Over the last few months, we've had the opportunity to work with some really great people and students from Brazil. I was recently reading 'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!' and his experience in Brazil. This excerpt about the cultural differences cracked me up:
That evening I went for a walk in town, and came upon a small crowd of people standing around a great big rectangular hole in the road— it had been dug for sewer pipes, or something— and there, sitting exactly in the hole, was a car. It was marvelous: it fitted absolutely perfectly, with its roof level with the road. The workmen hadn’t bothered to put up any signs at the end of the day, and the guy had simply driven into it. I noticed a difference: When we’d dig a hole, there’d be all kinds of detour signs and flashing lights to protect us. There, they dig the hole, and when they’re finished for the day, they just leave.
Their laid back culture has been a pain at times, but as a company that is learning and growing it's been a blessing in disguise.