Outside The City


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

Is Belo Horizonte Really Worth Visiting?

  • 30 Mar, 2015
“You really should visit Belo Horizonte,” commented my friend last year. “My city is so beautiful and not only this; it also has the best pão de queijo (cheese bread) in the whole of Brazil!” Upon hearing these (what I considered pretty lame) reasons why I should take a trip into the Brazilian countryside, I… Read More

Encounters In Rio….Of The British Kind!

  • 27 Jan, 2014
At the end of December last year I took a trip over to Rio, where I spent Christmas day with some friends relaxing on Ipanema beach. With each visit to this beach I find myself in awe of its beauty, and on this day this was further enhanced by a spectacular sunset.  As the sun… Read More

Why Go On A Favela Tour in Rio?

  • 2 Nov, 2012
Before going to Rio last month, I’d told some of my students that I intended to go on a favela tour whilst I was there. Each of them bar none groaned after I’d said this, “oooooh, Andrew, this is such a tourist thing to do”. They would then continue by arguing the following against going… Read More


  • 28 Mar, 2011
Me at Christ the Redeemer Earlier this month before carnival started, two of my best mates from my hometown, McMinn and Darb, came over to see me in Brazil. Before making our way over to Rio for the carnival, we spent a few days chilling in Sao Paulo. And I need to take this opportunity to… Read More
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