The Foreigner Experience

Awkward Classroom Moment

  • 23 Aug, 2013
I’d always assumed before coming over to Brazil that my most awkward classroom moment would’ve come from the time I was teaching in Japan; where I’d been asked by an elderly group of women to explain what a ‘smear test’ was. Well as I was soon to find out, I was wrong to have written… Read More

Does Brazilian TV’s Obsession with Female Flesh Verge on the Sinister?

  • 30 Jul, 2013
About a month ago I was reading an online interview in which the British TV presenter, Daisy Donovan, reflected on her time in Brazil . She was over here for a documentary series to investigate the weird and wonderful world of the country’s extreme TV shows, and not too far into this interview it became… Read More

Being Outsmarted By My Seven Year Old Brazilian Student!

  • 10 Jul, 2013
A few months ago I was teaching my seven year old student, a young kid with an exceptionally high level of English. So in the middle of an incredibly tense game of Connect 4 I noticed that he’d stopped focusing on the game, and was instead staring directly at me.   “Andrew” he said thoughtfully,… Read More

Expatsblog Interview

  • 9 May, 2013
Late last year I did an interview for expatsblog.com, a site bringing together blogs throughout the world….and I thought I’d share it with you all.  Andrew is a British guy getting ever closer to being on the wrong side of thirty. A few years ago he spontaneously agreed to a trip to Brazil with his friend…only… Read More

Tips On Clubbing In Sao Paulo

  • 26 Apr, 2013
A couple of months ago I wrote an article for the foreigner website mydestination, on clubbing in Sao Paulo. Mydestination is a great site for tips and advice, on where to go and what to do in the city. Check it out here….mydestination.com/saopaulo Nestled away in Latin America’s largest concrete jungle are some amazing night… Read More

How Dangerous Is Sao Paulo? Part Two- Life Beyond The Headlines

  • 28 Mar, 2013
Let me start this blog with a confession. I’m not proud of myself for doing it, and perhaps you’re all going to think badly of me after I’ve told you…but last week I read the hell out of The Daily Mail online! After discovering Kelly Brook had gained a tiny bit of weight, and someone from the… Read More

How Dangerous Is Sao Paulo? Part One: Being Robbed

  • 3 Mar, 2013
A couple of months ago I took a trip to the city of Florianpolis, and while I was there I was quite keen to check out the night life. On the Saturday night I decided to head to a club in the centre of the city, and knowing the club wasn’t too far from a… Read More

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

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
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