Last night was the grand opening of ABRIN, the Brazilian Toy Fair. I and a thousand other guests attended the opening night party. As I walked to my table I noted that it (and every table in the room) held a bottle of Scotch, a bottle of Champagne and a bottle of Wine. It was obvious: “Brazilians really know how to have a party.”
There were the usual speeches of welcome and the recognition of companies and people. The language was Portuguese but the interaction was familiar enough that no translation was needed.
As I looked around the room, I took in the fact that I was in the heart of a thriving Brazilian toy
industry. People were relaxed and happy and easy with each other. This was a group that seemed to feel good about itself and to like each other.
And I felt right at home. Perhaps it was the way people smiled; the way they expressed themselves and the way they moved their bodies reminded me of home. Maybe its because Brazil, like the United States is a multi-cultural nation of immigrants.
Or maybe it is because Brazil is a confident nation. Their economy is strong and the future looks bright. Maybe that was why so many people were smiling.
Whatever the reason, it all seemed familiar and fun.
Now, it’s off to the show.