"I'm an alien
I'm a legal alien
I'm a Trini in Rio de Janeiro..."
Taking the idea from Sting in the song Englishman in New York (see video), I decided to talk about my experience in a place home away from home.
I've been living in Rio for 12 long years, have a permanent visa and consider myself totally integrated in Brazilian society and the carioca way of life.
But does that make me Brazilian? Do I want to be Brazilian? Do I have to be one?
I don't think so. It's not necessary. Most people make the mistake of thinking that I'm Brazilian, probably I have mixed in so well and learnt the language.
Accordng to the Cambridge Advanced Dictionary, an alien is someone or something coming from a different country, race, or group; foreign.
But alien does not mean that I can not adapt to and accept the new.
They say that when in Rome, you should do as the Romans. More than that, I think you have to be yourself. So, the words of Sting:
BE YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY