Brazil time is over, and it is time to go back to reality. After 40hours of travelling, lost baggage and crossing the Atlantic twice, we are back in Boston. Pondering about the lessons we acquired, I can’t but questioned our activities, our success and our development through the process.
The last hours before returning were filled with visits to Persepolis and Pre-Carnival celebration. Both were amazing and gave us a bit to think about the culture pool that Brazil has become. Persepolis is a German village founded in the 1800s but increased the population after World War II. Germans brought traditions and customs which are still seen in the little town. It is a big contrast from Rio where you can see the people screaming, dancing, singing with full of energy and happiness. People are people, that was the lesson. It does not matter if it was 200 years ago, even a 4000 thousand, people have a tendency to express and conflict. Why am I saying that? During the tour through the town, history of the royal family came along, and how where the debates, the conflicts and resolutions taken into account. They struggled and big fights came along, but overall the country remained, and we still have Brazil.
What have we learned? That stress brings the best and worst out of people. That a team is more difficult to make with the little information one has. That conflict resolution can always bring a difficult sensation in a working environment. That we are just human and that we have to learn to forgive. And overall, that no matter what, professionalism never stops being the signature of all MIT students.