Two dramatic questions occupy my mind here in Pittsburgh. What should I teach? Should I buy nice kitchen utensils? I think I need nice kitchen utensils. After all, I will eat out of them for almost an entire year. There are many books on Brazil in English. I am atordoada with them, but I know that eventualy they will form a lively flow of stories, just like in my previous courses.
I was in Pittsburgh once, but it was dark and I didn’t notice it much. I was in the company of friends and family, and it’s them, in the end, that we remember.
I am in a country I know well, teaching about a country I know little about. The country I know little about – Brazil is not for beginners, the books say – is my country and I believe I miss it. I believe I miss it, for how can one be sure of feelings when they first arrive?