Moving to Argentina
TL;DR: After some time looking for a new job, I decided to move to Argentina. Now, I’m living in Buenos Aires, working for a company called Medallia as a SRE engineer. Wife and son are not here yet, but they will come shortly. The Brazilian situation is complicated and, believe you or not, Buenos Aires sounds like a better place to live nowadays.
How to understand the Brazilian Political Situation?
If you are not Brazilian, It will be very complicated to comprehend all the implications of the political situation in Brazil. I would suggest you to start watching two videos. The first one is polite, does not take a side and goes straight to the point. The second one clearly takes a side but describes the reality correctly. Sadly, in the past few days, things got even worse.
As a Brazilian citizen, I fell ashamed. Between 2005 and 2007 I worked at the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies and for several other government agencies. I did a lot of interesting stuff for my country and avoided millions in proprietary software licenses. While I worked there, I saw the previous wave of scandals to begin and result in some “big names” in jail. However, this new political crisis proved that the previous one was insignificant. Now it is clear that there is no limit for corruption and, sadly, it is not entirely unexpected.
What is unexpected to me is the impact in the moral of the nation. Now, It is general accepted that the country is not going to get better anytime soon. I lost most of my hope when I started to see the national rage against corruption and unsatisfaction with the economy to become violence. About six years ago, just after I met my wife, we decided to move to a small city and live there. The city was calm and safe. In the last six months, it changed drastically. Now I’m afraid to walk at nights and it is common to have gunshots on the streets and people being robbed or killed near my home. The violence raised in such a way that we decided that the best for our family would find a new place to live. If you think I’m overreacting, take a look at these links: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 (all links in Portuguese).
So, we moved to Buenos Aires.
Some Brazilian friends will call me crazy, but the reality is that living in Buenos Aires today looks much safer than in São Leopoldo. The economy in Argentina is always a challenge for Brazilians, and despite the problems my wife and I were experiencing (related to late salary payments), we realized that money was not our biggest concern.
I hope to read this post in some years and think differently. In fact, all Brazilians would like a different future. The future from today’s perspective is dark.