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TU Comes to You: Latin America, feat. Talita Russo

My name is Talita Russo, Public Relations Specialist for Latin America. I am writing this blog while traveling for Tiffin University in Latin America.

“Warm (literally) regards from Brazil!

It has been a week that I am on the road looking for future Dragons. Last week, I was in Bogota, Colombia. As a native from Brazil, I thought my Spanish was great until I had to talk to the Uber driver or order my first meal. Thankfully, you can find old Dragons (TU alumni) all over the world. Andres Torres and Santiago Revelo, both from Bogota, were student-athletes at Tiffin University and they both graduated in the class of 2012. I was lucky enough to have gone to TU during the same time with these two wonderful mijos. After seven long years, we were reunited! Andres took the time to walk me around Bogota. We went to many different places, I’ve tried several Colombian dishes, and he explained more about the culture and the customs. Santiago took me to try the most famous Colombian Coffee called “Juan Valdez.” That place is like Starbucks in the United States, there is one on every corner. Andres just moved to Cancun to work in a resort as a tennis instructor, as Santiago recently moved back to Bogota after finishing his master’s degree in journalism in Spain. It was great to see our TU international alumni doing great things. Well done, guys, and thank you so much for the hospitality!

The weather in Bogota was definitely better than in Ohio (traveling is not so hard!), but not as great as in Brazil. Everything was great besides the altitude. For many of you that don’t know, Bogota is situated at an altitude of 8,660 feet above sea level. Such high altitude can make many visitors develop the following symptoms; headaches, loss of appetite, dehydration, heavy breathing, insomnia and nausea.

I was ready to get back to the normal altitude. Thank you, Bogota, but I am ready for you, Brazil.

I am currently in my hometown, Sao Paulo and I feel MUCH better. Also, the communication gets better as I get to speak in my first language with Uber drivers and prospective students. If you are from Sao Paulo and you are seeing this post, feel free to reach out to me to schedule an individual meeting. Starting on April 1, I will be representing Tiffin University on the EducationUSA fairs in many different cities of Brazil such as Porto Alegre, Florianopolis, Campinas, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza. Stay tuned, because I am coming!!!!!