helpful locals who enjoy sitting down and chatting to you in Portuguese while you reply in a blended Portuguese-Spanish. Like it’s neighbours Brazil has continuously suffered from economic build and bust, therefore many Brazilians I speak to about the subject of being a growing global super power are a little sceptical about the prospect. Most agree that this is certainly a great time to be in Brazil, to be Brazilian and to be seen by many of the world’s developing nations as an example of a country on the right path. However, I have also heard people in their mid-20’s say that it will be something their children, or children’s children will reap the benefits of. I would have to say I agree. You can’t just rise millions out of poverty in a few years no matter how hard you try. I also met a woman who was fearful that during the World Cup international media would focus attention on cities that have insufficient infrastructure to host games, such as Fortaleza or Manaus in the Amazonia region. Time will tell.
My main opinion is that at least it is a country filled with people truly questioning their future, their place in the world, and what needs to be done to get there. Where ‘there’ is exactly is anyone’s guess. They are thinking about it because the country has the opportunities in the coming years to show the world what it is made of, Brazil is by no means a country to ignore!
Well that’s it for now, off to enjoy the sunshine and the beach with an Açai bowl of banana and granola. I truly hope all keeps going smoothly here because regardless of future outcomes it is a part of the world that has won over my heart a million times.
Eu te amo Brasil