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The six places that make São Paulo special

  • 21 Jul, 2016
When I tell people that I really enjoy living in São Paulo, this comment can sometimes be met with a look of confusion by the Paulistanos I am talking to. “But why?” is the standard response I get! Sure, there is no denying that this city can be pretty damn ugly, it is relentlessly fast… Read More
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Meet the Locals: Ton Gomes

  • 15 Jul, 2016
Last year I introduced a new feature to my blog, Meet the Locals. The idea behind this is that São Paulo is home to a number of characters with some very interesting stories. By interviewing these guys for my blog, I want to hear more about the relationships they have with this sprawling, concrete jungle.… Read More
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Brazil: Life after the Honeymoon Period – Out NOW!

  • 13 Jul, 2016
My latest ebook Brazil: Life after the Honeymoon Period is out NOW! It is available to buy here on Amazon. Here is the blurb: “Do you want to die?” The thief screamed. “Do you want to die?” He repeated, and as Andrew stared down the barrel of the gun, time slowed down, the air around… Read More
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Culture Shock: The Brazilian Birthday Song

  • 17 Jun, 2016
The first time I celebrated my birthday in Brazil, my friends and I went out to a nearby restaurant. No sooner had we finished eating dinner, out of the corner of my eye, I saw about eight waiters and waitresses marching over to our table. They were led by a strongly built, full bosomed waitress… Read More
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Reflecting on an Unexpected Protest in São Paulo – 2014

  • 3 Jun, 2016
The end for my new book project, Brazil: After the Honeymoon Period, is already in sight and I’m VERY excited about releasing it! This means I’m likely to have more time to devote to this blog too, which I am also looking forward to! One of the chapters in the new book focuses on the protests that… Read More
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The Best Reason I’ve EVER Heard For Studying English

  • 20 May, 2016
It’s been a bit quiet on this blog recently, and I’m going to use this post to tell you why. So I leisurely started working on a writing project over nine months ago, but over the last few months it has really dominated all of my free time as I try to get it ready… Read More
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The Time I Used COMPLETELY The Wrong Word in Portuguese!

  • 27 Apr, 2016
My friend and I had just sat down into the all-you-can eat Japanese restaurant when his work-phone started ringing. “I won’t be a second, it’s my boss” he said apologetically. As he began to discuss work related issues, the waiter came over to ask us if we’d like a menu. We didn’t, we had totally… Read More
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The Brazilian House Party Surprise

  • 15 Apr, 2016
On our way to my friend’s place one Friday evening, my housemates and I stopped off at the nearby supermarket to pick up some beers. No sooner had we walked down the beer aisle than a six pack of Coronas caught my eye. “I haven’t seen these for ages!” I told my friend with an… Read More
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Sending Money Into and Out of Brazil

  • 8 Apr, 2016
The following is a sponsored post from International Money Transfers; a site in which you can learn how to dodge big fees, cut delivery times in half and, best of all, how to get access to a better currency exchange rate for your currency. So ladies and gentlemen: Let’s Talk Money As I reflect on the first… Read More
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Waiting for a Beer at a Brazilian House Party

  • 1 Apr, 2016
When my friend turned thirty last year, his parents celebrated by throwing a party at their place in São Paulo. After accepting the invitation, I wanted to double check two things before the big day; the first, what was I was supposed to bring? The second, what did “the party starts at eight” really mean?… Read More
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