The Foreigner Experience

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Help! How Can a Foreigner Make Friends in Brazil?

  • 12 May, 2017
Every so often, I receive emails from non-Brazilian readers of this blog, asking me for advice about life in Brazil. You see, there are often aspects of Brazilian culture that aren’t easy for us foreigners to get our heads around! The process of integrating can often be a bumpy one – as I’ve documented in… Read More
RioSaoPaulo

São Paulo vs. Rio – An Interview with Sarah Brown

  • 3 May, 2017
It’s not easy to compare Sao Paulo and Rio; the two cities have very different personalities, operate at different paces and their residents often have very different ways of life. But which one would be the most interesting place for a foreigner to live in? For this blog post I invited my good friend –… Read More
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The Most Uncomfortable Part (For Me) about Life in São Paulo

  • 3 Apr, 2017
Late last year I wrote the post, ‘As a foreigner living in Brazil right now, should I be thinking of leaving?’ I did this because: I wanted to give, what I consider to be, an honest reflection of my time here. I felt that I needed to answer why, despite Brazil going through tough times,… Read More
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Backpacking Tips For Brazil

  • 5 Jan, 2017
What About São Paulo is my little corner of the internet in which I like to write about all things São Paulo related, where to go, cultural observations and differences. But every now and again I will receive emails from readers curious about navigating Brazil for the first time. As someone who arrived in Brazil… 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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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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