We haven't been out too much as we've been so busy with starting up work, but Sao Paulo is very pretty. Very lush and tropical but without the humidity (at least not yet). It's winter here, but the "winter" is very tolerable....although there's no AC or heat in buildings, so layering is the way to go.
Sao Paulo is also very, very diverse. It has the largest concentration of Italians and Japanese outside of their respective countries. People have migrated here from around the world, and it shows. After living in very homogenous cultures, it's a wonderful change to be a part of such diversity. At the school, however, Portuguese rules. There is virtually no English in Sao Paulo and no one speaks English. Learning Portuguese here, then, will be a necessity as a matter of survival. If you think it's like Spanish, guess again--it's not. Spanish speakers here have some more success navigating life, but even they say that learning Portuguese is not an option here--it's required!
|The Caipirinha--with passion fruit!|
Life is good as always--every new post bring new challenges and new blessings. We are adjusting to apartment life and the reality of living on a strict daily budget in order to do the things we want to do. We are a part of a dynamic school that has everything in order the way it should be and we are energized by that. Noah and Ava bear the largest brunt of the change, having to resettle and find themselves socially and academically and that is always so hard to watch. There wasn't much to say about Saudi, but stay tuned for the adventures we'll have in Sao Paulo!