Fearing I was about to be stood up, I called to check everything was OK.
I spent the next five minutes staring at the door waiting for them to ‘just arrive’.
Five minutes turned into ten, and ten quickly rolled into fifteen.
‘Let’s meet again’ in Brazil isn’t always an indication that someone wants to see you again; as it can also mean ‘I’m going to sound polite as I’m leaving a party, goodbye!
’ When making plans with a Brazilian, a foreigner should also be aware that that the word ‘no’ is rarely used (I was sat in a bar in São Paulo waiting for my date to arrive, but I was becoming concerned as I’d already been waiting 15 minutes.