My reintroduction into Europe started in Spain - or Barcelona and its surrounds to be specific. Although it was my first time, I quickly felt comfortable with my surrounds. It was nice to have tastes of foods and comforts I’d been so long without. Plus my Spanish came in pretty handy as well.
And so came São Paulo. I learnt it was home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. Which in turn led me to spend the bulk of my final days on the continent immersed in Japanese culture served with a side of Brazilian.
My initial impressions of Brazil were fairly average to be honest - of the border town of Corumbá, anyway. But then on the day I woke extra early to take my [non-existent] target bus, I made a last minute change to give the region the chance I had set aside for it.