Erlick Pereira went to Brazil for his elective to learn Portugese and find out about the culture and infectious diseases
- By: Erlick Pereira
When Brazilian people claim they live in a continent, not a country, they are not exaggerating. The distance from the east coast to the western border is further than from London to Moscow, and north to south is only slightly shorter. Brazil's area is almost as large as the United States. Brazil doesn't disappoint with its scenic and cultural diversity and perhaps only lacks the mountain ranges that its neighbours boast. With two thirds of its population spread along the coast and over half concentrated in cities, Brazil retains the atmosphere of a frontier community.
I went to Brazil into this atmosphere of exploration on a journey of self discovery. Many of my relatives emigrated to Brazil from the former Portuguese colony of Goa in India. I was keen to learn my family's language, to meet my Brazilian cousins, and to learn football and samba from the world experts. Learning