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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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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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“Book Excerpt: Brazilians just want your extra time and your….”

  • 26 Jun, 2014
Last month I fulfilled a childhood dream of mine by releasing a book. This means I’ve now joined the ranks of Geri Halliwell, Thelma from Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and Kerry Katona as people who’ve published a memoir! What a group of people to be amongst! Almost as soon as Trying to Understand Brazilian Culture was… Read More
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What it’s Like to Watch World Cup Games on the Streets of São Paulo

  • 19 Jun, 2014
“There was a lot of controversy about the opening ceremony on social media last night. What did you make of it?” Asked the BBC York presenter interviewing me live on the radio. It was the morning after the first Brazil game, and I’d not really been up very long. If I’m being honest, I was… Read More
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A Brazilian Welcome: Being Foreign in São Paulo During The Cup

  • 16 Jun, 2014
Right now there are a whole load of foreigners in São Paulo. Come Thursday there will be even more as English and Uruguayan fans descend onto the city for their second group match. As a Brit, I’m very excited about this game taking place in the city I now call my second home, and also… Read More
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The Speedo Has Landed!

  • 1 Apr, 2014
So this post is a follow up to the post I wrote a few months ago on the subject of being unsure about wearing speedos in Brazil (if you missed it, here it is). After almost four years here, one afternoon I impulsively decided to bite the bullet and buy a pair. I was walking along the… Read More
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Japanese Culture vs Brazilian Culture: The Similarities

  • 26 Mar, 2014
“Oh, you lived in Japan before coming to Brazil?” asked a student in response to me telling her I lived in Japan before coming over to Brazil. Then, without really allowing her first question to dry she fired another at me, “Brazilian culture is just so different to Japanese culture, isn’t it?” I nodded and confirmed… Read More
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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
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Three Things That Brazilians Can (Probably) Do Better Than You

  • 9 Jan, 2014
For my first post of 2014 I’ve decided to write a tongue-in-cheek account of very subtle things Brazilians excel at in comparison to us Brits. Let me know what you think!    #1 Queuing   “I know what you will say about Brazil when you get back to England” joked my Brazilian friend last year. “People will ask… Read More
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