Another Brazilian connection

Susanna Melo and Brazilian ambassador Carlos Alberto Asfora look at Susanna and Keith’s photos of Georgia; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

Susanna Melo and Ambassador Carlos Alberto Asfora; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

Story by Susanna Melo

We keep meeting more Brazilians in Tbilisi. Today we visited the Brazilian embassy behind the Marriot Hotel on Rustaveli Avenue. We enjoyed talking with the “simpático” (friendly, kind) Ambassador Carlos Alberto Asfora. He took time to get to know us and he shared information about his career as a diplomat. We exchanged notes on our experiences in Georgia, and he took interest in the stories behind the photos Keith and I shared with him.

By the end of our visit, we were like family, so it seemed appropriate to invite Ambassador Asfora for a home-cooked meal. When he visits our home in July, he’ll get to meet William Santos and Anderson Lopes, young Brazilian ballet dancers, who are presently on tour in Japan. In the ten months since the Brazilian embassy opened, Ambassador Asfora has only met a handful of Brazilian futsal players. But now we all are aware of the growing presence of Brazilians in Georgia!

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

One Response to Another Brazilian connection

  1. Anonymous says:

    We love Brazilians!!!

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