Good news… we are in Brazil! Alex has an internship with the HR department of Azul Airlines, and I’m working in marketing. When the opportunity presented itself, we figured.. why not? With only a semester(ish) left of school at BYU, Alex finishing his temp job with the NORC, and childless- we really didn’t have much tying us down. It also helps that I’m technically a Brazilian, but unfortunately a brasileira who didn’t speak a lick of Portuguese.
We arrived 3 weeks ago, and are loving it. For marketing, so far I’ve been able to tag along to places like Rio and Florianopolis, while Alex resides in psychology heaven’s cubicle. But so far most of what we do is study. And study.
Right now is the heart of Brazil’s winter- also known as perfection. The coldest it gets is in the 50s, but typically 70s. Everywhere is green. The food is fantastic, perhaps a little bit too much. There are gorgeous beaches everywhere. And one of my very favorites, the mercados every Saturday with all sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables that I've never even seen before, tasty pastels, homemade trinkets, and more. But the people here are even better.
There are definitely things I miss about the U.S. already, but it is so amazing to actually live somewhere else. Not a week or two vacation, not a month long humanitarian trip, but just live.
..even though I will take the other two any other time. I may be saying this knowing that in three months we will be back in the comfort of U.S., because anyone can do anything for 4 months, right? Either way, right now it’s pretty awesome.
pão de queijos
Here we are with Paulihno from the tallest building in Sao Paulo, after a 3 hour wait. Trust me, do not go on a Friday.