Though Inefficient, the Brazilians Take All Work Seriously

Unlike their Israeli counterparts, they live in open-hearted fun, always celebrating. Here, we run around tight-assed, trying to get as much as possible and never satisfied.

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The front desk clerk looked at me sympathetically, shot out in Portuguese “Sim, tudo bem,” and got right to work. I had come to her that morning with a torn 50-real bill and asked her to tape it back together....