Brazilian Cultural Observations

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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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Trying to Understand Panelaço Protests

  • 23 Mar, 2016
I remember exactly where I was the first time heard a panelaço taking place in São Paulo. I was in my apartment watching TV and eating some spicy Doritos on the evening of International Women’s day, 2015. Then I heard some strange noises coming from outside my window. The neighbourhood I was living in was… Read More
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Concert Review: Liniker at Z Carniceria

  • 3 Mar, 2016
I first heard of the Brazilian singer, Liniker, late last year when my housemate played me his single, Zero. I was instantly struck by how soulful this guys voice was and so I quickly joined Liniker’s Facebook group. Then, before carnival this year, I managed to get my hands on tickets to his show at… Read More
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A Foreigner Trying To Understand Brazilian Memes

  • 27 Jan, 2016
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Brazil’s viral celebrity, Inês Brasil, in which I attempted to explain this intriguing sub celebrity to other non-Brazilians. I noted that in the last few years she has become an internet powerhouse in Brazil, yet I wasn’t 100% sure why. So I posted, hoping that someone could help… Read More
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A Foreigner Trying to Understand Brazil’s Viral Celebrity: Inês Brasil

  • 14 Jan, 2016
Walk past the many newsstands on São Paulo’s Avenida Paulista right now and you will see Dilma’s face splashed across the front cover of The Economist. ‘Brazil’s Fall’ is the headline, accompanied by a rather unflattering picture of the defeated-looking president. Within the pages of the most recent publication you will find forecasts of doom… Read More
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A Foreigners Guide To Brazilian TV Presenters

  • 6 Nov, 2015
For a foreigner with access to a TV over here, the world of Brazilian TV can seem like a minefield of the bizarre. So what I’m going to do with this post is give a tongue-in-cheek rundown of the five presenters I consider to be the most, erm, interesting. Starting with: Ana Maria Braga I… Read More
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Brazilians: On British Teeth – Part Two

  • 25 Sep, 2015
When I told my friends I was writing a post on what Brazilians thought of British teeth, I asked a few of them for their opinions. Whilst some were pretty non-plus about the state of our (not so) pearly whites (you can read those comments here), others were absolute bastards and delighted in telling me… Read More
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Brazilians: On British Teeth – Part One

  • 18 Sep, 2015
Back in the day when I was an obnoxious teenager with a face full of spots and a pretty big collection of Euro-dance CDs  (“What is Love? Baby don’t hurt me!”), I remember watching an episode of the Simpsons. In this particular episode Ralph had gone to the dentist, but because he hadn’t been brushing his… Read More
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Trying To Understand Brazilian Timing – Part 2

  • 28 Aug, 2015
A couple of months ago, myself and forty friends went to the countryside of São Paulo to a place called Igarata. We’d hired out an incredibly beautiful mansion for the weekend (I know, right? Beijo no ombro!), were we spent two days drinking, eating and doing plenty of catching up. Because there was a DJ… Read More
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