B.R.A.Z.I.L > More of you please//Sp fotoshoot
Its been two months. And, I do not want to leave. Brazil has found such a special place in my heart. Its crazy. Words can't describe. Is it the family culture, is it their hugs, is it the açai, is it Portuguese?
After travelling 40 countries, I think that I'm able to give some analysis on my favourite country outside Australia. Right? And the winner is .. Brazil! It’s like Aussie culture on steroids. They are simply more passionate, more multicultural, more free, more naturally musical, more corrupt, more loud, and more huggable.
At the heart of Brazilian culture is generosity. I’ve never had so many beautiful people around me offer me their time and resource and heart in an effort to help a friend out. Because of travel issues, I came to Brazil without a guitar. Stressed out, I tweeted to my twitter friend Tiago Orrais for help. I have never met the guy face to face, but I'm a massive fan of his craft. Him and his brother have a massive international following with their beautiful gospel folk. Tiago told me that I could borrow his guitar, and I was blown away. He told me "We're in this mission together bro". Those words meant so much, and told me so much about Brazilian ethos and mentality.
Brazilians also carry a spirit of being ‘chilled’. My surrogate uncle in Rio De Janeiro would also constantly tell me in moments of near crisis, ‘relax bro’. I love that. I love that robust desire to remain calm amidst a world of variables.
I’ve never made so many quality and lifelong friends in such a concentrated period of time. I don’t know what it is. That’s the thing!
Why has this country won my heart? And why do I connect with its characters, rhythms, flaws and vibes in such a way? I think its because Brazilian culture is one of eclecticism. The society is made up of import people groups and influences from Portugal, Africa, Japan, Germany and Poland, just to name a few. I've always been drawn towards cultures and peoples that truly demonstrate acceptance; communities that celebrate diversity. As a mixed Australian/Malaysian, trying to find a home has always been a task. In Brazil I definitely have tasted a sense of 'home'.
As many Brazilian amigos have said to me, “Billy, you are a Brazilian. This is your home”. Thank you for this reminder of my 'true' identity.
Please do yourself a favour and watch my friend Gabriel Iglesias unleash the melodious goods.
So there you have it guys. Love this place/people/eats/music/beaches/youth groups/ministry friends/surf friends/cities..
All in all, I’ve played dozens of shows, ate dozens of açai, surfed super fun waves, experienced close a thousand brazileiro selfies, and now I’m already planning a return trip in October.
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Talking about new friends, I want to mention Rodolfo Sanches Carvalho. He is a creative genius. He’s special: a typical young art director who oozes with so much flair and electric vision. I couldn’t believe he offered a shoot! Laughing all the way to the farm with my cowboy hat, I met the photo crew. And then, we had some fun. Please check out his portfolio. Its actually quite earth shattering stuff. This guy has a glowing future ahead. Such a humble cat also.