Do you feel like a “local” in the place you live?
Digi we’re so much alike I wanna cry T-T”
But hey! I finally found something we do not have in common!My family also moved several times thoughout my life. I’m 19 now, and have lived in 6 different cities/states all around Brazil. For now, it sums up to 2 cities/states in the Northeast and extreme Northeast; 2 in the extreme South; I’m currentely living in the extreme North (literally in the middle of the Amazon Forest), and have moved several times back and to Rio (extreme Southeast) between one city and another. And traveling, I passed by half the country. If you know how big Brazil is, you can imagine how faraway are this cities and states, therefore you can imagine how different are the cultures in this places. Oh, and I’ve been through 8 schools and 2 colleges (transferring from one to other).
Yes, of course all of them have the famous Soccer&Samba and the classic Rice&Beans food (and obviously McDonald’s). But man, it’s been a crazy journey to see how dissimilar are the universes we can find in our country.
But here comes where we’re different. I deeply connected to EVERY place I’ve been. I tasted and loved everything each city and state had to offer me: the food, the people, the artcrafts, leisure, stores, everythin. Brazil has such a large variety of culture it actually scares me. I like to compare places by the local food. Thinking of Rio’s food the first thing you think of are big, giant barbecues. For Salvador the first thing is the famous Acarajé, lots of shrimp and Beijú (tapioca). For Manaus, Pirarucu fish, Tacacá. Now I’m just shourting weird names at you, so lets live it at that :p
And the people, man. The way people act with each other and with outsiders is bizarrely dissimilar. People from Bahia are more friendly, more gentle, but man, they’re lazy! It’s even a joke here in Brazil. Cariocas (people from Rio) are friendly too, but not as much, and they curse a lot! On the other hand, Southerners are not that friendly, and a good amount of them are actually hostiles with outsiders (mostly with northeasterners). But not all of them! Foz do Iguaçu (Paraná) for example is a city where we find people from all over the world. I had lots of japanese, chinese and libanese classmates, for example. People there are really friendly and free of prejudice. We even celebrate the “Nation’s Day” there with big conventions and stuff.
So in the end, even tho it is hard to move this many times, and say goodbye to close friends and everything, I made myself a person who can get used to different realities really quickly and deeply enjoy everything a culture has to give.
I even struggle when someone asks me where I’m from, because it’s engraved in me that every different culture I experimented made me the person I am today. I don’t belong Rio, I don’t belong Salvador: I belong Brazil. My vocabulary is filled with local expressions from every city I’ve lived, and my accent turned out to be a big mixture of all of the accents I spent my life hearing (that’s one of the reasons people always asks me where I’m from – imagine the mess! Ahahaha). So when I get asked where I’m from, I feel the need to just answer ‘I’m brazillian!” ahahahah
And my own reality in this places were different too. You see, we move a lot because my father is on the Navy, and in every city we go, there is already a house waiting for us to move, except Rio de Janeiro (where my whole family is). So when we’re outside Rio, we live in gorgeous, big houses. Some even isolated from the rest of the city and with beautiful views. But Rio not only doesn’t have any official Navy houses, it is also one of the most expensives cities in the world. So everytime we were back to Rio, we lived in a tiny apartment (and we’re 6 here at home: parents+4sinblings), in the middle of the chaos of dirt and noises every big city has.
A good example of how different my life can be is: while I was living in Salvador (Northeast), I was used to feed bread and bananas to birds and little monkeys that appeared every morning in our yard (I’ll put a pic of them here). While in Rio I actually miss the existence of even indoor-ants! Ahahahah
So, my answer to your question is, strangely but really true: YES!