A few holes in the road are not a big deal. Driving carefully to avoid the holes probably makes the journey safer, anyway. And in the larger scheme of things, there are many more important challenges.
Productivity is over-rated. Scheduling oneself too tightly or trying too accomplish too much can only cause stress, since anything can happen to get in the way of your getting such-and-such done. Relax.
Paixão, emoção, e carinho. If I were to do a “word cloud” of Brazilian Portuguese, these words would be huge. Their English equivalents (passion, emotion/thrill, affection/love) don’t do them justice. I don’t think an American bartender would think of making a drink “com carinho” (with affection), but it makes perfect sense in Brazil.
Have fun. Music is present whenever people gather – even the language and the walking are rhythmic. Life may bring you challenges, so enjoy it when you can. Laugh. And give lots of hugs and kisses.
It will work out. There’s always a way. It can be surprising that after a dictatorship, pervasive corruption, profound social problems and extensive bureaucracy, you will hear that it’s possible to resolve just about anything.
Relationships trump everything else. Brazilians are “people people” -- from the friend who doesn’t send an email if he can walk to the office and see someone in person, to the stranger who will ask how you are before engaging in any business.
Thank you so much – you have changed my life.
Muito obrigado, amig@s!