Okay, today very interesting video. Have you ever thought about bringing your whole family to another country to live? Apparently, they have. This is the McFly family. We’re live in Salvador, Brazil.
They brought their family here, all these kids. How many kids? There’s like, twelve. Twelve kids. Five kids! Family of seven. Family of seven, and they started this trampoline park. We’re gonna hear all about it today, on Globally Curious. Okay, I’m here with Chris and Chani. We’re in Salvador, Brazil. They have a channel called “Our Brazilian life”.
You’ll never believe this it’s about their life in Brazil. People sort of dream about maybe taking their family somewhere for, like, six months, or a year. Why don’t you just give us the brief story about how this came to be? Well, we’re from Reno, Nevada, and we’ve got friends in Brazil. My husband lived in Belém do Pará for two years, twenty years ago. So he already spoke Portuguese.
We visited Brazil before we had kids, and I fell in love with it. To me it’s just a tropical paradise, a beautiful place to live, beautiful people, language. And we thought it would be cool to take our family someday . But it’s not really realistic, like, maybe retire, maybe visit, but we didn’t really have any idea how that can happen… Until we had some friends come visit us to our house from São Paulo. And they took their family to São Paulo and they opened a trampoline park. Like, “What, really? You can do that?”
So they told us all about it told us how to do it and then we kind of had to decide, “Do
we want to move our family somewhere in Brazil?” We had to choose a different city
to open up a trampoline park. You don’t wanna compete with them? No, they actually opened up three in São Paulo because they’re so sucessful. So we’re like, “We’ll choose a different city”.
But if we did that, we had to sell everything our house, our cars, everything we owned and really invest in Brazil and go hard, so it was a hard decision, and we waited, we did our research, and we’re like, “You know what? This is the opportunity of a lifetime. We’re gonna do it.” But people, I’m sure, wanna know how it works financially, so what were you guys doing for work? You have five kids. Yeah, I’m a stay-at-home mom. I worked in procurement, so I was a buyer I purchased a lot of materials for the company that I worked for. I was ready to start something new. We were all ready for an adventure, so we decided that it was the right thing for us. So you had a house, sold your house… Sold our cars. We had a savings account. We liquidated everything. Everything. What did your friends have to say about this, and your family? Everybody said, “You’re crazy crazy! Why are you doing this?” And we’re like, “Why not?” We’re adventurous people. It was kind of a long hike but we made it. And we love Brazil, and we wanted our kids to be bilingual and experience new things My name is Maisa. Hi, how are you? My name is Alice. I wanted to learn a new language and
so did the kids, and we just thought it was like an opportunity and we risked it. We took a big risk and we came. How did it work with visas and stuff? You get a visa for opening a business? Yeah, it’s all linked. So, we have permanent visas that are linked to our business, it was a long and complicated process. We did jump through tons of hoops, and we had to invest in the country, and have a broker prove that we had our money here. And we had to submit a business plan with all kinds of details. What were people telling you and they were wrong? People are just afraid of what they don’t know. A lot of people were saying that Brazil is dangerous we’re gonna get hurt down there. But we were ready for an adventure… A high adventure. And everybody dreams about going abroad, doing something outside of the norm and we decided to act on that dream. Did you already have an apartment when you got here? How did you get it all set up? So we came and stated an Airbnb for a month, and that was our whole plan. We got in Airbnb and then from there we went and looked at apartments and found places to live. We had somebody over here helping us get our visas and also looking for locations for our business. But we didn’t really have anything set in place. We came here, we arrived, and we started to set up shop once we arrived. What did you tell the kids, how did you explain this to them? They were up for the adventure. Yeah, so I told them we were moving to Brazil. So we started watching Brazil movies on the Discovery channel and so they thought we were gonna live, like, in a tribe in the rain forest. So when we got here, they were like, “It kind of looks like America” How does it turn out to be in terms of
like, everyone thinks Brazil’s dangerous. Have you felt safe here? We feel very safe. We actually feel safer in our apartment complex here in Salvador than we did in Reno We found that the Brazilians are really
warm and welcoming and helpful, so we’ve got these great neighbors who have kids
