Dear Global Brazil 2012 students, thank you so much for participating in our program this year. Valentino and I appreciate to chance to have been part of your experience in Brazil. As we prepared the trip, our hope was that things would come together to give you a positive and well rounded experience. Our goal was that the mixture of business visits, cultural insights, and time in Rio & São Paulo would expand your vision, appreciation, and understanding of Brazil. From now on, when you hear the word BRIC, world cup, olympics, ethanol, pre-salt, favela, or Corinthians, no doubt you will recall sights, sounds, and tastes of our global trip.
For me, this trip reinforced the new sense of Brazilian optimism, but I was also impressed with the Brazilians vision for a better Brazil. The land of samba and futebol has also become the land of sustainability, education, petroleum, sugarcane, and online banking. How about you, any final take aways or observations?
Finally, if you are like me, one of your souvenirs is an extra five pounds from all of the food that we have been eating. I’ve got to get back to normal eating soon, but dang those little pão de queijo are wonderful!