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Christmas in Brazil

Hi all, As most of you have not been to Brazil, you may be curious about what Christmas is like here. These days, Christmas in Brazil is much the same as Christmas in the U.S. Some websites will tell you that folks here eat colored rice and French toast as traditional Christmas foods, but I’ve […]

The evolution of the Brazilian bikini

Hi all, Here’s the post that many of you have been waiting for! A discussion of the Brazilian bikini! Brazilian bikinis are renowned – some of the more conservative might say notorious – around the world. You’ll routinely see pictures of lovely young ladies on the beaches any time Rio is in the news. But, […]

Regions of Brazil

Oi gente, That means “Hi, people.” Just thought I’d mix it up a little for you. Brazil is a huge country – number five in the world in area (behind Russia, Canada, China, and the U.S.). It should therefore be no surprise that pronounced regional differences exist in Brazil. Accents, food, festivals, and customs all […]

The thumbs up

Hi everyone and TGIF, Today I will provide you with a basic lesson in how to communicate in Brazil – even if you know not a word of Portuguese. Simply give the thumbs up. The thumbs up can be used virtually anywhere and for anything in Brazil. For example: A businessman has just given you […]

X salada, por favor

Hi all, Often I’ll meet a Brazilian who claims to know not a word of English. I always challenge him. English is so prevalent (one could say intrusive) around the world that it’s virtually impossible not to pick up a few words. But sometimes English has a way of slipping in disguised and unnoticed. For […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Time in Brazil

Hi all, After more than five years living in Brazil, I suppose it’s about time that I wrote about time. Actually, I have written a bit about time, specifically daylight saving time. Brazil, like the U.S., practices Daylight Saving Time, but only in the more southerly states. As the northern states lie in the tropics, […]

The new year begins!

Hi everyone! It’s March 12th. In the US, clocks and cell phones sprang forward to Daylight Saving Time last weekend. Spring is just around the corner. And in Brazil, the new year is just beginning! It’s a joke here in Brazil that the new year begins in March. It’s a joke – but also pretty […]