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November 19, 2016
 

Online Dating

My online love is green and yellow

Okay. I decided to give it a try. This is my first step in overcoming past problems and experiencing new things. Challenging myself. I've been in the online dating world for a while, but it all seemed a bit monotonous for me. The same people, the same conversations, the same topics. Boring. This made me think that perhaps the problem was not other people, but myself.
So I decided to sign up for this online dating site for Brazilians and to write my blog here. Yes, I know I don’t speak a word of Portuguese. I also know that I have never visited Brazil. However, this is a country for which I have always had a kind of fascination. Besides being a place with stunning natural beauties, the people of Brazil seem to be friendly and hardworking. I often read and watch things about Brazil and I know that it’s much more than just soccer and carnival.
It all started when I met a girl who was doing a student exchange at my university. She came from Brazil. From the start, she was very friendly and made friends with just about everyone. Besides being very pretty, she was nice. I wasn’t a great friend of hers, but sometimes we talked. In some of these conversations, she told me about Brazil. She told of her childhood and what she missed. It was in these conversations that I really began to see that Brazil was much more than I had imagined. I started to fall in love with this green and yellow country.
I noticed that Brazilians, in general, are cheerful. They seem to always face their problems with a good mood. Another thing I realized is that it is very common to hug in Brazil. There is the hug between men and the most affectionate hug among women. In America, it's very rare. Maybe just between family members. I liked it. It may seem insignificant, but it really changes the relationships between people, be it between family, friends or strangers. I learned to hug a lot with this girl, even if we didn’t know each other so much. I did this with some American friends and they were surprised.
That's something I like in Brazilians. They are warmer, more open. After meeting this girl, I had the opportunity to know other Brazilians. I confess that I even looked for communities of Brazilians in America and I even went to some Brazilian nightclubs. I met interesting people, but I didn’t have the opportunity to go deep into new friendships (or something else).
I'm venturing now on this site aimed at Brazilians. I want to declare to the four winds my love for Brazil and say that I want to meet Brazilian people and have new experiences. I want to immerse myself in this wonderful culture and break the prejudices that foreigners have towards Brazilians. I want to surprise myself. I want to fall in love.
People may find me naive, but I believe we can really find our great love online. In the old days, this did not happen because we didn’t have this wonderful tool called the internet. Why would an online relationship be less valid than any other relationship? People talk, exchange experiences and get to know each other better. Of course, there are liars and bad people. But this happens everywhere. A computer screen won’t change that. On the contrary. I have observed that people seem to reveal the best (and the worst) of themselves precisely because they find themselves safe behind a computer. We are in an age where we can see what people really are. This may sound scary, but it's also very exciting.
So, Brazil, wait for me. This is the first step to my online adventure, and who knows? I may find my love online! I'll record everything here. Wish me luck. I’ll try to write something in Portuguese now: Brasil, eu amo você!!!