Brazilian Cultural Observations

Looking Foreign In Sao Paulo

  • 9 Jan, 2013
As the chorus to The Only Girl In The World bounced around the club walls, the pissed up crowd threw their hands up in the air in appreciation. Want you to make me feel, like I’m the only girl in the world Maybe I’m getting old, maybe I hadn’t drank enough, or maybe I need to stop… Read More

Three Reasons Why I Like Sao Paulo’s Trains and Subways

  • 6 Dec, 2012
When home time isn’t your favourite time of day! A couple of months ago I blogged about surviving the CPTM during rush hour. I wrote about this because for me this train line is easily Sao Paulo’s most chaotic at this time, and I also wanted to pass on my tips for riding it. I… Read More

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
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