OriginallyBrazilian, butI’ve lived abroad,including America,for many years. I’ve been back in Brazilfor a little over 1year now.
Why São Paulo?:
My immediate family is here andIt’s the best place for my husband rightnow. He works for Outback Steakhouse,and the company is investing heavily inBrazil. São Paulo is the biggest city inthe Americas and 3rd biggest city in the planet. The possibilities and opportunitiesare endless.
Best things so far:
Culinary. There’s no place like São Paulowhen it comes to food. No wonder it’s theWorld’s capital of gastronomy.
In a city that is so fast paced, how come public services move in slow motion?Everything: Cartórios, Courts, etc.Whenever you need public services it takesforever and everything is very disorganized.
Have ‘saudade’ for anything back home?:
I miss USA in general, but I missMissouri more, and all my friends andfamily there. I also miss houses that arenot surrounded by huge walls, blueberry
mufns, snow, Halloween parties and kids
trick or treating around the neighborhood.
Progress with Portuguese:
Although I think in English and have been using English 95% of the time for the past 15 years, I’m a Portuguese nativespeaker so it’s going well. But, sometimes,I do get blanks in Portuguese.
Favorite place to hang out:
Avenida Paulista - the cafes, fnac, artshows, theaters...I just love it there.
The President’s Corner
In the pastweeks I’ve hadthe pleasureof meetingseveral peoplenew to SãoPaulo. It is inthis time framethat peoplestill count their time here inweeks. “I’ve been here three weeks. I’m still at thehotel… I can’t wait to get out of thehotel.” Those with a couple monthsalready are by now anxious to get their possessions but face the inevitable,“Sorry sir, but your container is inSantos and stuck in Customs.”This time of year then is for somea time of beginning in São Paulo.Life here can be quite intimidatingat first. During the first days andweeks the enormity and complexityof São Paulo can be overwhelming.Getting connected with people andnew communities is perhaps the mostimportant thing you can do as anantidote against feeling down. If youare reading this it means you probablyhave connected to the AmericanSociety. We extend to you our “bem-vindo” and look forward to seeing youengaged in the community during themonths ahead. We hope you enjoy therhythm of Sampa life.In my President’s Corner article last
, AmSoc president
month, I challenged us all to think about where we might apply our “Helping Hands.” Here is a greatopportunity, the Angel Party. Thisannual party provides a day of Christmas fun and gifts to over 200children from American Society’sselected orphanages. Planningfor the event is in full gear andwe need more Helping Hands tomake this event a special day for all participants. Now is the time toengage your spirit of volunteerismand join in for a memorable event.Chances are that you will get outof the event, even more than you put in!The American Society is alsovery excited about this year’sAmSoc Softball Championship2010 (see page 4). You may besurprised to learn that there isan outstanding baseball/softballfacility just on the outside of thecity at Yakult Park in Ibiuna. Our Athletic Director, John Kennedyhas prepared an outstandingtournament that will be fun for
all and also benefts the charities
that the American Society workswith.October will be a great month. No matter how you spend it,resolve to make some memories,you’ll be glad you did.Abraços, Tim
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