Smiles in Florianopolis

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

The smile is the most universal way of expressing the joy and complicity of a moment, stimulating the healing process and protagonist of the art of living towards happiness. Spreading faster then a wildfire, one bright smile can lighten up and change the mood of the entire room.

😆Smile 😃 Läxheln 😁 Sonreir 😀Sourire 😄Brosa😊 Yîm 😋

No matter the country or the dialect in which the smile is found, its meaning will always be translated as the direct expression of happiness. A smile, a postcard that receives us in distant places of the world, makes us better understand the reality of each culture. When we smile we use up to 53 facial muscles. More then this, it is not only visible at the lips but a true smile shows in our eyes and is expressed through the entire body.

On the Floripan sand dunes, a little girl smiling with her deep blue eyes, carried an ocean of joy and conveyed all the hope that comes from childhood. In the tropical beaches on the southern coast of Bahia, the broad smile of a boy invites us to play in an unpretentious style of living. In communities within Cambodia or India we feel the smile as a mixture of purity, timidity and simplicity. The Mozambicans, with their more corporeal expression, fold into laughter as they listen to conversations in our Portuguese/English mix. At last, smiling away our fears and connecting with a happier world. We all like to smile away our troubles and laugh away the days, so as this summer comes to an end here , I’d like to share some smiles that I found on my way.









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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