What a shock, we left Los Angeles on Wednesday and arrived in Brazil on Thursday, from a culture full of rules and legislations to a country full of disorder. Brazilians are a laid back group of people, not worrying about anything and trusting their experiences to solve the next problem.
One thing that completely blew my mind the past two-ish weeks is the amount of rules we have in The Netherlands. We have rules that disallow you to build an unfitting home in a neighbourhood, disallow you to start a shop in a non designated area, etc. Here in Brazil, but also in the United States those rules simply don’t exist. Cities full of unfitting buildings, restaurants at all the corners.. Completely different from our country.
Now to the companies we visited yesterday. We went to Embraer and ITA. The first one is a plane manufacturor, they make planes from 6 to about 150 passengers. It used to be a state owned company but got privatized in 1994 and is now a leading player (number 3) in aircraft manufacturing. It both builds private and commercial airplanes.
The nice thing to us about Embraer was its high level of technical skills. We always assumed only a handfull of countries were participating on the high technological level needed to build airplanes, but apparantly also Embraer fits this image perfectly.
The nicest of this visit was surely seeing the production lines, we were allowed to see how these planes were constructed and learned a lot about their design. After we were done with the company visit we had lunch like every other employee of Embraer in their cafeteria. This was a weird experience since a shift at Embraer consists of 5000 employees.
ITA is a university that focusses on aerospace, it offers a sixfold of studies primarily targeted at people who are interested in aerospace. Of the 6000+ applications they receive yearly they can only accept around 100-150, a really high level of selection is needed to get the best of the best there. We started the day with a presentation followed by a visit to the one of their labs. Lastly we visited the dorms of ITA, which was a really shocking experience. Six persons living in really close rooms, two people share one room and to get to the kitchen or bathroom you need to go through the rooms of others.
New country, new oppurtunities. We have seen the relaxing b\Brazilians, we have seen the high tech industry they are participating in. We have seen how they study, and how they live. We cannot wait to see the rest of the country!