So there I am… sitting at my balcony on the 14th floor of a hotel in the center of Sao Paulo, not far from Avenida Paulista… Only tomorrow-morning left, before returning home and back to normal work again. I had a tremendous week, with many new impressions, most of which I still have to place. Brazil as a country has made a huge impression, as it’s people and dynamics. It is the third time for me visiting this country, but till now the most intense one. As I have grown the last years and months so has my ability to cope with new impressions. Yes I love this country, but it also confuses my simple Western way of thinking. I know that exactly that is the point where I should let go, but it asks much effort. Should I live in a city like Sao Paulo, I would have to accept certain facts, certain rules and above all, I should totally drop my Western way of thinking outside business.
This is complex matter: What is “Western” thinking? What are the “facts” and “rules” I should obey here? Maybe it comes down to the simple conclusion that each country has a certain flow. And if you want to keep going with the current, it is better to stay calm and just ride the waves… or better said: let the waves ride you. How you make yourself special depend on how you ride the waves, whether you use a certain sail, whether you paddle or steer to another course… If you respect the given situation and try to get most out of it, you can survive every sea.
I look forward going back to my home-country, and yet I already think about returning to Brazil. Though the next time I want to master the basics of the portuguese language, and want to have some time to get in touch with locals. Not as is “I’ve met the true inhabitants of this country”, but more getting out the protective state of feeling I have right being in hotels and surroundings, where only people move that have some money to spend and so are able to buy safety. I know that I am in a lucky position that I can afford this right now, but I also know that because of that I do not see the real and total image of Brazil as is. I hope to experience the pure Brazil in the very near future.