I usually use this site to write about international (and national) politics, conflicts, sensitive subjects and so forth, but today I will do some different: I’ll give you a general view of my Are you coming out to Brazil? So, read it.
We Brazilians are generally very happy in spite of all problems we’ve got surrounding us. We love having fun, laughing, music, football (soccer), hanging about with friends or just staying home with our families. We love living. For us, life is a blessing and we thank God for each day we wake up in good health.
We are a mixed race. We originated from Indigenous people from our own land (the Natives) and people from Africa, Europe (Portugal, Italia and Germany), and Asia (Japan). Since the discovery (or exploration) of Brazil by Portugal in 1500, our race turned out a combination of several ethnics. It is very positive at some extent, because we inherited usages and habits of a wide and rich range of cultures.
If you go to the North and Northeast of Brazil, you will find African influence in that region. If you go to the State of Rio Grande do Sul, in the South, you will see a German style and if you visit São Paulo, in the Southeast, you will see Italian habits everywhere. The outcome of this miscegenation is what we are today: happy with a large variety of habits and culture.
Brazil is a very big country and it doesn’t matter if you’re going to Rio or Fortaleza, São Paulo or Amazonas; wherever you go, you will find people eager to meet and help you - even if he/she doesn’t speak your language. Of course there are exceptions, but in general Brazilian people is very amicable.
It’s quite common for foreigners to come here and look at us with suspicion; in their minds, we are a band of uneducated people and they think the whole Brazil is the Amazon. Aliens imagine that will find on the street, lions, elephants, tigers and all of those sorts of animals that do not exist in Brazil!
Other common attitude is to believe that we are all criminals. From the time of the disembark in the airport to the way to the hotel, usually, they look afraid of being robbed - and haplessly it happens sometimes; unfortunately it is a reality. If you come to Brazil, you must be careful; safety concerns is a good thing to think about. However, you ought not to think that every one is a bandit - this is a minority, happily.
Brazilians love meeting persons from abroad. Usually, we don’t care if we don’t know the people we are talking to! We start a conversation about anything or simply start asking questions such as “Where are you from?”, “What are you doing here?”, “Why did you choose Brazil to visit?” - and tourists think we are interested in taking advantage of something they own - but alI that we want is only to get to know them; it’s nice to see people from several parts of the world in our land! Tourists are very welcome!
Another thing that is very uncommon for foreigners, is the Brazilian hospitality. Don’t be surprised if after getting to know a Brazilian he/she ask you to go out to have some fun! It could be an invitation to have a lunch with friends or only have some coffee. For your information, It only means that he/she liked you and as an welcomed guest, it’s a pleasure to chat to someone and learn a new culture. Don’t worry: if you refuse it, we will not take it amiss; we understand and respect decisions (nowadays, such a kind of invitation has becoming more rare but it is still common somewhere in the country).
We love making friends.
Normally, our conversation vary from corruption (yep, you will always listen to some Brazilian complaining about our politicians) to sex. We are very open-minded to several subjects but before talking about sex, for example, is better to wait for your Brazilian counterpart to initiate the dialogue. If you do not, it’s possible that he/she will think that you came on here only for sexual reason and will sniff at you.
To summarise, there’s a high probability for you to make lots of friends here. Brazilian people is very friendly and will enjoy drinking a beer or a coffee in a bar or just having a nice chat with you.