Luiz and I recently went to the mall to buy a computer. The place was PACKED! Not just the electronics\home appliances stores we visited - but the entire mall.
Wallets seemed to be open. People seemed to be buying. Sales people were definitely busy.
It did not look like a poor country to me. Brazil has changed.
Make no mistake - there are a gazillion poor people in Brazil - and consumer goods are rediculously expensive. But a trip to the mall had me thinking about everything upsidedown.
Who are these people with all this money? Why is this place so packed?
We don´t live in the richest of cities (although Niterói is consistently voted "Best Quality of Life" in Rio de Janeiro state...) Is it the credit bubble? Are people really able to buy refrigerators? I´m looking over my shoulder waiting for the other shoe to drop.
But there is home\apartment construction everywhere. There are municipal improvements happening at the library, the old city hall, the ferry terminal, road expansions. Looks like improvement to me...
Unless and until I hear a pop in a bubble, I´m going to hold on to the belief that things are getting better for many Brazilians.
Am I dillusional? What have you noticed?