Porto Alegre, Brazil

Two years ago, my life changed. That’s when I met my current girlfriend, a Brazilian ex-pat. Of the many amazing reasons she’s been an incredible influence on my life, one of the biggest ones is the amount of new discoveries I’ve been able to make. It’s like growing up again and getting to discover places, foods and people, except this time I’m old enough to appreciate everything.

Before moving to the US, she spent her childhood in a coastal city in Brazil called Porto Alegre. Being fairly ignorant of foreign cultures when we met, I was amazed to find out just how large many foreign cities are. Hers is no exception. Coming from the 3rd largest city in the US (Chicago), I was impressed by the density & size of Porto Alegre. What surprised me is that it’s the 10th densest city in Brazil. That means Chicago would barely be in the top 10 largest cities in Brazil. After visiting both Rio de Janeiro and San Paulo, the term ‘metropolis’ takes on a whole new meaning.

Ironically, shortly after meeting her, I heard that ThoughtWorks would be opening a new office in South America. In fact, not only is the office in Brazil, but it’s actually in Porto Alegre.

If you want to know more, check out this video. It is a tourist video of Porto Alegre. It really was an amazing place.