Brazilian Cultural Observations

Brazilian Music- The Good, the Bad….and the Ugly!

  • 11 Nov, 2012
“We’ve told you who our favourite English singers and bands are….now it’s your turn! Which Brazilian artists do you like?” “Eeeerrrrrrm…..” I responded thoughtfully, before looking up at the polystyrene panels in the classroom ceiling and hoping that they would inspire some sort of an answer. “What Brazilian singer…or band…..do….I…like?” I asked this to myself out… Read More

Brazil and the World Cup 2010

  • 22 Oct, 2012
With Brazil being a country famous for both its football and its carnival, when I arrived in Sao Paulo a few months before the start of the 2010 World Cup, I was very interested to see how much of this carnival spirit would spill over into the tournament. When the cup started I was working in… Read More

Supermarket Shopping In Brazil- My Embarrassing Moment!

  • 21 Aug, 2012
‘I REALLY should have picked up a basket’ I thought to myself, as I looked down at the small mountain of shopping in my arms. ‘If that delicious packet of wafer-thin-ham slips any further, there’s no way I’m going to be able to pick it up. Not without dropping at least half my shopping’.  I’d… Read More

Thoughts on the London 2012/Rio 2016 Olympics, from a Brit in Brazil

  • 7 Aug, 2012
In the UK the build up to the London 2012 Olympics have gone on for years, so it’s strange to think by the end of the week, I will no longer be reading articles on The Sun online in the British media, speculating on things like, will London be ready? Will the games be a success? Can we… Read More

Yep, I’m DEFINITELY Still a Foreigner in Brazil!

  • 24 Jul, 2012
I’ve lived and worked in Brazil for almost two years, and I feel like I am now quite used to the Sao Paulo way of life. For example, I take it as a given that I will need to wait in queues for a really long time, I really appreciate the fantastic nightlife, and also I expect to have… Read More

Top 5 Mistakes Brazilians Make When Speaking English.

  • 6 Jul, 2012
Learning a new language is hard work. Really hard. One thing is certain though; EVERY student studying English will make mistakes from time to time. I’ve been teaching English in Brazil for about two years now, and in this time I’ve obviously corrected a number of these mistakes, some of them more amusing than others.… Read More

The Landlord From Hell!

  • 25 Jun, 2012
Every so often in life you meet someone so bizarre, so random, that you can’t quite explain them to other people….without sounding like you are making them up. I’d like to introduce you to one of these people right now….my landlord! So this guy is really skinny, really old, and he has a high pitched… Read More

Ubatuba New Year

  • 21 Jun, 2011
One thing I hadn’t thought about as I was leaving Brazil, was how cold it could get over here. And why would I!?! I guess on each rare occasion Brazil is on the news back home, the news crews don’t tend to film Brazilians wearing jumpers or jackets in winter. Perhaps I had naively imagined tropical… Read More

Shopping

  • 26 May, 2011
I am really enjoying living in Brazil, and am quite surprised at how quickly my time here has gone…over a year already! Although the language is still a challenge for me, I feel like I have adapted quite well to the Brazilian culture. However, there is just one thing I have difficulties getting used to…..the supermarkets!… Read More

Call Centres and Sao Paulo Fashion Week!

  • 16 Feb, 2011
As I flew into Sao Paulo 10 months ago, I arrived here safe in the knowledge that I had a job lined up. I was going to be working in an office, selling financial services on the phones for an investment company. My job would be to speak to (well…to speak to/harass!) Brazilian business men… Read More
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