If you’re here because you’re curious about my depilatory preferences (and, ew! why would you be???), I’m really sorry to disappoint, but this is really not what this post is about! Nope, it’s just that… as all of you my faithful readers must know, and if you’ve just wandered in here you’re about to find out, I’m Brazilian, and as I meet foreign people, both online and in person quite often, I find there are many, many misconceptions about my country and our culture. I try to understand how big the world is and how we can’t know everything about every country, so, instead of choking them to death with their own ignorance, I just try to take a deep breath and educate them a little. Honestly, I’m kidding about the choking (kinda!). I know I, myself, have many misconceptions about several countries (I probably shouldn’t name any), and if I were to arrive there, their natives would probably feel the same way I do as I assuredly provided them with a bunch of laughable fictional facts about their home country. So, I’m taking this opportunity to educate (and hopefully entertain) my international readers about Brazil and share some experiences with my fellow Brazilian friends. I think I’ll divide my blog in little sessions today! Let’s start with the title quote?
Brazilian Wax is NOT Mandatory
You’d think it’s too personal of a question for people to ask someone they’d just met right? “Hey, so, what do you look like, you know, *wink* down there?” But when you’re Brazilian, I guess there are no boundaries, because I hear that all the flippin’ time. You have no idea just how often right after I say I’m from Brazil people go like, “Oh, so, you have a “Brazilian”, huh?” *nudge* PEOPLE!!!! You’re asking about my Hooha! So, anyway, people assume that just because I’m from Brazil I’d submit myself to excruciating pain every two weeks to keep it bare like that. Not only I, but every woman, especially young women in my country. Let me tell you: That’s bullshit. We don’t. I’m a 23 year old Brazilian girl, and I know, very, very, very few women, either my age, younger or older who have “Brazilians”. I’m thinking maybe three or four. And, yes, OF COURSE we talk about these things, of course I read in magazines and blogs, so, I know what I’m talking about. And, really, if you’ve just met a Brazilian and think it’s funny asking that, it’s not. Trust me.
The little Brazilian Village
When I say I live in Brazil, people often ask me to talk about the village I live in. I could talk about my “village” here, you know? But don’t they say a picture is worth 1000 words? So, here, see for yourself. Here’s the “little village” I live in.
That’s right. My little village is a city called Fortaleza, which happens to be in the top 5 biggest cities in the country in population with almost 3 million people and in development. Said enough? Moving on…
The famous Lambada from the popular Brazilian Carnaval
So, I was watching this movie, right? YOU AGAIN, it was. There was a wedding in it and the bride and groom has met in Mardi Gras, so, the wedding planner thought she’d make it Carnaval themed, after the famous Brazilian Carnaval, in which, apparently, it plays Lambada. Well, I could be wrong, but I’ve lived here for the 23 years I’ve been alive and “Samba” is the song for Carnaval. Not only that, the song they were playing wasn’t even Lambada. It happens so often in movies and tv show, when they want to play “Brazilian” music, they just throw in anything “latino” (usually sang in Spanish) and assume they’re all the same. Which leads to my next subject.
¡Hola, chica! ¿Como Estás?
This is probably the most common misconception of all. I say I’m from Brazil, instantly, the person starts to talk to me in Spanish. While it’s easy to understand WHY there’d be confusion since most of the rest of Latin American was colonized by the Spanish, it’s hard for me to accept it. WE DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH!!! IN BRAZIL, WE SPEAK PORTUGUESE. Sorry, sometimes, I just feel like screaming it. It’s like saying the capital of Brazil is Buenos Aires (It’s NOT, that’s the capital of Argentina, George W. Bush made that mistake in an interview once!). I guess for someone like me, who’s always loved social Geography so much, it’s hard to understand how people wouldn’t have such basic knowledge of other nations.
I think that’s it for today’s lesson. Wasn’t it FUN??? Like I was just saying, I love Geography, and I really love learning about the world I live in, about the countries, the cultures, the people. I do believe we live as a whole, as one, and, with the internet, the world becomes smaller and smaller every day. I think it’s always nice to learn something new! 🙂
So, tell me, readers, do people have a lot of misconceptions about your country? What are they? Did you learn something new about Brazil today? Can you tell me something about YOUR COUNTRY? And, for my Brazilian readers, and as well my foreigner ones, do you have misconceptions about other countries? Have you ever asked someone something really stupid about their country?