The past six months have flown by, and my time in Brazil has already ended. It was such a wonderful experience where I learned and grew a lot. Life in Brazil is quite different than at home in so many different ways. There is less emphasis on promptness and deadlines, but things still eventually got done (usually) and people express themselves differently. I think I’ve seen a lot of things that before spending time abroad I would find funny or strange, but now would not faze me. Couples would kiss anywhere; several people would ride the same bike at the same time, and I saw some outfits that were very different than what I have ever seen…
I just started my summer job on Saturday as a Resident Assistant for “CTY,” which is a camp for students who are very smart and take fast-paced classes for three weeks (the students in my hall are taking math) It was interesting reading and listening to the different policies that I need to follow or enforce while working. Some of the rules are the exact opposite of certain ways of living that I have become accustomed to in Rio. I am not saying that this will be negative or even challenging necessarily; it will just be extremely different.
Other than starting my job, I have been able to see my friends and family, which was great after being away for such a long time. I was home for the fourth of July for the first time that I can remember since being a little kid because I was either at camp, or working somewhere, so I was able to take advantage of this by going to a Nationals game and the Fireworks on the National Mall.
During my last week in Brazil, I had an amazing time. I travelled to São Paulo and Iguaçu Falls with some friends, and then spent time in Rio visiting some if my favorite places for the final times, but it hopefully won’t be too long until I return to Brazil.
(Word used a lot in Brazil—no exact translation, but similar to nostalgia)