|2012, a chilling Brazilian winter|
Above is the weather forecast for the next 48 hours. As you can see the Brazilian winter can be extremely gruelling, sometimes it just gets too hot!
I consider myself quite adaptable and haven't usually had too many problems in integrating myself in a foreign country. Being open minded helps but one of the most difficult parts of this is to forget some of your pre-established associations which have often been ground into your mind from childhood. They have become so ingrained it is sometimes hard to forget them. Inmy case one of these is the idea that a winter should be cold, potentially snowy with scarves and gloves and fireplaces to keep you warm. Not really the case in São Paulo or anywhere else in Brazil for that matter.
On the other hand one of the advantages of not having been able to unlearn these associations is that you occasionally benefit from very pleasant surprises like I did the other day when I was woken up by a travelling pineapple seller:
Now that's something you don't see too often in the depths of a British winter...
ps. the pineapples were delicious.