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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
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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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The Weird and Wacky World of Brazilian Sub-Celebrity

  • 5 Nov, 2014
Every country has them. Those individuals who mysteriously manage to become household names, in spite of their lack of talent or obvious appeal. As someone from the UK I’m more than familiar with the absurdity of this z-lister celebrity culture. I’d even go as far as to say it fascinates me. In my humble opinion,… Read More
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Three Ways I’ve Changed In São Paulo

  • 27 Oct, 2014
So a few years ago I experienced the haircut from hell (where my barber kindly sliced into my ear with his scissors), and since then, I have to admit, I’d become cautious about getting my hair trimmed. But now I’m happy to say that I’ve found a barber I like. He is good at what… Read More
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Brazilian Culture vs Downton Abbey

  • 6 Oct, 2014
I’m going to start this post with a confession, one that I know isn’t going to give me a whole lot of street cred, but anyway, here goes…. I’m a Downton Abbey fan. I know, I know; with this admission goes all of that hard work I’ve put into growing my ‘cool’, hipster beard. But… Read More
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Me vs The Brazilian With Good Education

  • 11 Sep, 2014
About six months ago I was at a party called Green Sunset, a monthly event held on the grounds of the Museum of Image and Sound (Check out my review of it here). I’d been quite a few times already, but this time around I was surprised to see how busy it was. It was… Read More
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Why do some Brazilians think British food is shit?

  • 25 Aug, 2014
If you’re British and reading this, you might be surprised to learn that over in Brazil our cuisine is considered….well, a bit of a joke. I know right, I couldn’t believe it either! I remember the exact moment I found this out, it was about a year into my stay in São Paulo. One Saturday… Read More
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Dating Brazilians: 4 Things You Should Know

  • 6 Jul, 2014
If you’re a foreigner seriously looking for a future Brazilian partner, there are a few things you might want to know about dating Brazilians BEFORE you meet one! A few weeks ago I asked some of my foreign friends for some of their stories on the subject, and with their permission, I’ve rewritten some of… Read More
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