quinta-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2011

O que eles sabem sobre o Brazil...

Hello again, sorry I haven’t been able to update the blog earlier but the past two weeks were a bit hectic. My daughter got chicken pox (catapora) and needed special attention and this week is school half-term, which means a short break for school kids and teachers (not me), so parents have the kids at home and with the British weather we need to think about loads of activities indoors to keep the young ones occupied and not bored.

Anyway, here I am just to say a quick hello. Yesterday I was talking to a Brazilian friend and she was asking me what the English people think about us Brazilians. Well my answer was “It varies a lot”. To be honest, the majority of people here don’t know much about us or our country. The stereotype and preconceived image of a hot country, full of beautiful semi-naked women enjoying constant carnival, men enjoying the best football in the world, sipping coffee or fighting sneaks and mosquito in the Amazon jungle is as far as some people can imagine. Many people I met didn’t even know that we speak Portuguese or were colonized by Portugal a while back. They cannot visualize our most modern shopping centre areas for example, but have at some point heard about the violence and poverty in the slums in Rio de Janeiro. On the other hand the well educated British person knows about our economy growth, our culture and life-style, language, etc. The well educated are well informed and with them I get questions like “are Brazilians happy with the new female President?”.

I guess they all like us, the majority is very friendly and treat us with respect, of course there are exceptions but this is a topic for another day. Bye for now…

Um comentário:

  1. Hello Katia,
    Good topic! People ask me this sometimes. Americans are the same! But the image of our country is changing, at least I hope so!

    Have a good week!
    I hope your daugther get well soon!