What Happens At A Gay Pride Parade In São Paulo?

  • 12 May, 2014
Before attending my first gay pride parade in São Paulo, for me, the words ‘gay pride’ used to conjure up images of politically driven rallies with protesters wielding banners and megaphones. However, I quickly discovered São Paulo  pride is not like this at all. Well, not really! If you’ve ever wondered what the goes on… Read More

The Week My Blog Post Randomly Created A ‘Media Frenzy’!

  • 6 May, 2014
I was told by my friends that the Bin Laden bar was old news in São Paulo. Apparently the look-a-like running the place had already had his 15 minutes of fame a few years ago, appearing on a variety of Brazilian TV shows and in many newspapers. I decided to write about the place anyway,… Read More

Top 3 Street Performers on Paulista Avenue – São Paulo

  • 29 Apr, 2014
After revamping my blog, I posted my first ‘review’ on one of São Paulo’s unusual attractions a few weeks ago. I hoped my take on the Bin Laden bar would be of interest to those curious about a side of city life here you’re not likely to find in any guide books. Little did I know… Read More

I’ve Written a Book!

  • 25 Apr, 2014
After over seven months of writing, rewriting old blog posts, deleting everything and then writing again….34,000 words later I have finally finished my book, Trying to Understand Brazilian Culture. This is a personal account of the time I’ve spent here in Brazil, filtered through my experiences of living and working in São Paulo. Here is the blurb:… Read More

The Most Bizarre/Offensive Bar In Brazil?

  • 16 Apr, 2014
In less than 60 days the World Cup will kick off here in São Paulo. For those who don’t have tickets to the opening game, an official place has been designated in Anhangabau for people to gather and watch the action from a big screen. If you are unfamiliar with the Anhangabau neighbourhood, it’s a pretty… Read More

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

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

The New Blog!

  • 21 Mar, 2014
Welcome to my new blog! I flirted with the idea of changing my blog a while ago, when it dawned on me my observations of Brazilian culture are mostly filtered through my time here in Latin America’s second largest city, Sao Paulo. So I wanted a name that reflected this. I decided on ‘What About Sao… Read More

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

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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