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The Most Uncomfortable Part (For Me) about Life in São Paulo

  • 3 Apr, 2017
Late last year I wrote the post, ‘As a foreigner living in Brazil right now, should I be thinking of leaving?’ I did this because: I wanted to give, what I consider to be, an honest reflection of my time here. I felt that I needed to answer why, despite Brazil going through tough times,… Read More
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Brazil: Life after the Honeymoon Period – Out NOW!

  • 13 Jul, 2016
My latest ebook Brazil: Life after the Honeymoon Period is out NOW! It is available to buy here on Amazon. Here is the blurb: “Do you want to die?” The thief screamed. “Do you want to die?” He repeated, and as Andrew stared down the barrel of the gun, time slowed down, the air around… Read More
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My Trip To A Brazilian Dentist

  • 9 Oct, 2015
I kept telling myself it wouldn’t be a problem, that my tooth was just being a bit sensitive and it would eventually sort itself out. Despite the fact I was now wincing in pain every time I ate a KitKat chunky, I tried to convince myself that this would pass. Looking back now, I guess… Read More
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Trying To Understand Brazilian Timing- Part One

  • 8 Jul, 2015
This week I wrote a guest post, focusing on some of the things I’ve learnt about teaching ESL in the five years I’ve been living in São Paulo (I’ll add this to the blog’s Facebook page when it’s published). Not long after hitting that send button I began to reflect on other aspects of life in… Read More
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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
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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

Haircut From Hell – The Sequel

  • 9 Sep, 2013
About a year ago I wrote a blog post about an uncomfortable moment I had at my local barbers shop. Midway through having a haircut, my elderly barber distracted himself by asking me a load of questions (about being German, of all things!), and in doing so accidentally cut my ear open with his scissors.Yea….it… Read More

Awkward Classroom Moment

  • 23 Aug, 2013
I’d always assumed before coming over to Brazil that my most awkward classroom moment would’ve come from the time I was teaching in Japan; where I’d been asked by an elderly group of women to explain what a ‘smear test’ was. Well as I was soon to find out, I was wrong to have written… Read More

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
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