After 5 and a half months, the day that always seemed so far away is finally here. Today is my last full day in Rio. I’ve been enjoying my time since coming back from Bonito by doing lots of things with my friend from Emory — Cristo, Pão de Açúcar, Dois Irmãos, the beach (pictures to come!) — and since she left I’ve visited Parque Lage and the Feira de São Cristóvão.
Knowing that I go home tomorrow is a very bittersweet feeling. I love Rio and Brazil, but I miss my family and friends and a lot of things about the US as well. I’m mostly scared of going back to school and being stuck in the small bubble of Emory. Emory problems might seem so small and stupid… sometimes Emory students can come off as pretentious, spoiled brats. Not to say that I’m not privileged for being able to study abroad in Rio (I realize I’ve gotten an opportunity that very few people get), but a lot of the times problems at Emory involve getting your fake ID taken away or not getting invited to a date party. I’m also not looking forward to people asking me how study abroad was and me having to just say, “It was great!” I know a lot of people aren’t going to be able to relate to my experience at all, and that makes me sad.
But on the bright side, I’m going back to my family and my friends, to great food, and to my dogs! And I always know that I can (and will) come back to Brazil many times in my lifetime. So this isn’t adeus, only a tchau tchau. Até mais, meu querido Brasil. Eu te amo pra sempre.