I was not sure how to write this entry because writing the journal in a traditional sense was a little more difficult than I foresaw, and recently I have been very intrigued by interviews, regardless of its context. So, in light of my recent interest, I have decided to do this next journal in the form of an interview with myself.
Interviewer (me): If I remember correctly from your last journal, you were basking in the fruits of your laborless life when you first arrived in Brazil. Has your daily routine changed since your last report?
Me: Hahaha yes, I for sure took advantage of the fact that I had nowhere to be for most of the day in the most sedentary sense imaginable, however I did come to realize that I was wasting a lot of time sleeping, so began to live with more intention, and instead of waking up at 11:00am everyday, I began to get up around 6:00am, walk on the beach with a friend, and go back home to eat lunch before heading to school.
Interviewer: And how does Christmas break work over there?
Me: I got out of school at the end of December for Christmas break, which also doubles as summer vacation, so I will have off of school until mid February.
Int: What are your plans for the summer?
Me: For the majority of summer break, I will stay with my host parents in their beach apartment- which feels amazing to say- especially because we live 10 blocks from the beach normally, but my family rented a separate space even closer to the beach to save ourselves 15 minutes of commute time.
Int: How is it living on the other side of the equator?
Me: I would say temperatures are more consistent here than Florida due to my city’s proximity to the equator, but the heat of the sun becomes more intense in December and January, which made Christmas feel a little out of place.
Int: Speaking of, what was it like to celebrate the holidays away from home?
Me: Christmas was such a different experience to the point where it doesn’t feel Christmas happened at all. I celebrated with my host father’s side of the family which includes his four siblings and their respective children and spouses in a large reunion- which I am not accustomed to whatsoever, coming from a fairly modest family. The whole occasion felt more like an assembly of family members and less like a holiday.
Int: And how was Thanksgiving?
Me: Well, I celebrated Thanksgiving with a group of English students who sought out to have a traditional American Thanksgiving and graciously invited me. The Thanksgiving itself was very different from my normal Thanksgiving, being that it took place in a school with people I am not well acquainted with and featured more Brazilian cuisine than a typical one, but was a very nice experience.
Int: What do you think you will miss about Brazil when you return to Florida?
Me: What an excellent question! It’s hard to pinpoint just one thing, but I will miss the energy of the people here. In my experience, Brazilians have been the most vibrant peoples I have ever met and are overwhelmingly inviting and friendly.
Int: What would you say was a big culture shock coming to Brazil?
Me: I wouldn’t say this was a big culture shock, but in the text culture here, they don’t say “lol” and typically don’t use emojis, they express their laughter through the letters “kkk” which have a very different significance in our culture, but they are simply making an onomatopoeia.
Int: How odd… but good to know! Unfortunately that is all the time we have today, but thank you for joining us!
Me: Thank you for having me.
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