Coming with another interview with one of my favorite Brazilians. Introducing Mariana!! Hope you enjoy!!
Where did you grow up in Brazil?
– I grew up in the Wonderful City – Rio de Janeiro!!!
What is your profession?
– My profession… I want to be an Engineer, now I am a Master’s Student.
Which languages do you speak?
– I speak Portuguese, English, French (I’m still not able to write well in French) and some Spanish (Portonhol, like we say in Brazil!!) =D
How did you learn English?
– I studied a little bit, however, I improved my skills listening to music (such as Queen!!), watching movies and talking to people. I still have some problems with prepositions.
What is your cultural/ethnic background?
– Ethnic background… well, I’m Brazilian… just mix white, black and native Brazilians and you will get “something” very similar to me!! :p
Favorite place in Brazil?
– Now that I’m far, my favorite place is my mother’s house, and Parque Lage.
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What is you favorite time of year in Brazil?
– I love summer! I was born during summer.
What is your best Carnival memory?
– I think the best memory, at least a recent one, was when I started my Bachelor degree. Me and my new friends from my University had a lot of fun together.
How has Brazil changed over the years?
– Well, Brazil is a strong economy now. But internally we still have most of the same old issues.
Could you see yourself living anywhere else? (Outside your current
city or abroad)
– I live in France now.. But I still could imagine myself living somewhere else – not here. I am going to do an internship in Denmark, and so far the idea of living there pleases me very much.
How is it different living in France compared to Brazil?
– Food, weather, the speed of making friends…
What things do you miss about Brazil?
– Meat, weather, beach, friends, family
What are your plans after finishing your Master’s Degree in France?
– I want to start working!
How did we meet?
– I think I was watching a Rugby game in a bar (maybe close to Ipanema) with some friends, and you called me (we had talked before on CouchSurfing), and I left the bar to look for you.
How can you tell that a person is a gringo/gringa – minus language?
– Well… Usually you can tell that looking at the very white ones, that just arrived in Brazil.. after a while, I don’t know… maybe it’s possible to tell by their accent (but that’s excluded from the possible answer)
What is your biggest annoyance about visitors?
– The biggest annoyance of visitors is the false image they have about my country and my people. I hope when/if they spend enough time there, they are able to change their point of view. 😉
Favorite foreigners? (country)
– I don’t have favorite foreigners. As long as they are friendly and respective, I love everyone!
Advice to future visitors coming to Brazil?
– Leave some of the preconceptions at your country! And be safe.