The Foreigner Experience

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My Trip To A Brazilian Dentist

  • 9 Oct, 2015
I kept telling myself it wouldn’t be a problem, that my tooth was just being a bit sensitive and it would eventually sort itself out. Despite the fact I was now wincing in pain every time I ate a KitKat chunky, I tried to convince myself that this would pass. Looking back now, I guess… Read More
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My Experience Of A Brazilian Graduation Ceremony!

  • 20 Apr, 2015
When my good friend Rita invited me to her graduation ceremony a few weeks back I instantly accepted her invitation. I knew how hard she’d worked to finish her course and the sacrifices she’d made along the way; so I was more than happy to see her collect her certificate. “I should probably warn you… Read More
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My Absence From Blogging…Explained!

  • 24 Mar, 2015
I admit, so far 2015 has not been the most productive year for this blog. I’ve written a measly three posts in the last 14 weeks and you don’t need to tell me how lame that is. Hell, since the year started I think some of you might have updated your Myspace page more frequently… Read More
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Why Do Some Brazilians Think the French Smell Really Bad?

  • 24 Feb, 2015
“The metro was really crowded this morning,” said my student just before our class started one afternoon. “There was a tall guy holding onto the handrail next to me and he smelt REALLY bad. I was so close to him and the smell was disgusting”. She then theatrically bit down on her bottom lip, raised… Read More
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On Being Robbed

  • 8 Dec, 2014
In my last blog post, I wrote a letter to my just-arrived-in Brazil-self in which I advised a 26-year-old me not to worry too much about being robbed: Trust me when I say this…you will find São Paulo is not nearly as dangerous for you as you expect it to be. Famous last words! Unbeknown… Read More
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Dear Me: Letter to my ‘Just-Arrived-In-Brazil’ self

  • 24 Nov, 2014
In my English classes recently, my students have been looking at letters written by well known celebrities to their 16-year-old selves. Not only has this exercise proved to be a great way for my students to practice conditionals, but some of these letters have actually been pretty funny, others quite moving and some fairly thought… Read More
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Three Ways I’ve Changed In São Paulo

  • 27 Oct, 2014
So a few years ago I experienced the haircut from hell (where my barber kindly sliced into my ear with his scissors), and since then, I have to admit, I’d become cautious about getting my hair trimmed. But now I’m happy to say that I’ve found a barber I like. He is good at what… Read More
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Brazilian Culture vs Downton Abbey

  • 6 Oct, 2014
I’m going to start this post with a confession, one that I know isn’t going to give me a whole lot of street cred, but anyway, here goes…. I’m a Downton Abbey fan. I know, I know; with this admission goes all of that hard work I’ve put into growing my ‘cool’, hipster beard. But… Read More
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Me vs The Brazilian With Good Education

  • 11 Sep, 2014
About six months ago I was at a party called Green Sunset, a monthly event held on the grounds of the Museum of Image and Sound (Check out my review of it here). I’d been quite a few times already, but this time around I was surprised to see how busy it was. It was… Read More
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Why do some Brazilians think British food is shit?

  • 25 Aug, 2014
If you’re British and reading this, you might be surprised to learn that over in Brazil our cuisine is considered….well, a bit of a joke. I know right, I couldn’t believe it either! I remember the exact moment I found this out, it was about a year into my stay in São Paulo. One Saturday… Read More
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