The Foreigner Experience

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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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Dating Brazilians: 4 Things You Should Know

  • 6 Jul, 2014
If you’re a foreigner seriously looking for a future Brazilian partner, there are a few things you might want to know about dating Brazilians BEFORE you meet one! A few weeks ago I asked some of my foreign friends for some of their stories on the subject, and with their permission, I’ve rewritten some of… Read More
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My Favourite Day of the Cup So Far

  • 2 Jul, 2014
As the only English person many of my friends and students know over here, I’ve been constantly talking about the English teams performance over the last few weeks…or perhaps I should say our lack of it. “What happened?” and “I am sorry about your team” are things I’ve been hearing A LOT of recently. It… Read More
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A Brazilian Welcome: Being Foreign in São Paulo During The Cup

  • 16 Jun, 2014
Right now there are a whole load of foreigners in São Paulo. Come Thursday there will be even more as English and Uruguayan fans descend onto the city for their second group match. As a Brit, I’m very excited about this game taking place in the city I now call my second home, and also… Read More
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Brazilians: On my hometown of Scarborough!

  • 8 Jun, 2014
With the first game of the World Cup kicking off in São Paulo in just a few days time, this city will be the first to find itself under the glare of the international spotlight. From what I’ve read online, the media has done a good job of stirring up a curiosity about Brazil for those in the… Read More
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