Now I’m not a particularly patriotic, and certainly not nationalistic, kind of guy. However, sometimes you experience things, often when you are outside the country of your origin, that remind you exactly who you are and where you are from. And it is then that you are reminded where you are from does in so many ways influence who you are and how you think and act – and also how you come across to other people.
Well, in Brazil I guess this happened to me for the first time when last week I went for a short break with my wife’s family to Mata de São João in Bahia. Mata de São João is a beautiful little town on the coast of Bahia (about 80km north of Salvador) and it has some stunning beaches, landscape and wildlife (see In Pictures – Brazil). To the eyes of this Englishman it is probably what I imagine Paradise, if it existed, would look like – though so many locations in Brazil do.
Anyway, the first reminder was a very sudden one.
When my wife and her family so much as peek at the sun they seemingly go brown almost instantaneously. Then black. In fact, when I first met my wife she had just come back from a trip where she had been on the beach for a month and my initial impression was that perhaps she was of Asian heritage. No, it was just her tan. Continue Reading