From Sweat to Shivers: Mexico to Brazil

Kadeem Thomas is a student at the University of South Florida and an ISA Featured Blogger. He is currently studying abroad with ISA in Florianopolis, Brazil

Talk about a dramatic change! As I left Merida, Mexico, it was close to 100 degrees, and you couldn’t go far without sweating. Now, here in Florianopolis Brazil, it is 55 degrees, and I’m freezing. Needless to say, I got sick almost as soon as I arrived, but I have had a chance to learn a few interesting things about Brazil.

Brazil is about the same size of North America excluding Canada.

Almost ten times as many slaves were brought here than in the U.S. Thus, I’m able to blend in a bit more than I would in other Latin American countries.

We are on the opposite side of the globe, almost where Jacksonville would be, so it is winter, but a Florida winter.

Here on the island, almost everything is at an incline due to the many hills and mountains. There are many different beaches, sand dunes, and cities on this piece of land.

The stop lights are very peculiar, and I still don’t get them 100% just yet.

In the bank, you must put all metals into a locker, or the doors will not open.

And the showers are electric, which means they are plugged into the walls.

The world awaits…discover it.

Author: Kadeem Thomas

Hello, my name is Kadeem Anthony Malawah Thomas, but most people know me as kadeem Thomas. I am a 26-year-old international studies major with a minor in Spanish at the University of South Florida. I would like to have a minor in linguistics, but that would cost me another year of studies, and I plan to graduate this December and join the peace corps in January. Over the past five years, i have begun traveling and learning languages. I am currently studying to speak Spanish, French, Portuguese and I grew up speaking English and patois ( Jamaican English). My hobbies include skateboarding, language acquisition and having a deep spiritual conversation in my free time. I have always Felt a strong connection to nature, so I enjoy gardening and volunteering on farms. I enjoy being able to conversate, see the world and think like other people since I understand that the world is more complicated than the way it is in my local area. I hope to continue traveling the world and discovering what lays beyond.

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