The Brazilian coastal tripping continues and the Portunhol or Portuñol (The Portuguese and Spanish equivalent of Spanglish) continues to demonstrate its usefulness. I am actually starting to get my head around Portuguese, although as with Spanish you realise how little you know as you learn more. It is an intriguing language with a sound so distinct to Spanish that it astounds me.
I wish to send out all my best wishes to the UTS team in Mumbai and the city’s inhabitants, many of whom I came to know in January, as the world hears of more terrorist bombings and subsequent fatalities in the urban centre. Here’s hoping that we hear of no more attacks in the future and that those responsible are brought to justice for killing the innocent, the people with whom they have no fight but still cause dispair. You cannot wage war on those who wish not to take part in it, this only makes you a murderer without an eventual goal.
I am currently in the beautiful town of Porto de Galinhas (Chicken Port…hehe) on the Eastern coast of Northern Brasil, about two hours south of Recife, the region’s largest city. I would also like to send my best wishes to the families of those who perished today in a small plane crash in this part of the world. Ten minutes after takeoff from Recife the small Noar Linheas Aereas Flight was lost over the southern region of the city, killing 16 people.
Both events today reminded me of how precious life is, how it can be cut short so quickly and why you must make the most out of what you have. Take every opportunity!
I wanted to speak a little bit about Recife, as it is an intriguing and notable place. Amongst its chaotic streets of around 4-5 million inhabitants there are several beautiful examples of its past splendour exhibited through the local architecture, possibly omens for a future to come. These buildings, the most prime examples located in Olinda to the north of the main centre, tell of a political and economic story typical in the history of Brazil. The area became rich after its establishment in 1537 as the port to neighbouring Olinda, utilised as an extraction point for the much sought after luxury of sugar out toward European capitals. Both the Dutch and Portuguese have laid claim to this patch of prime Brazilian turf. Today it continues to attract business from across the North-East and the nation, though has not shown its potential in the same manner that São Paulo or Rio de Janiero has demonstrated. While sugar is important to the local economy, Recife’s future appears to be better suited to the services sector displayed by the growing local IT industry.
All the best to everyone…ao vivo do Brasil!