Brazil: Pushing Beyond My Limits

Another article by Rosaliene Bacchus about her life in Brazil after emigrating from Guyana.

Three Worlds One Vision

East Coast Highway CE-040 - Ceara - BrazilEast Coast Highway CE-040 – Ceará – Brazil
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Sometimes in life, events occur that force us to push beyond our limits. When I got the highly coveted position as Administrative Supervisor of foreign payment receipts and Foreign Exchange Contracts for exports (Contratos de Câmbio de exportação) in the Export Department at Italbras Leather Producer & Exporter S.A. (fictitious name), my first challenge was the distance I had to travel to and from the company’s Head Office and tannery in Cascavel, Ceará.

I do not drive. Making the 38-mile trip to Cascavel—along Ceará’s principal federal Highway BR-116 via a metropolitan bus line—for the job interview was a hurdle I had to overcome. Since the company provided private transport for its staff in Fortaleza and its environs, I did not have the day-to-day hassle of using public transport.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 09/15/2013 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Cyril.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 09/15/2013 at 11:28 pm

    Interesting read Rosaliene, so many of us left Guyana and ventured into a world of uncertainty. We had to survive and make life facing the enormous challenges of a vastly different environment, culture, languages, people etc. The strong values of family and work inherited from Guyana assisted us in conquering the odds and brought us through.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 09/16/2013 at 9:21 pm

    This is whetting my appetite for more on a Guyanese in Brazil. I envy the transplants that found themselves in a culture with a language other than English. My only real regret, I suppose. If you are really enthusiastic about learning Spanish while living in Vancouver; I guess you could pick a country, like – say, Mexico, and spend a lot of time down there. But, I never had that urge to go to Mexico. I was in Spain, but that is too far afield. Oh well, in my next life! If anyone would like some unsolicited advice about language, learn at least one other, besides your mother tongue.

  • de castro compton  On 09/18/2013 at 4:30 am

    I learnt Spanish while living in south Spain after my retirement 10 years ago was Catalan Spanish….not unlike UK …there is a north south divide in pronunciation…Irish Welch or Scottish English…it may have resulted from
    the politricks of the cultures….
    Language divides the world but ENGLISH will hopefully unite it !
    Forever the everlasting optimist…
    Kamptan my vision

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