Life Changing Decisions – Move to Bhutan

After a long time promising to get back at posting, I have officially a good excuse. I now live in The Happiest Country on Earth: The Kingdom of Bhutan!

I am now a teacher in the Kingdom of Bhutan, one of the most closed countries in the planet,
and I made it here through a series of personal turmoil. Over the last two and a bit years, my life changed quite a bit. I went from clinically depressed to finishing my Ph.D, moving back to Brazil, teaching for one year in one of the most prestigious schools in the American Continent,
giving that up, getting married and giving up a great job to move to the Land of the Thunder Dragon.


Why Bhutan? So many people have asked me this questions and I don’t really have a single answer. It is a combination of factors. Bhutan is one of the most difficult countries to enter in the world. Its culture is still so untouched, there is so much to explore… etc etc… but the main reason is: I prefer to regret having taken this opportunity than wonder about what could have been.


What the decision difficult to make? Well, not really! I had the will to throw myself at this opportunity and the support from my family and my then girlfriend. So much so that we got married in 12 days and she is here with me! Want better support than this?


Why give up a great job? It was not easy. I liked my previous job quite a lot! Loved the people I worked with and I felt bad having left the job. It is not easy to quit, is it? They were also very supportive. I really wanted the opportunity to work with underprivileged children in a country that is supporting its Education System with everything it has. It is inspiring to see how fast Education is progressing.


Is Bhutan changing your life? Another question that everyone asks me all the time. I am an avid traveller and think that our lives are changed at every moment, every day, by every experience, it does not matter how small it is. Coming to a highly spiritual country, still so ingrained in Buddhism does change one’s life, but not in the way that you’d think. It is another set of experience that will, in whatever way, have an impact in my life. How? I don’t know! I just want to absorb as much of the culture as I possibly can.


Next? I will be posting a series of more detailed posts about my experiences here. Keep yourself tuned! My first experience can be read at http://www.mochilaoadois.com.br/festival-paro-tshechu/.


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A Certain Feeling of Misguided Pride

Have you ever lived in a house, studied some place that you didn’t particularly like, but once you left, you felt a certain level of pride for being part of that particular place?

I have recently left my second Alma Matter for greener pastures. I had great moments during my time there, met some of the best people in the world, but the last year or so haven’t been filled with good memories at all. Once I cleared my desk and gave up my keys, all of a sudden I was overcome with a sense of pride for being part of that place, I even went to the University Shop and bought a pin with the University Crest to add to my bag.

Was it a feeling of pride for being part of the institution or was it a feeling of self-pride for having somewhat tamed the beast and padding myself on the back for not giving up? Well, I am not sure what I am feeling at the moment, to be very honest! I wished I had some idea and give credit where credit is due… and probably for the first time in my life, I will put modesty, guide that pride and pat myself on the back for another achievement! For better or worse, I handed in my PhD Thesis! While still being grateful for everything my Alma Matter did for me!