Wednesday, December 07, 2011
All year just waiting for this moment, didn't realize the reality of it till I got here.
Brazil is a enormous change from Florida.. I still wake up an think “Whoa I'm in Brazil”. Sao Paulo is a metropolis, a vast concrete jungle. I'm very lucky to be here, and doing what I thought I would never do. Being on exchange puts you in the most random unimaginable situations, It's incredible! I wouldn't trade this for anything. Thanks so much for everyone who helped me get to where I am today.
Everyday is new, Every moment is great, with each new day I do so many new things. Brazil never has a dull moment for me. For one, The city has many major hills and mountains, only one thing came to mind when I saw this: Long Board. With a long board I bought here its like street surfing, all the hills twists and turns makes for an Effective Quick and Entertaining method of transportation. I can now pilot a board down severe inclines at unflagging speeds with remarkable control.
Lets talk about Soccer, Everyone says, Oh Brazil? You better get good at soccer..
I did try to play soccer the first week I was here, the kids are really good. I didn't stand a chance. They scored every time. Now I will play for the school this year. I figure you can't live in Brazil for a year and not come back with mad soccer skills.
Surfing, Yes.. Surfing in Brazil. My favorite.
I went to the beach last month and went surfing, The beach we went to was really nice, basically this place was Half-Jungle & Half-Mountain. I felt like I was at that island in the movie “King Kong” It was truly something I will remember for years to come.
Lets talk about Brazil's food.. Its one of a kind I'd say. Their barbeque puts ours to shame.. Seriously ours is pale in comparison.. Also I'm getting used to the Rice & Beans everyday. At first, it was kind of irritating but now it just feels normal. A very common establishment here is the Bakeries. In the U.S. We don't use the bakery like they do.. I swear there is one on every street corner here.. its convenient and has good food.
I have traveled to many other cities so far including Itu, Minas Gerais, Santos, and a few more. I love traveling while on exchange it really gives you the "Im on my own feeling".
My Portuguese is coming on quickly. Its been two months and I understand a lot. Several other exchange students and I take an extra Portuguese class two times per week after school. School here is in two sections. You either study in the morning from 7:00AM-12:30PM or you come in the afternoon from 1:00PM-6PM. I study in the morning which I think is better cause I get the rest of the day free. In the classroom I understand a fair amount, The teachers talk very fast and its hard to translate it. I do what I can in school after all it is in another language and rather difficult. Students in the school are very nice and welcome foreigners.
Though I do not think I have been here long enough to state major cultural differences, but here are some small differences I have noticed:
* Families here are more family oriented, do more family activity than North Americans.
* Brazilian Barbeque is the most delicious food. Ever.
* Arabian food is common here.
* Public transportation is very common and good. You can get to almost anywhere in Sao Paulo with Metro and trains for very cheap.
* Every exchange student will tell you: Be prepared to eat Beans & Rice all the time.
* What another exchange student said: There is no escape from U.S. Pop Music.
* Brazil is SUPER Patriotic when in situations involving Soccer.
This is going to be the best year of my life. I cant imagine not doing it now. Thank You to All of Rotary,
* Thank You to Rotary Clubs Throughout the Florida Keys. I am so Thankful.
* Thanks to Ryan Dooley ( Miami Passport Agency )
* Thank You so much to Susan Miller
* Thank You Mom & Dad
* Thank You to many others
It started off good, and It will end even better.