BH uai?!

You know, after two months, you think i would have mentioned the classic dica mineira, uai (why). One of the first things i learned here was this uai. Uai can mean a variety of things. Its main purpose is for emphasis, like Oh! I like your bag, uai. Or it can literally mean why in English, like why not, or why?

With that said, i wanted to clarify my uai for choosing Belo Horizonte. Many brasileiros ask me uai did you choose Belo Horizonte, i mean, really UAI? And as for my friends and family back in the States, they’ve never heard of Belo Horizonte, much less can speak the name, and, thus, are also wondering, MONICA, why on earth would you go to Belo Horizonte????

Well i’ll tell you UAI. Because Belo-Horizonte (also known as BH) is the perfect fit for me. A lot of people will say that it doesn’t matter where you choose to study abroad, because no matter what you’ll make the most of your situation. Although this may be true, it still makes a difference as to where you go to study abroad. I would like to think I’m lucky because i really didn’t research anything about Belo Horizonte, so graças a Deus, I’m lovin’ these parts.

These parts are great number one because of the mineiros. Mineiros (people from Minas Gerais) are generally very friendly, especially towards foreigners, even more so towards Americans-GENERALLY speaking, of course. Because, i love to chat, this place fits just fine!

Another Reason UAI i would choose to go to BH is the night life. Belo Horizonte is the third biggest city in Brasil, and has a lot of people, around 3 million! That is a lot, my friends, so obviously there has to be a lot going on. One weekend they had a 24 hour long event called Virada Cultural where you could see artists, comedians, and more from 5pm Saturday to 5pm the next day.

Vinícius, Larissa, me, and Otávio at Virada Cultural
Vinícius, Larissa, me, and Otávio at Virada Cultural

And that was the first Virada Cultural BH has had, so clearly I came at the right time.

BH also has some municipal parks, one in which i visited with an exchange student, Tove. The park was free and we had two tour guides. The picture below shows a mountain and the city, which i appreciate because i enjoy both the city and the mountains.

Me and Tove at an overlook of BH at Serra do Curral
Me and Tove at an overlook of BH at Serra do Curral

As you can see BH is HUGE, even though a gente (people) call it an “egg” because it’s so “small” and you constantly run into people you know. In fact, Gabriel, a brasileiro who taught me that phrase invited myself and another Badger, Jordan, to an exhibit at the Palácio das Artes to celebrate his aniversário (birthday). There we went to an exhibit of an artist, M.C. Escher. Here are some pictures of his crazy illusions (all photo creds to the pics below belong to Gabriel):

Escher’s got mad skill
Escher’s got mad skill
Me reppin’ Wisco with an illusion backdrop
Me reppin’ Wisco with an illusion backdrop
Jordan, Gabriel, and I admiring the many mirrors
Jordan, Gabriel, and I admiring the many mirrors

Yeah, so you can go to an art exhibit, and then hit up one of the many bars, boates (dance clubs), or go to cultural events in the city. Did i mention that coming in November, Belo Horizonte will dedicate a week to celebrate the Beatles? I mean come onnnn people UAI???

So, there you have it. I’m in BH UAI. I mean, yeah, i could’ve selected Rio, but that was a tad expensive, and BH is unique; as in, unknown by most non-brazilians. Naturally, i would pull a hipster move and decide to go to BH, and as it turns out i made a good decision 🙂

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