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There truly are not enough adjectives to describe what this SAP Social Sabbatical has meant to me. The work was at times challenging, at times a bit overwhelming, but it was at all times AMAZING. The members of Team Guaiba are not only a group of talented, hard-working professionals, they are also genuinely wonderful people. Each one of them is unique in an incredible way. Despite our diverse backgrounds, both personally and professionally, we were able to form a bond that enabled us to become a cohesive team and, more importantly, new friends. As I finish packing and getting ready to leave this incredible place, I am thinking about what I am taking away.

I have learned so much about so many things that I feel my head may explode (I will save that for another blog). But, I think that above all, the things that I will be taking away from here are the relationships that I have formed. I have formed personal and professional bonds not only with the members of Team Guaiba but also with some incredible people here in Porto Alegre. It is those relationships and bonds that will be with me for the rest of my life. And for that, I am truly thankful.

From our first dinner, to our last…

To Team Guaiba: Estou tão feliz por ter conhecido todos vocês e agora considerá-lo todos os meus queridos amigos. Viagens seguras. Até que nos encontremos de novo ...  (I am so glad to have met you all and now consider you all my dear friends. Safe travels. Until we meet again...)

To my City Hall Team in Porto Alegre: Foi uma honra fazer esse trabalho-ihe boa sorte em ver essa visao em ralidade. Vou sentir falta de todos vocês. (It has been our honor to do this work for you. We wish you luck in seeing this vision come true. I will miss you all.)

To SAP CSR: Obrigado por esta oportunidade. Este foi um aventure incrível que me mudou para sempre. (Thank you for this opportunity. This was an amazing adventure that has changed me forever.)

In my next blog, I will share how it was to work on our specific project with the City Hall of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. Stay tuned…