Continuing with what’s great about Natal… In this video I interviewed a shopkeeper at the Praia dos Artistas (artists beach). While Brazil is changing rapidly with millions of people moving up to middle class each year, in places like Natal you can still find quality souvenirs hand made by the local people.
Culturally the Brazilians seem to have an artistic, fashionable mindset. From their bikinis and shoes to unusual architecture in cities like Rio, Brazilians have a built-in sense of what looks good. Even wearing simple jeans and a t-shirt they somehow manage to look very stylish. Maybe it’s something in the personality that shows through. You can see some of it in the smiles of the shopkeeper. I hope the growing prosperity doesn’t dampen any of the natural enjoyment of life that seems to flow from them. Even in the “favelas” (Topic of an upcoming post) you find many people have a smile and hope for their future.