I have been dying to write this post for months, but decided to leave it for a while until I was confident enough. in the meantime, I started writing a small book about living in Brazil in case anyone wants to venture into the developing world for a few years. The points in this post… Read More Things you have to get used to when you live in brazil
One thing you will have to get used to in Brazil is complaining. Most Brazilian don´t complain because they are afraid or don’t know where to complain. It took me a long time to get over the “crazy gringa” stereotype and find the right places to complain. In most cases, there is no point complaining… Read More Complaining about services in Brazil
For those of you who don´t know, today is the Brazilian Independence Day. I don´t know much about politics and presume there is not much to celebrate, but you have to be blind not to see that something tense is going on. Something is shifting. After some massive protesting, Brazilians are slowly learning one thing:… Read More 7th of September Blues
After looking for years, I finally managed to buy a piece of land in Brazil. As I was the buyer, I decided to find the place first and then look for someone to help me with the paperwork. Of course, I live here and don´t have to worry about the “foreigner” part of the paperwork… Read More Buying property in Brazil: The Easy Way
The other day I watched (for the first and last time) the Brazilian version of The Biggest Loser, that reality show where overweight people literally kill themselves to lose weight and are asked to leave the show if they don´t lose enough of it. The Brazilian version of this show is really interesting because it… Read More Review: The Biggest Loser – Brazilian Version
An article I read the other day: Voices of Brazil, the models facing prejudice at home, from the Guardian, really bothered me and I just felt I had to write something about it, being black and all. First of all, the author accuses Brazil of choosing a white couple to represent the country in the… Read More Review: Prejudice? Really?
A fascinating new phenomenon that has recently emerged in Brazil is the “rolezinho”, which is the literal translation of “walk around”(e.g. vou dar um role) like when we decide to walk around the shopping centre or streets. The fascinating thing about this new trend is that it is a direct reflection of the extreme inequality… Read More Rolezinhos Explained – A reflection of inequality in Brazil
I am not going to go into a detailed account of current events or repeat any of the things people have been posting because that would just be, well, repetitive. As I watch the videos and read comments and mainstream media vehicles requesting photos and struggling to understand the protests, I tried hard to answer… Read More Why are Brazilians Protesting?
I was going to write a separate post for each of these cultural-shock-inducing items of everyday Brazilian life, but that would be a little extreme because they are pretty easy to describe. This week, I thought hard about the first things that shocked me when I came to Brazil at the clueless age of 15… Read More Living in Brazil: Electric showers, toilet litter and other oddities
The title of this post is a little generic, but I am mostly referring to services here. From anything to going to the hospital to getting a passport. Getting things done in Brazil is an art. It´s unlike anything most people have encountered in their native countries and one of the most important complex situations… Read More Living in Brazil: Getting things done