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
Any article with a title like this one is bound to be interesting! Must read. Why Brazil Is Its Own Worst Enemy | Daniel Wagner.
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
According to Ibope, 75% of Brazilians can´t write, read and interpret a long text. That means that only 25% of Brazilian can fully understand a long text. (Source: http://noticias.terra.com.br/brasil/noticias/0,,OI659284-EI994,00-Ibope+da+populacao+nao+sabe+ler+direito.html) I don´t know how high this percentage is in other countries, but the lack of reading or discussion on serious subjects is very evident when you… Read More The consequences of bad education
Just wanted to post these videos to show the new dance the kids in the favelas have invented that I find fascinating. You rarely see new dances here that do not have heavy sexual undertones, so this one is a pleasant surprise. Of course, someone had to ruin it and call it “dança foda” but… Read More The Favela Dance (Dança/Passinho da Favela)
When I first arrived in Brazil, I was obviously overwhelmed by the huge cultural gap between the Brazilian way of life and the British and Argentinian way of life. Whenever I talked about it to someone here or complained, I was often told that the root of all my frustrations was the “Jeitinho Brasileiro”. It… Read More The Jeitinho Brasileiro
Ok, I have to admit that I have refrained from writing for a while because I understand that Brazilian readers might find me too critical, but some things just have to be said. These last few months, I have been reading lots of posts from foreigners (gringoes.com and similar websites) and Brazilians alike. Mostly on… Read More Touchy Issues
A lot of gringoes ask me how to meet people and make friends in Brazil. Brazilians are very friendly and outgoing, but they also need a lot of reassurance before they make an actual friend that is not someone they´ve known forever or a family member. They tend to stick to a closed group of… Read More Meeting people in Brazil
I wrote the title in Capitals because this experience will go down in my life history. I decided to get a Brazilian driver´s license. In Argentina no one actually does the tests unless they want a professional license. If you don´t believe me, ask an Argentinean where the nearest driving school is. There aren´t any.… Read More The Driving School Experience