If you would have asked me a year ago “What it Brasil?” I would have responded to you robotically and with common knowledge :” Brasil is the largest and most populated country of South America.Capital ? Brasilia.” And that would have been it.
In fact, nothing had particularly pushed me to learn more about this country.But life is a full of surprises !
I arrived in Garopaba the 3 of September of 2017. And little did I know that I would find another home , another family that welcomed de “braços abertos” since day one!
I remember a metaphor that Beliza made during our first week in Floripa : “ You all are like babies now , and by mid-april we will have at Training Seminar III , full grown ups “. At first sight I didn’t fully understand it.But it made sense later on … How ?
I was suddenly in a new environment , new culture , new setting that I had no clue ..… However as time passed , it all started to make sense .I was able to joke with Débora my wonderful hostmum <3 , tease Nananix , and even have existentialist conversation with Josie !Not only did I understand the “chantonnant” portuguese “girias e sotaques “ but I felt that I belonged to my community , I felt in peace !
In fact during my stay in Garopaba ,the word Brasil translated from a distant geographic “lugar” into my reality ! And I am proud to say that although I am now 8100 km away from my blue wooden house by the sea shore , I feel deeply connected to the country that hosted me for 8 months .
The link that I made with the brazilian culture was so strong , that after returning home , I kept researching more information about that “Pais Tropical tao maravilhoso que me encantou tanto !”
For instance ,I just finished reading “Historia ‘s” special number : “SOMOS INDIOS “, discovered the movement “arcadismo “ through the poetry of Tomas Antonio Gonzaga. And here is wonderful excerpt that I would love to share with you all !
“Os teus olhos espalham luz divina,
A quem a luz do Sol em vão se atreve:
Papoula, ou rosa delicada, e fina,
Te cobre as faces, que são cor de neve.
Os teus cabelos são uns fios d’ouro;
Teu lindo corpo bálsamos vapora.
Ah! Não, não fez o Céu, gentil Pastora,
Para glória de Amor igual tesouro.
Graças, Marília bela,
Graças à minha Estrela!”
I also became a fine specialist on a really delicate topic “BRAZILIAN FUNK”.
Yes , Daniel Saboya helps me to think I can make the “quadrar e rebolar “ xD .
Yes , you will likely hear MC kevinho’s music whether you want or not during Carnaval at Ferrugem !
No Brasil is not only about Samba and Carnaval in Rio.
Yes , I am addicted to chimarrao , I bought my cuia , bomba and I drink it all day long !
I don’t think a blog could fully encapsulate my full experience , but this just a small attempt to share a bit of my experience and also thank the ones who made the journey so special .Entao Vamos là entao !
Obrigada Debora for being my inspiration. You are such a wonderful example of women empowerement.
Obrigada Vovis for your eternal patiencia comigo !
Obrigada Nananix for allowing me to be your sister , and teaching that “Borboletinha ta na cozinha “.Te amo , irmaozinho<3
Obrigada Josie for being more than a supervisor ! Muito gratido para tua amizade.
Obrigada Simone e Gustavo para sua hospitalidade e mi apprender como fazer Chimarrao !
Obrigada Lucianne para me ajudar a descobrir muito mais sobre la miteratura brasileira !
Obrigada Marcella , Yuri , Belkis , Chris e Analice !! My journey wouldn’t have been as wonderful without you guys !
Enfim , quero agradecer todo mundo que me recebeu na Garopaba ! Obrigada por tudo ! Foi uma aventura maravilhosa !!
"AIE AIE SAUDADE NAO VEM A ME MATAR !!