Next Wednesday I am moving to Trujillo, Peru, and although I’ll be back in Sampa and travelling around Brazil for the World Cup, my wife and I will probably be moving back to London in October when my job in Peru comes to an end. So, if any of you have an amazing job offer lined up for me here in Brazil, now’s the time to let me know (NB. Teaching English does not count as an amazing job offer).
For a number of reasons I’ve decided to keep the blog going. Firstly, I’ve found writing to be quite cathartic and something I’ve actually developed a passion for. Secondly, seeing as some of you continue to humour my banalities, it would seem rude of me not to write up all the half-finished posts and scribbled ideas in notebooks that I have left lying around – unfortunately, I’ve just not had the time I’d have liked to finish them all (a condition otherwise known as laziness). Thirdly, I’ve no doubt that my move to Trujillo will provide many further opportunities to scribble down observations and add to said backlog of unwritten posts. Finally, I plan to spend my spare time in Peru collating some of the ideas I’ve discussed here into some kind of longer format. So, who knows, maybe there’ll be a book version of this blog someday (Maybe being the keyword).
Moving to São Paulo two years ago certainly was a challenge, although it would have been far easier without the added difficulty of having to learn Portuguese. Moving to Australia, or somewhere else that is basically a hot England, would certainly have been much easier although undoubtedly less interesting. Besides, Portuguese is a beautiful language and I think I’m just about starting to master it – good job then, that I’m moving to a country where the primary language is Spanish.
I started this blog just after I moved to São Paulo and in keeping it running I think it has probably captured quite nicely the ups and downs I’ve experienced along the way. Initially, I think my posts fell quite nicely into the category marked ‘expat syndrome’, in which I had the tendency to compare São Paulo unfavourably (consciously or sub-consciously) with home.
However, over the past 18 months I think the blog has started to develop a entirely different tone, and hopefully one that has reflected my increasing affection for the city. São Paulo is often maligned for its concrete ugliness and sure, Rio is beauty, but I’d take living here in Sampa over Rio any day of the week (sorry Cariocas).
Sampa is certainly not immediately striking and a tourist with just a few days to spare will probably leave feeling they haven’t seen or missed anything. São Paulo though, is not a city for visiting but living in, and when you scratch the surface you’ll find that its beauty exists in what lines beneath – you just need to look a bit harder that’s all. If you don’t believe me this probably explains it better.
Finally, thanks to those of you who have persevered coming here to read my posts. Every comment has been very much appreciated and I’m glad some of what I’ve written has resonated with some of you – honestly, I only thought my mum would read all of this.
And for those of you who live in Brazil, keep an eye out for a documentary I’ll be appearing in. We finished recording this week and it should be shown on Brazilian TV (possibly outside Brazil as well) sometime from May in the build-up to or during the World Cup.
Tchau, for now.