When life gives you Brazil

 

When life gives you Brazil – what do you make?

The 29th of August 2016 – two young, blond norwegians travelled across the sea to start their new lives in a foreign country. Ole Sigvart the Brave from Våler, and Sandra the Petit from Trondheim. They were nervous and excited to start their new adventure. 27 hours and 2 plane rides later, they finally arrived in the country that was going to be their home for the next 9 months. What did they discover on their journey to the city of São Carlos?

3 weeks have passed since we touched brazilian ground for the first time. A lot of things have happened since then, and we finally have an idea of what the next 9 months of our lives might look like. We have been met by a lot of friendly brazilians, gotten a glimpse of all the amazing people who work in Projeto Guri, been introduced to some brazilian music and dance styles, and tried some of the delicious brazilian food that exists.

One thing we learned very fast after spending just a few days in this country, is that brazilians LOVE their food. And talking about it. And eating it. And sharing it. And making surprise parties where all you do is eat it. And as the two of us both happen to be major food lovers, this is something we have already started to like the sound of.

The first food related surprise party we got to experience - at the main offic in São Carlos.

The first food related surprise party we got to experience – at the main office in São Carlos.

The staff at Projeto Guri knows how to make two norwegians very happy.

The staff at Projeto Guri knows how to make two norwegians very happy.

We get a lot of questions regarding communucation and the language here, and the answer is: it is a challenge. With that being said – who said we weren’t up for a challenge? Thanks to the amazing JM Norway team – we had time to prepare us mentally for the lack of knowledge in english here, and to learn a few survival phrases in portuguese through Duolingo.

We like to look at it this way: when life gives you Brazil – learn portuguese. And thanks to our daily portuguese lessons and all the friendly people we meet, we’re slowly making progress day by day. Even if it means a few (or many) moments consisting of two confused norwegians looking like they’ve never heard anyone put together a sentence before.

Our super nice Portuguese teacher João, who teaches us new things every day at the "FISK-senter". (Yes, the name went straight into our norwegian hearts.)

Our super nice Portuguese teacher João, who teaches us new things every day at the “FISK-senter”. (Yes, the name went straight into our norwegian hearts.)

The classroom where all the magic happens.

The classroom where all the magic happens.

Toilet litterature in Casa São Carlos.

Toilet litterature in Casa São Carlos.

Through these 3 short weeks in Brazil we have already travelled to 6 of Projeto Guri’s teaching senters, met hundreds of their students and teachers, been a part of 4 surprise parties, had numerous brigadeiros and pão de queijos, and been asked on a daily basis if we can sing “Let It Go” from Frozen. Even though we might still carry the title “gringos” here, they sure have made us feel very welcome.

We are excited to continue to learn about the brazilian culture and Projeto Guri, and to see what the future holds in this new home of ours. Até mais!

Sandra Skrødal
Sandra Skrødal

Sandra Skrødal is a 21 year old singer based in Trondheim in Norway. She grew up learning a variety of different instruments, but as she grew older she found that it was through singing she could express herself the best. Sandra also writes her own music, which can be described as a mix of alternative pop, jazz, singer/songwriter and folk music.

In addition to music, Sandra has a deep interest in travelling and getting to know different cultures and people. She is therefore looking forward to moving to São Carlos in Brazil for nine months, where she will be working with Projeto Guri.

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