My decision to eventually live in Brazil, after retirement, was made in 1982. I had become acquainted with Brazil in 1976 as a result of an invitation to teach group psychotherapy methods to a large group of established psychiatrists and clinical psychologists. My teaching was associated with the Instituto Brasileiro de Analise Transaccional.
Between 1976 and 1986 I made more then 25 visits to Brazil, most of the time in São Paulo. Having lived many years in a Chicago suberb and being well-acquainted with New York, life in a large cosmopolitan city was comfortable.
I continued my medical private practice in California until 1988, planning the details for moving over a period of more than two years. The actual move was made in late 1988 while awaiting approval of my permanent visa - based on the relationship with my wife, a Brazilian.
Now, with more than 25 years of residence in Brazil, I am content with being here. I have a relatively large family of descendents, all living in the US. The internet permits me to maintain contact.
During my residence in Brazil, I have only may six visits to the US. I have traveled within Brazil. By the time I moved to Brazil, I had accumulated a large network of acquaintences. I rarely seek contact with American ex-pats though I do have a few close American friends.
Part of my comfort in moving to Brazil is that I have had an affinity for Latin cultures, as regards personal relationships, art and a less pressured lifestyle. While the political systems are markedly different from the US, they are an inheritance from the era of monarchs and indulgences. Things are changing, however.
It is my good fortune to still have my wits about me at age 92, and also enjoying good health. Life is good - living in a beach community in the Litoral Sul.