The Foreigner Experience

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Three Ways Brazil Has Changed Me: For Better and Worse

  • 21 May, 2014
I’ve been an ESL teacher in Brazil for the last four years now, and in this time, my students have thrown a number of interesting questions my way. But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that one asked something that really made me stop and think. Since being asked, the following question has corkscrewed… Read More
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Why Visit São Paulo? Interview With A Tourist!

  • 15 May, 2014
A few months ago, my sister Hannah and brother-in-law Andy came to Brazil for about a week. When I met up with them in Rio, they’d already checked out the Falls de Iguazu, and the last leg of their journey brought them over to São Paulo. I was quite keen to show them around my… Read More
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I’ve Written a Book!

  • 25 Apr, 2014
After over seven months of writing, rewriting old blog posts, deleting everything and then writing again….34,000 words later I have finally finished my book, Trying to Understand Brazilian Culture. This is a personal account of the time I’ve spent here in Brazil, filtered through my experiences of living and working in São Paulo. Here is the blurb:… Read More
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The Speedo Has Landed!

  • 1 Apr, 2014
So this post is a follow up to the post I wrote a few months ago on the subject of being unsure about wearing speedos in Brazil (if you missed it, here it is). After almost four years here, one afternoon I impulsively decided to bite the bullet and buy a pair. I was walking along the… Read More
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The New Blog!

  • 21 Mar, 2014
Welcome to my new blog! I flirted with the idea of changing my blog a while ago, when it dawned on me my observations of Brazilian culture are mostly filtered through my time here in Latin America’s second largest city, Sao Paulo. So I wanted a name that reflected this. I decided on ‘What About Sao… Read More
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Brazilian Men On the Beach….and My Speedo-Phobia!

  • 12 Nov, 2013
Summer is just around the corner, and over the last few weeks the hot weather many associate with Brazil has made a welcome return. Not only does this mean that soon I will be contending with the mosquitoes that find me irresistibly delicious, but I’ll also be making frequent trips to the beach in an… Read More

The Harry Potter Insults

  • 14 Oct, 2013
A couple of years ago I took a trip back to the UK to attend a friend’s wedding. Just as I’d hoped, the day was extremely enjoyable, the weather was great and I particularly enjoyed catching up with friends I hadn’t seen for a while. So the next day after sleeping off the excess of… Read More
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“Are You Single?”

  • 23 Sep, 2013
So I’m fully aware that the type of Brazilian woman I’m about to describe is rare here. In fact, women I’ve met generally don’t behave like this AT ALL, so the fact that one did totally caught me off guard. I’m sure you get this type of woman I’m about to describe all over the world,… Read More

What Brazilians Actually Think of Brits

  • 17 Sep, 2013
I thought it was about time for me to do something a little bit different with this blog post, and instead of giving my interpretation of Brazilian culture, I’ve instead decided to turn the tables and write a post on what Brazilians seem to think about British culture. If you’re British and think you can… Read More

Haircut From Hell – The Sequel

  • 9 Sep, 2013
About a year ago I wrote a blog post about an uncomfortable moment I had at my local barbers shop. Midway through having a haircut, my elderly barber distracted himself by asking me a load of questions (about being German, of all things!), and in doing so accidentally cut my ear open with his scissors.Yea….it… Read More
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