This past January I had the privilege to visit the robust country of Brazil for an MBA business trip. Although this country has been stricken by years of government corruption and oppression; resulting in vast amounts of poverty and an ever growing unemployment rate, Brazil has vigorously worked to make a rebound. Before visiting, I was cautioned to leave all my nice belongings behind, leaving behind flashy jewelry, purses, and clothing. I was warned to always stay with a group and to never wonder off alone; reminded to use my “street smarts”. With all this preparation and caution, I stepped off the plane in Brazil, as if I was stepping into a war zone. Suspicious of everyone and ready to defend myself at any point, however I was pleasantly surprised and was greeted with beautiful palm trees, a warm sun and extremely hospitable and welcoming people.
During my visit to six major businesses: Unica (a company who converts sugarcane into fuel for economically friendly vehicles. Brazil is actually a leader in social responsibility with their use of sugar cane, with 95% of their citizens driving eco-friendly vehicles), TV Globo (the 5th largest television company in the world), Ernest and Young, Itaú (one of the biggest banks in Latin America), GE Latin America, Azul (a startup airline company based in Brazil-looking to break the trend of bus travel among Brazilians and increase Brazilian air travel), and Savanza (a social entrepreneurial endeavor aimed at helping improve the payment process and funding of Brazilian education systems). During my visits, I saw a country whose resilience and vast efforts to improve to be inspiring and uplifting.
I must say, I felt very safe in my travels throughout Brazil. While I would reiterate, that like any city, you must keep you street smarts about you, this country has a lot to offer. The people were extremely friendly and were very welcoming to tourists. Brazil is an absolutely gorgeous place and I can see they are headed for great things. This hidden gem is worth the trip! Their great architecture, set on a tropical landscape, and their lush sandy beaches, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Small little markets are nestle throughout cities side streets and the food is amazing; fresh fruit that melts in your mouth and their Brazilian steak houses, OH MY!! I probably gained 10 lbs because of these steak houses, not only were they entertaining; the meat was so fresh, falling right off the skewer. Check out my pictures below and start planning your trip today!
Their local drink, a Caprina, made with delicous sugar cane alcohol, sugar, fresh lime, and wolllaaaaaa
AAAAMMMAAAZZIIINNNNGGG Brazilian steak houses! With every kind of meat you can think of beef, pork, chicken, duck, chicken hearts, lamb and all are deliciously grilled!
Beautiful beaches lined with rolling mountains!
Me and several of my friends at the infamous Christ the Reedemer statue.
Me, tasting some yummy fresh fruit in a local market!
SOOO much fun, the Brazilian Samba school. The Samba is a local dance which is upbeat and lively. The school is where locals practice and reherse for their 46 day holiday, Carnival observed before Easter. Carnival is a large party celebrated by the whole country with lots of great music, fantastic food, colorful clothing, and dancing!!
Over and Out,