People in brazil have a strangely beautiful and amazing ability to wait patiently and maintain relaxed when things não funcionam.
I talked to a man on a bus about this. I pondered “eu não entendo como pesoas em brazil tem muitos patience. É muito interesante pra mim.“
I’m pretty sure this man ended up missing his flight because the bus didn’t come on time. Yet…
We calmly talked about brazillian patience, lack of function, and a myriad of other topics for over an hour (em Português, I might add).
Em los estados unidos pesoas….grrrr (meu mao português at work here…)…” In the US we want our money back if we stand, waiting, almost two hours for food.
But, I suppose it is rare that we would ever wait that long in the first place. We refuse to pay and walk out long before the 30 minute marker.
If something goes wrong we get angry and try to get the priority service we paid for. After all we either earned or deserve it.
At the end of out conversation, I think this man and I came to the conclusion that Brazilians are used to things não está funcionando so there is “no problem” and a backup plan will come along so that eventually things will work out even if they don’t work… But Brasileiros sabem that eventually it all works out and not staying relaxed doesn’t help.
If you wait through, it will all work out, even if it doesn’t function properly or work.
Se você tem patience, todas as coisas vão funcionar, mesma que ele não funciona direito.
I will end this post with a message I sent my husband while I was waiting for a delayed airplane with some Spanish-speaking imagrants coming to Pasco to work…
“well a cool fact…Portuguese and Spanish both use the verb esperar. It means “to hope” but is used for “to wait” as well. So you are literally hoping for something or someone. I like it. I think it shows insight into the hopeful mentality and patience Latin Americans have…anyways back to hoping 🙂 love you”