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Reflecting on an Unexpected Protest in São Paulo – 2014

  • 3 Jun, 2016
The end for my new book project, Brazil: After the Honeymoon Period, is already in sight and I’m VERY excited about releasing it! This means I’m likely to have more time to devote to this blog too, which I am also looking forward to! One of the chapters in the new book focuses on the protests that… Read More
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The Best Reason I’ve EVER Heard For Studying English

  • 20 May, 2016
It’s been a bit quiet on this blog recently, and I’m going to use this post to tell you why. So I leisurely started working on a writing project over nine months ago, but over the last few months it has really dominated all of my free time as I try to get it ready… Read More
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The Time I Used COMPLETELY The Wrong Word in Portuguese!

  • 27 Apr, 2016
My friend and I had just sat down into the all-you-can eat Japanese restaurant when his work-phone started ringing. “I won’t be a second, it’s my boss” he said apologetically. As he began to discuss work related issues, the waiter came over to ask us if we’d like a menu. We didn’t, we had totally… Read More
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The Brazilian House Party Surprise

  • 15 Apr, 2016
On our way to my friend’s place one Friday evening, my housemates and I stopped off at the nearby supermarket to pick up some beers. No sooner had we walked down the beer aisle than a six pack of Coronas caught my eye. “I haven’t seen these for ages!” I told my friend with an… Read More
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Sending Money Into and Out of Brazil

  • 8 Apr, 2016
The following is a sponsored post from International Money Transfers; a site in which you can learn how to dodge big fees, cut delivery times in half and, best of all, how to get access to a better currency exchange rate for your currency. So ladies and gentlemen: Let’s Talk Money As I reflect on the first… Read More
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Waiting for a Beer at a Brazilian House Party

  • 1 Apr, 2016
When my friend turned thirty last year, his parents celebrated by throwing a party at their place in São Paulo. After accepting the invitation, I wanted to double check two things before the big day; the first, what was I was supposed to bring? The second, what did “the party starts at eight” really mean?… Read More
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Trying to Understand Panelaço Protests

  • 23 Mar, 2016
I remember exactly where I was the first time heard a panelaço taking place in São Paulo. I was in my apartment watching TV and eating some spicy Doritos on the evening of International Women’s day, 2015. Then I heard some strange noises coming from outside my window. The neighbourhood I was living in was… Read More
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Concert Review: Liniker at Z Carniceria

  • 3 Mar, 2016
I first heard of the Brazilian singer, Liniker, late last year when my housemate played me his single, Zero. I was instantly struck by how soulful this guys voice was and so I quickly joined Liniker’s Facebook group. Then, before carnival this year, I managed to get my hands on tickets to his show at… Read More
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Embarrassing Myself..One Portuguese Mistake At A Time!

  • 26 Feb, 2016
After getting over the initial disappointment of arriving in Sáo Paulo and realising my Japanese skills couldn’t be transferred to conversations with many of the Japanese people living here, I have been studying Portuguese steadily over the last few years. These days I watch films in Portuguese, I try to understand memes made of Inês… Read More
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A Foreigner Trying To Understand Brazilian Memes

  • 27 Jan, 2016
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Brazil’s viral celebrity, Inês Brasil, in which I attempted to explain this intriguing sub celebrity to other non-Brazilians. I noted that in the last few years she has become an internet powerhouse in Brazil, yet I wasn’t 100% sure why. So I posted, hoping that someone could help… Read More
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