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RANDOM POST: Sao Paulo…Where Are Your Card Shops!?!

  • 18 Apr, 2013
I only discovered about a fortnight ago that Brazilians don’t really bother with cards, on the morning of my friend’s wedding. After withdrawing some grubby looking notes from the cash point ready to give her as my gift, I suddenly thought that I should put them into a card….to make myself seem a little classier!… 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

Three Reasons Why I Like Sao Paulo’s Trains and Subways

  • 6 Dec, 2012
When home time isn’t your favourite time of day! A couple of months ago I blogged about surviving the CPTM during rush hour. I wrote about this because for me this train line is easily Sao Paulo’s most chaotic at this time, and I also wanted to pass on my tips for riding it. I… Read More

Brazilian Music- The Good, the Bad….and the Ugly!

  • 11 Nov, 2012
“We’ve told you who our favourite English singers and bands are….now it’s your turn! Which Brazilian artists do you like?” “Eeeerrrrrrm…..” I responded thoughtfully, before looking up at the polystyrene panels in the classroom ceiling and hoping that they would inspire some sort of an answer. “What Brazilian singer…or band…..do….I…like?” I asked this to myself out… 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

Brazil and the World Cup 2010

  • 22 Oct, 2012
With Brazil being a country famous for both its football and its carnival, when I arrived in Sao Paulo a few months before the start of the 2010 World Cup, I was very interested to see how much of this carnival spirit would spill over into the tournament. When the cup started I was working in… Read More

Rush Hour On The CPTM

  • 9 Oct, 2012
The CPTM, looking a lot less crowded than it does during rush hour! It was a hot afternoon in Sao Paulo, and I’d been on the CPTM train for little over five minutes. My journey was from Pinheiros to Morumbi and the train was just a minute or so away from Berrini station, just one… Read More

A Beginners Guide To Football In Sao Paulo- Part Two

  • 27 Sep, 2012
“What is THIS I’m watching?” my Mum asked this on several occasions when I was growing up. She would ask whilst firmly pressing button number three on the remote control, perhaps hoping it would change what was being broadcast on that channel. “Football? Where’s bloody Coronation Street!?!”  7.30pm means soap opera o’ clock in the… Read More
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