Brazil is known for a bunch of things: carnival, soccer, beautiful women and gorgeous beaches. But the most usual thing you hear about Brazil is how Brazilians are just so damn friendly.
Brasília is the capital of Brazil. The political center of the country is here. But other than that? Nothing else characterizes us as Brazilians. I can safely bet that most people don't even know this place exists and think Rio de Janeiro is the capital. Or São Paulo.
In Brasília we have no beaches, we don't have a big tradition in soccer (even if we do have some teams, just not old ones or even very good), neither do we have one in carnival parades
This city is... weird.
To go anywhere you have to use a car or public transportation, there is no walking in Brasília.
There are no streets and no corners. I swear. There aren't!
This city was projected and built accordingly and one of the biggest patrimonies we have is: the horizon and the sky.
The sky is the biggest thing you can see in our city. the horizon is actually part of the landmark. Along with the fact that there are no streets or corners, it makes for a very weird kind of citizen.
People who are born here? They would hardly ever talk inside the bus or the subway (every other state I've been too, I could hear people talking with each other, which makes sense, these people see each other everyday... not Brasília)
People who come from my city are socially retarded, sort to speak. We are awkward making friends, we feel strange talking to people who we are not related to or obligated to know for some reason.
People who come from other states to live here, adapt with some struggle. But not just the people, the very city makes you stop and become more introspect. The long rides to anywhere, the horizon, the detached and weirdly enough warm buildings.
In buses, you know what most people do? Read. Or pray (mostly catholic country, remember, people pray with their rosaries in hand). If someone starts talking, the others become annoyed, this is NOT the time to be talking on the phone or discussing politics! This is the time to THINK.
Of course there are the exceptions.
People who just don't have enough sense to conform.
But even those people are affected by the calm of this city, it's not something that can be controlled. My sociology teacher said once that people who were socialized here could be compared to autistic children.
I have lived with one for my whole life ... and she is completely right.
So, Brasília defies the "brazilians are such good guys" paradigm. Not that the people here aren't good, they just are trapped inside their own heads for most of the time.
Again, this is social behaviour. If someone isn't happy being in the public eye acting the way they do, I don't know. I don't know if people secretly hate being so self-centered. Most people don't notice this, so, I don't even know if what I see is correct most of the time.