Texting in Brazil

Hi all, I’m old school (hell, I’m old) and of the generation that prefers to talk rather than text. However, since I moved to Brazil I’ve learned to love texts. In part this is because they are generally cheaper than calls. Also, often hard to hear on street or in metro, so text is best. […]

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Black Consciousness Day repost

Hi readers! Today is a holiday in much of Brazil, Black Consciousness Day. You can learn about it in this repost…   Hi all, I hope that you are having a good week. My readers in the US will be gearing up for Thanksgiving, in many cases fortifying themselves for an early start on Black […]

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Gay pride parade in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Attitudes toward gays in Brazil

Hi all, Sunday, the 19th annual Gay Pride parade was held in Rio, along Copacabana Beach. I don’t believe I’ve ever written about attitudes towards gays and lesbians in Brazil, and thought this a topic worth writing about, because perceptions may not match reality. I’ll say up front that I’m straight and not really in […]

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The caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil

The Caipirinha

Hello all, Does your country have a national drink? Brazil’s would have to be the caipirinha. The BBC agrees. If you’ve been to Brazil, odds are you’ve tried one – or possibly several! The active ingredient in a caipirinha is cachaça. Cachaça is also known in some parts of Brazil as pinga. It’s also sometimes […]

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Republic day

Hi all, November 15th is Proclamation of the Republic Day here in Brazil. Brazil has a rather interesting history, quite different from that of the U.S., although they were “discovered” at about the same time. Here is a quick primer: The first colony in Brazil was founded on April 22nd, 1500, in what is today the […]

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Iguacu Falls from the Brazil side

Iguaçu Falls

Hi everyone! Hope that you had a good weekend. The website AFAR, which bills itself as “The Experiential Travel Guide”, has posted a list of 29 must-see UNESCO World Heritage sites. One on the list is Iguaçu Falls.As someone who’s visited the Falls three times, I wholeheartedly concur with this selection. Here’s the link to AFAR’s […]

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President Dilma Rousseff is re-elected

Hello all! I’m back! Lots to tell you about soon. For one thing, I’ve moved to the South of Brazil. But all that can wait just a bit. Today I want to talk about Brazil’s presidential elections, which were concluded yesterday. Yesterday actually was the second and final round of voting. The first round of […]

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The Jeitinho Brasileiro

Hi all! I’m back! I’ve been away finishing up my guide, Live Well in Rio, soon to be available on Amazon Kindle. Today we have a post from a guest blogger, Lidi Albuquerque, a Brazilian who lives in New York City and works for BRIC Language Systems. (BRIC offers online classes in Portuguese, Mandarin, and […]

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Brazilians are gaining on the US

Hi all, Brazilians are gaining on the U.S. – on the bathroom scales. I was sitting at my favorite boteco (kind of a neighborhood bar/restaurant) this past weekend. Three men at a neighboring table were setting straight the affairs of the world around a bottle of Antartica beer. Then one of them began to pontificate […]

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Huffington Post launches Brazil Post

Hi all, TGIF! I hope that you had a good week. If you are reading this blog, it’s a good bet that you are interested in Brazil. So you might be pleased to learn that the Huffington Post recently launched “Brasil Post”, featuring online news about Brazil. While Brasil Post isn’t Huffiington’s first international edition […]

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