For more about life in Sao Paulo, see American Exbrat in São Paulo.
In early 2009, I decided to give up my career with a Wall Street firm to be with my then one-and-a-half year old daughter. I loved my job, so it wasn’t an easy decision, nor one I took lightly. But as the market appeared to be crumbling, my hours were going to increase, and there were plenty of good people losing their jobs simply because someone like me needed to reduce head-count to an arbitrary number, it seemed like the very best time to do it. I also had aspirations to finally launch my writing career, and envisioned a peaceful, stress-free life that included picnics at the park with my daughter, and long writing sessions during her naps.
Little did I know I was simply launching myself from one demanding job to the next. Only this time, my boss cried and screamed if I didn’t meet her expectations, the hours were worse (on call 24/7), and I got paid nothing.
Though it was not what I had it imagined it to be, I never looked back. The good moments far outweighed the struggles and I did manage to squeak out three reasonably bad screenplays, two websites, and a dozen or more online articles.
When my Brazilian husband was offered the opportunity to take a position in Sao Paulo, it was really a no-brainer. I didn’t have a job to hold me to New York, and though I had visited Brazil many times, living there would be a new experience and my daughter would be exposed to the another part of her heritage.
So here we are, in a city full of culture and life, finding ourselves surrounded by our Brazilian relatives, old friends, and making new friends as we go, both Brazilian and ex-pats from all over the world.
Despite my sometimes cynical sense of humor, I have yet to regret the decision to come here. I love Brazil and everything it has to offer. Brazilians are a unique people, and though they may run you over with their car while you’re trying to cross the street, most would do anything they could to aid a stranger to their land.
I hope you enjoy our adventure!
Born Again Brazilian