Whitney's Story Index:


Ao final
07/13/2014

Son in the sky
07/12/2014

Recife
06/27/2014


Vida Dura
06/23/2014


Un lugar para mi
09/09/2011

Crossed the border
08/18/2011

Quiero mas tiempo!
07/31/2011


Yay for a shower!
07/19/2011

New coast for me!
07/15/2011

The ocean calls
07/09/2011


Tierra Dura
06/26/2011

Time to dry
06/24/2011


Rolling with it
06/09/2011

Viviendo la vida
04/27/2011











Day BA
02/24/2009








Bangkok, Thailand
09/13/2008




Day trip to Bowen
06/25/2008














Bouldering trip
03/17/2008

Beach volleyball!
03/14/2008



time for school
03/06/2008




Mailing address
02/27/2008


Townsville!
02/25/2008


The Last Supper
02/16/2008

Impressions of Brazil

Here are some impressions that have developed thus far... It's hard to know what applies to brazilians as a whole, to the region, or just to the people I've been with over the past 2 weeks, but for now, I'm gonna let my experience shape my impression of 'Brazilians' in general:
  • Brazilians are a very welcoming people. They are hosting the world right now, and they seem to really enjoy it, and want visitors to enjoy brazil.

  • They eat a lot of cheese. Cheese with every meal.

  • Their meat is quite good but, man, do they like their meat salty! Saaalty!

  • Light on veggies, other than onions.

  • Fruits are good.

  • Food is expensive. Dining out seems common (i.e. daily) and I can eat cheaper in Honolulu. How do they pay for living?

  • They eat often. It feels we just move from one meal to the next without a whole lot in between.

  • When do these people work? Is the World Cup just one big fat national holiday?

  • Beer is light and uninspired (lagers) -- no big surprise, standard for South American countries.

  • They love air conditioning. They are a windows-closed, air-on kinna people. (Average temp the past few weeks has been maybe... 75-80?)

  • While I feel much less a gringo here than other parts of South America, something still marks me as an obvious extrangeiro. Actually, more specifically, obviously American. I've looked around me, and Americans do have a way of sticking out like a sore thumb. For many, it's the shoes. Or the American flag cape. But also, I've noticed that generally, the in-shape, active-looking women are distinctly American. We work out.

  • If a Brazilian knows a part of the US, it's Florida. Most likely Miami. (This was also true in other parts of South America)

  • Sharks here eat people. "Danger of shark: Avoid sea bath."

  • Cell phone etiquette is different. Countless times I have looked around at an entire table at a bar or restaurant, and all but perhaps one or two people are fixated on their tiny screens... The one or two probably ran out of battery.



Man on beach with a horse



Posted by Whitney 06/25/2014