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Ten reasons why we love living in Brazil


Brazilians want to be proud of their country, and these days it is difficult for them.
Facebook is showing their frustrations, often with humor.
I remember having a tv interview and the girl kept trying to put words in my mouth. She wanted some stereotypical answers why I like Brazilians and Brazil. But it is not that simple.
This year we saw a list on the internet: 30 up to 66 “reasons why I hate living in Brazil“.  That is a lot of annoyances, and most expats agree to the points that were made.
But what about the reasons why we love living in Brazil?
We have googled some quotes:

fun before carnavalThey love to party. Or celebrate. Or have a good time. Brazil is home to the world’s biggest party, and there is a good reason for that. Brazilians love to go out and have a good time. They will get together with family, friends and good food tp celebrate just about anything. They wholeheartedly throw themselves into the party, and focus on the moment.  Brazil People – 7 Reasons Why You’ll Love Them

People come first. Brasileiros place more importance on people and relationships than they do on things. If you need something or call somewhere you are going to be dealing with a real person and not a computer. Brazilians are going to be interested in you and who you are. This can be frustrating for people who want to get right to the point.  Brazil People – 7 Reasons Why You’ll Love Them

People here seem to be always happy with their lives. They seem to be absolutely satisfied and they are always smiling. What else you would be doing if you were living in such a nice sunny country as Brazil?

boteco rioButecos – Lots and lots of butecos (and Belo Horizonte is the capital of this). These are like bars that are open onto the street and have outdoor tables. It’s a great place to enjoy a beer or cachaça with friends and check out what’s going on in the town.

Public displays of affection are culturally acceptable.

Some expats were asked for their favourite thing about Brazil:

I would say that Brazil – at least here in Rio and Niterói – allows you to be yourself. At the beach you can be big or small, and still feel beautiful. Maybe not everyone wants to take you home — but they do not skorn you.
As a gay couple we have more rights here than in the USA. But I would not say the general population is on our side. But things are good.
Jim Shattuck from Qualidade de Vida

Big question!  One of my favorite things about Brazil is how this country treats children.  In the US, we tend to get annoyed by children, or consider them to be “less important”.  But Brazilians love to have children around.  If I’m out without my kids, people are always asking where they are, how they are, what they are doing.  They hug kids, kiss them, and seem to be genuinely interested in them.  I love this.
Shelley Ryan-Kelzenberg from Give us This Our Daily Mango

I guess I would have to say the warmth of the people but it has become a bit of a cliche. Not just the day to day friendliness that one experiences going about doing your thing, but the true generosity of Brazilians. One thing I have seen over and over again is how Brazilians are truly generous. People that have busy lives take the time out to help you in a bureaucratic jam. People that have barely two cents to rub together will go into debt to make sure you, as a guest in their house, will have the best meal you have ever had. They will spend hours getting the best ingredients and cooking it to perfection. And no, they do not want your help in the kitchen. Have a seat and a cold beer, they say! Enjoy! Which brings me to something very Brazilian:
Brazilians live for the moment
What is now is what is important for Brazilians. Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is unknown, so they enjoy what is now. Spontaniety. I love how they can make anything into a good time. Making due with what cards they were dealt, which make them the masters of innovation and resourcefulness. A box of matches becomes a percussion instrument for example! They see opportunity where others see none.
Lisa Kaufman aka the Canarioca

My favourite thing about Brazil is not really tangible. It’s more of a feeling. It’s the feeling of things being laid back. Not easy, but laid back and casual. It’s in the mountains and beaches (in Rio) and in the relaxed way the people interact with each other on the street. I love the feeling of always being, somewhat, on vacation.It’s easier for me to tell you what I like about Brazil now that I’ve left. The good things are definitely much more obvious…
Lindsey Costard from Adventures of a Gringa in Brazil

I love living in Brazil for so many reasons, so let me get the most obvious ones out of the way…I love the weather, the beaches, the parties, the clubs and the barbecues….and I also appreciate the feeling of optimism here. The economy is booming and you just have to look around to see that new buildings are being constructed all the time, as are new subway lines. I live in Sao Paulo, which is definitely an exciting city to be living in right now. Things are changing at a fast pace, which as a keen blogger means that I have plenty to be writing about!
Andrew Creelman from Creelman does Brazil

My favorite thing about Brazil is that it is “The Country of the Future.” While the classic definition has been popularized to poke fun at the country’s perpetual failure to live up to its immense potential, in light of Brazil’s recent prosperity, it has come to take on a whole other meaning.
For me, this means that Brazil is a shining light of hope and imagination, both economically and spiritually, amidst some pretty trying times around the rest of the world. While it’s clear that Brazil has its fair share of problems, I will say that there’s a magical, malleable quality to reality in Brazil that injects the future with optimism and the present moment with an intuition that everything’s going to be okay.
As articulated in the famous Brazilian rock song, Alagados, in Brazil, “the art of living gives Faith, just not knowing Faith in what.” So regardless of whether “Country of the Future” turns out to be true or not, life in Brazil has something we can all learn from: a relaxed openness for the here and now up that savors the beauty and lets in opportunity.
Justin Murray from Real Life English

My favorite thing about Brazil is how warm and talkative the people are. As I like to tell people, Brazil has the highest people-dancing-in-the-street ratio of any country I’ve been to. The parties are amazing. The people are friendly and easy to talk to, even if you don’t know Portuguese. Just to give one very basic example, at my gym back in the US, I went weekly for two years without ever meeting or knowing anybody there. I would say at most two words while I was there. Here in Sao Paulo, I’m already on a first-name basis with everyone who works there and a handful of the regulars and I have only been going for a month. I wasn’t even trying to meet any of them either, they just started talking to me.
Mark Manson from Post Masculine

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