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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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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Fun Facts About India: On the Road

Today’s episode – “on the road”.
Last week I asked Mr Bobby to take me to a fruit market that was on the opposite side of the road. “No problem maam, in India each and everything is possible” ;) . Bobby improvised and just drove his rickshaw on the wrong way of the road until we reached the market – this is super normal. Wonders of everyday life

Taking a rickshaw with Mr. Bobby. Watch on YouTube!

Taking a rickshaw with Mr. Bobby. Watch on YouTube!

Cultural Tolerance

These past few days in India we’ve been celebrating Diwali. It’s the biggest holiday in India, where people decorate their homes with lights, make celebrations in family, wear new clothes, give each other gifts, light up the sky with fireworks, and the employees get financial bonuses as well. Looks like Christmas, doesn’t it? However, Diwali …

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Thank you India!

Isn’t it amazing the journey that is life?

Today, coming back from lunch, walking at an empty sandy road in industrial Jaipur, I started to think of everything that has happened to me since I arrived in “Incredible India”. In only 2 months and a half so much has happened, so many happy but also difficult moments. In the end, it turns out that it really are those hard moments that make me grow the most. For this I am forever thankful. I am thankful for this entire experience, for overcoming challenges, for not losing faith, for all those difficult moments that make me become a stronger person each day. Just as I was thinking about this, my ipod starts playing “Thank You”, by Alanis Morissette, which happens to have an almost too perfect chorus for my thoughts:

“Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence”
“Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence”

Life is just such a beautiful journey, even with all its imperfections.

 

Journeys

Journeys

1 month in India!

Today is my 1st month anniversary in India! And almost 3 months since I left Brazil. In a way, moving to another country is like starting a new relationship. Sometimes you’ll love it; sometimes you’ll hate it. Some days will be easy, and some days will be really hard and challenge you in ways you …

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