Photo: Octavio Maron
1. “Awesome! It’s #1 in this little bucket list!”
Indeed, Brazil’s an excellent destination, and that i really love when someone realizes it. Consumers are nice, the weather’s lovely month in month out, high are great outdoor spaces and hip cities.
I have a tendency to reply, “Awesome! Here’s my email. Let’s talk, and I’ll share some insider tips.” Those tips always involve pão de queijo (cheese bread). Considering that the world has to be a better place once the deliciousness of pão de queijo is globally appreciated.
2. “Wasn’t it crazy through the World Cup?”
It was fun. Variety of sad finally, sure, but fun. If you do not are now living in the Vila Madalena neighborhood of São Paulo. That was the seventh circle of hell.
3. “I like Brazilian music.”
Thanks. We all do. Music is really a major conversation starter, and many Brazilians are into it. But do you really prefer Bebel Gilberto or old-school Sepultura? Because, for some rock fans, the highest music act to ever rise from Brazil are these claims quartet of headbangers.
Sepultura was one of the most successful Brazilian music band in the US, Asia, and Europe for some time, selling more records than Jobim and Gilberto. Than the guy arrived. Damn you, Teló!
4. “Where’s that, exactly?”
Not anybody can denote Brazil over a map although it’s your fifth largest country on the earth. Can you think it? And São Paulo (no, no, money is Brasília) will be the 10th most populous city. We’re big!
5. “Pelé was great, but Maradona (or Beckenbauer, or Zidane, take your pick) was obviously a better player.”
Yeah. Soccer. Each and every time. That leads me to:
6. “I felt unhealthy for your country…you know…On that day.”
Can we focus on something more important?
7. “Does one opt for Lula?”
Gringos by using a mind on global issues will usually make an attempt to start up a political conversation. Although I’m never scared of going there, I tend to cure it, of these are tough times in Brazil. Presidential elections are approaching, and there’s been a lot of polarization, rage, and confusion surrounding them.
8. “Woooohooo, caipirinhas!”
Drunk gringos, whenever! We all like the national drink, and I’m great at preparing one. But it’s unattainable to produce a caipirinha with rum. That’s a daiquiri. Sorry.
9. “Ever read Paulo Coelho? The Alchemist changed my well being!”
Isn’t it strange any particular one extremely commercially successful writers ever develops from a country that barely reads? Seeing that we’re about them, Brazil produced and also this camera writers whose works appear in English. Machado de Assis and Jorge Amado are engaged.
10. “My sister-in-law in the states originates from Minas Gerais.”
I should foresee the Minas Gerais commentary if my interlocutor is American. The town of Governador Valadares in MG state has the record for sending Brazilians towards the US. There were just a popular novela decade ago concerning the misadventures of your poor young woman who decides to take an opportunity and move north. The name was “America,” and here’s an excerpt. It’s hilarious. But have no fear; in the end she returns.
11. “I’m looking to go buy. Might it be safe?”
The answer is, like in most places: That depends. I am inclined to imagine my country as safe, but bad things do should gringos and locals, and you will take notice. But please don’t avoid Brazil a result of the stigma of violence.
12. “I have a good time in Rio but got mugged.”
Yeah, me too. Twice. Best practice to cure it in Rio (and otherwise) is always to resemble you know what you’re doing, and don’t carry expensive stuff. Take it easy and enjoy.
This \’s what I obtained in southwest India generally when announcing my cool Brazilian heritage. I am able to only blame it in their total not enough need for soccer. Everbody knows, Indians in general prefer cricket.