A matter of perspective

Inside a restaurant in Bali one day, we suddenly saw this map:

Asia centric world map

Asia centric world map

It may seem very ordinary to some people, but this just blew my mind. Growing up in Brazil, all of the maps I’ve seen in my life looked much more like this:

World map

World map

To me, Asia has always been on the other side of the world, as far as I could go. Then looking at that map in Bali I realized that to them, I’m the one living on the edge. Literally. Brazil is on the right edge, where there is nothing left to be seen or shown. And then I wondered…isn’t everything just a matter of perspective? Who is right or wrong, who lives near or far, who has the “right” religion, which country is better, summer or winter, hot or cold. After all, remember that once it was thought that the Earth was a square.

Life is not an exact science. It’s a twirled path with many ups and downs, choices and perspectives to be seen. It’s only up to you and me to choose to be open to these new ways to see and understand the world. Next time you have an argument, try to see the other side, it’s just a matter of perspective, of different points of view.

That being said, let’s have some fun seeing the world through different perspectives, shall we?

North pole centered map

North Pole centered map

America centered map

America centered map

Antarctica centered map

Antarctica centered map

Arrivals and departures

Ever since I arrived in India, I’ve made many friends and been to many farewells, seen many arrivals and departures. Whenever you arrive in a new place you feel like the outsider. You have no friends, you know nobody, and you keep listening to endless stories of people who once were here and now are …

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New Year Resolutions

When December comes, do you usually look back at your year to analyze what you have accomplished or not, what has changed and make new year resolutions? I can’t help not to. So December is finally here. Last year, by the end of December, I was in Florianopolis, a beach in southern Brazil. As New …

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1 month blogging!

In a few months it will complete 1 month that I’ve been blogging. In less than 1 month, I’ve got more than 1700 page views, 500 likes on my page on Facebook, and 420 views on the “Cultural Shock” post alone. It makes me really happy to see that in such a short time so …

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5 months in India!

Today is my 5th month anniversary in India. I remember perfectly the very day where I landed in this Indialand. The people who were next to me on the plane, my first Indian meal on the plane (which was Rajma Chawal), a mixed feeling of anxiety and apprehension with the belief that everything would be …

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Cultural Shock

Lately, I’ve been talking to many people who are about to arrive in India, or who plan on coming here. This post was specially made for you, and for everyone else who plans on or who would like to know what it’s like to move to another country. Hopefully it will help you overcome the …

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About life and loss

One of the downsides of moving to another country is to be away from people you love. It’s very likely that eventually a very tricky question might pop up in your mind: “WHAT IF something happens to someone I love while I am gone?” Well, this week someone very close to me lost her father. …

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100 likes on Facebook!

Yesterday, I started promoting my new Facebook page. In less than 24 hours, I’ve got 100 likes, which makes me really happy! Ever since I started posting, I’ve been getting wonderful words and support of amazing people who, somehow, feel inspired or touched by these simple words.

Everyone who relates to my posts is a wonderer. A dreamer. A believer. Everyone who likes to read my stories hopes and believes that this world can be a good place.That is what I believe in, and that’s what I’ve been trying to show you every day.

And I believe that if one by one, I can make more people see the world as wonderful as I see it, all of us will have a better future and a better place to live in.
So THANK YOU for believing as well, thank you for all your love and support.
Happy wondering!

100 wonderers on Facebook! Click on the image to check the Facebook page!

100 wonderers on Facebook! Click on the image to check the Facebook page!

A short story about India – in Portuguese

For my fellow Brazilians, this is a post I made for the blog 360 meridianos, which tells a bit about what it’s like to live in India. This text is in Portuguese, but works fine in English with Google Translator. Otherwise, the version in English will be posted soon. ;)

http://www.360meridianos.com/2013/10/intercambio-em-jaipur-india.html

My testimonial on 360 meridianos blog.

My testimonial on 360 meridianos blog.