that my kids are playing with and going to school with, so when they started school they already had friends. And they’re just really helpful and kind and we have felt totally safe. We haven’t had any bad experiences. And you can totally see all of this in all your videos. Yeah. What about school? Just started talking to people here and we found schools close to our house, but before we put our kids in school, just full immersion, we got a personal tutor for the kids, so that they could at least have some basis before they entered into school. What is their social life like? What is their life like? They are the celebrities in school. They’re the Americans that everybody wants to try and speak English to them. First of all, all of their friends live in our
complex because the school is really close to our house And then, yeah, everybody already kind of knew them they already had some friendships, and so they’re excited to share our YouTube channel at school. It sounds like everything is just perfect, but it can’t completely be exactly perfect. What sort of weird cultural obstacles have you come up… come across. I won’t say come up against. Showing up for an appointment and nobody’s there. Like, we set a date or and appointment for 3 o’clock, we show up, and nobody shows up until 4 o’clock. Just kind of a different Brazil time. People show up when they want, it’s much more relaxed. And I think America’s much more rigid. Have you gotten used to that? Because, let me tell you, I’ve been around Brazil for like 15 years and I haven’t gotten used to it yet. I don’t know if we’ve gotten used to it, but we expect it now. What about things like eating and food? Our motto is “You just gotta try”. Just at least one bite. And so they’re always willing to try new things. Are you guys hungry? And then, of course, the sweets, the brigadeiro, everything, with all the sweetened condensed milk. They’re happy to try. How about you guys in your social life and your friends, and everything you left behind? You know, for me it’s been hard because I’m only learning Portuguese. I only speak very little, so I don’t have friends, I don’t really have anyone, you know, to go have a girls night out with or go get some offset you with the
girlfriend, go get some açaí with a girlfriend, have girl talk… I miss that. Is that what people do in Brazil, they go get some açaí with a girlfriend? I don’t know, that’s what I would do!
That’s what I would do. But, so, you lose a lot of independence when you come to a brand-new place. I couldn’t drive I couldn’t speak… even basics, I’ve had to just relearn it all over again, it’s just taking time and patience, and I’m learning. What are some of the other challenges? The biggest challenge for me has been
the language. I came because I wanted to learn and I thought it’ll be great me
and the kids be bilingual, and then you get here and really learning Portuguese is difficult, it’s a challenge. Are you here forever, as far as you’re concerned? Five years. We wanna stay at least five years. Give it a real good go, and really get the language, and just experience We want to travel around Brazil, and not just here, but really really experience Brazil. And then head back for high school and college for the kids. What unexpected problems or difficulties have come up? One of the things that has been scary for me is the police blitzes. They point at your car, you have to pull over, guns are pulled, they treat you like a criminal. It’s been kind of scary, it’s very intimidating. And as soon as they see you’re a gringo, they’re like, “What? What are you doing here?” They don’t know what to do with me. Alright, so there’s people out there who are like, “I’m not doing that, this is just insane, I got too many friends, I got my business, I got my work”
What do you say to them? I say: Do it. Do it. You will never regret taking the time to adventure. To go out and see the world… Take your babies, take your family, because they will be safe, they’ll have a lot of fun, they’ll enjoy it too. But the biggest thing is that it changes
you as a person, and lets you see the world and open your eyes and open your
heart. It’s something you won’t ever regret. And you think it might be hard
because we have all these commitments. I mean, we had our friends and family and businesses in the United States, which was hard. We had to sell our house. But, you know what, it’s this is the most beautiful thing we’ve done for our kids, for our family and what’s most important to us are the experiences in life, and giving our kids the opportunity to grow and learn. And don’t say you have three kids and it’s
gonna be too hard, because they have five Thank you guys so much for inviting me
here there’s gonna be another video with them on Amigo Gringo, my Portuguese
Channel, so get ready for that. I’m not sure if it’s gonna come out before or after this, and be sure you follow their channel, I’ll put a link in the description and you guys are also on Instagram Yes. It’s @our.brazilian.life All right, thank you very much for being
with me. Thank you so much! Bye!