Dipping Your Brush In Brazil

By | 23 October, 2018

Relocating to a new country can be a powerful event for an artist. Everyone from Hemingway to the Beatles has done it at some point, and the resulting impact has been undeniable. For many artists, the opportunity to go abroad to teach, work, or study opens doors to new ideas that they’ve never been able to develop.

While the destinations can vary as much as the opportunities, Brazil seems to hold a powerful draw. It could be the pageantry of Carnivale or the amazing scenery, or any of a thousand other factors. Whatever it is, if you find your way to Brazil to work, study, or teach in art, you’ll have a few adjustments to make. Let this be your guide to life in Brazil.

Retain Some Tastes of Home

Everyone varies a little bit in this area. Some people prefer simply to step off the airplane with some cash and then to clothe, feed, and entertain themselves the same way the locals do. For others, a little connection to their roots helps ease the anxiety of the travel transition – one way of doing this is by using a VPN (click here for more information) to make sure you can watch your favourite TV shows from back home while on the move – and helps them be more focused and productive.

If you fall into the latter category, make plans for getting some familiar things stocked in your home and workplace. It could be an extra pair of your favorite shoes to replace those you’ll wear out during your travels.

Whatever your strategy, strike the right balance of familiarity and exploration so that you’ll make the most of your travel.

Understand The Culture

This is far beyond just knowing that Brazilians speak Portuguese and that many of them are Catholic. Travelers tend to think of entire continents the same way, as a single group of peoples and cultures that have little variation across borders.

Of course, that is inaccurate. Each country has its own attributes and perceptions of itself, and you will find things much easier if you learn your way through these idiosyncrasies before saying or doing something embarrassing or insulting.

Get some information. See if you can find a class online or at a community college that will educate you on Brazilian history and culture. If you need to hide your privacy while doing so then remember there are always tools like HIDESTER that can help. Make sure you get some sociological background to explain the norms of their society. Find out about their demographics, working situations, religions, and customs. You can make a lot of inroads with local residents when you can show that you care about and understand the culture.

Don’t Forget The Weather

Once again, there’s more dimension to this than simply knowing that southern hemisphere seasons are opposite of northern ones. There is a heavy tropical influence on the weather in the Amazon basin of Brazil, and much like coastal areas of the US, a sudden rain is possible about every afternoon.

But Brazil is a large country, and you may have the opportunity to visit other areas. There are locations in Brazil that can receive a little snow each year, and there is wide variation in temperatures and rainfall.

There is also the issue of things that are secondary to weather, like mosquitoes. Should you be working or living in the country’s more humid areas, you will definitely want to talk to a doctor about vaccinations as well as read up on repellents and proper techniques for keeping mosquitoes out of buildings.

With a vibrant culture, amazing scenery, and unique history, Brazil can be an amazing place to live, work, and study. But its diverse ethnic background, distance from your original home, and sprawling size provide some unique circumstances that will make your stay there different. Of course, experiencing something different is what it’s all about, so just be sure to plan for the adjustments so that you can enjoy your time in Brazil.

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