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My Experience Of A Brazilian Graduation Ceremony!

  • 20 Apr, 2015
When my good friend Rita invited me to her graduation ceremony a few weeks back I instantly accepted her invitation. I knew how hard she’d worked to finish her course and the sacrifices she’d made along the way; so I was more than happy to see her collect her certificate. “I should probably warn you… Read More

Meet the Locals- Dilú

  • 13 Apr, 2015
The idea behind this new Meet the Locals feature is that the longer I live in São Paulo, the more regularly I’m seeing some of the city’s ‘characters’ and wondering what their stories are. So if you’re coming to the city and you want to know a bit more about the faces that you could… 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

My Absence From Blogging…Explained!

  • 24 Mar, 2015
I admit, so far 2015 has not been the most productive year for this blog. I’ve written a measly three posts in the last 14 weeks and you don’t need to tell me how lame that is. Hell, since the year started I think some of you might have updated your Myspace page more frequently… Read More

Why Do Some Brazilians Think the French Smell Really Bad?

  • 24 Feb, 2015
“The metro was really crowded this morning,” said my student just before our class started one afternoon. “There was a tall guy holding onto the handrail next to me and he smelt REALLY bad. I was so close to him and the smell was disgusting”. She then theatrically bit down on her bottom lip, raised… Read More

Meet The Locals- Bruno Kioshi

  • 13 Jan, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! As this is the first post of 2015, I thought I’d use this opportunity to kick off a feature on my blog I’ve been meaning to get going for some time, ‘Meet The Locals‘. The idea behind this is that the longer I live in this city, the more regularly I… Read More
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Top 10 Finds Of 2014

  • 15 Dec, 2014
São Paulo is not the easiest place for a tourist to navigate around. Let’s face it, it is an absolute beast of a city! If you’re following a guide book then I guess you’re going to find the well trodden tourist spots easily enough. However if you’re wanting to go off the beaten track and… Read More

On Being Robbed

  • 8 Dec, 2014
In my last blog post, I wrote a letter to my just-arrived-in Brazil-self in which I advised a 26-year-old me not to worry too much about being robbed: Trust me when I say this…you will find São Paulo is not nearly as dangerous for you as you expect it to be. Famous last words! Unbeknown… Read More

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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