One Week Until GIP Brazil Begins!

Ilha Grande is a quiet island, two and a half hours by car then twenty minutes by boat from the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is a place of wild dogs, no cars, but thankfully plumbing and electricity! Lying in a hammock surrounded by mountainous greenery, shade of tall trees and looking out upon an inlet of the ocean speckled with parked water taxis and sailboats I cannot believe that we are really here. We are really in Brazil!

Ilha Grande

It is about one week before the travel portion of the Global Immersion class will kick off in Sao Paulo and for the past four days a handful of us have been venturing around the state of Rio de Janeiro, exploring some of its most beautiful neighborhoods and sites.

Ipanema Beach
Ipanema Beach
Neighborhood of Santa Teresa
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer

Thus far the food has been amazing, the coconut water revitalizing, the caipirinhas epically delicious, and the views… Well, it is Rio 🙂

View of Rio de Janeiro from Sugarloaf Mountain
View of Rio de Janeiro from Sugarloaf Mountain


This semester in the classroom we’ve learned about Brazil’s codependence with China for their growing economies, Brazil’s geographic relationship to west Africa and their similarities in terrain and natural resources, and the story of Brazil’s origins as a mix of Portuguese settlers and slaves from Africa. For next week we are all really looking forward to learning more about both the cultural and business landscape of this incredibly large and diverse country. It is especially amazing how eclectic our list of company visits are that Professor Martinez has planned for us across Sao Paulo and Rio, covering a wide variety of industries including beer, entertainment, finance, energy, consulting, pulp & paper, and an NGO.

Looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the class in Sao Paulo. To follow along the journey be sure to follow #ChazenBreadBasket #GIPBrazil #CBSChazenTravel #GreyMonday #BlueDayTuesday #WhiteTeeWednesday #StraightStraightLeft on social media. Saúde!

Andrew Zalk, MBA’15

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