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Things that are difficult to find in Brazil

Hi all, I love Brazil, otherwise I wouldn’t still be living here, and I wouldn’t have jumped through all of the hoops that I’ve had to remain here. (I should have my CIE in about 2 months – after about 4 years of waiting. Sigh…) Still, there are times when it’s challenging living here – […]

Brazilians love to shop – in the U.S.

Hi all, You already know that Brazilians excel at soccer and are pretty good at throwing big parties. But they are also accomplished shoppers, and are steadily honing their skills. Brazil’s middle class has burgeoned in the last 10 years, which has driven an increased demand for – well, for just about everything. Domestic spending per […]

The Serra Gaucha

Hi all, My friends and observant readers of this blog will know that about three months ago I moved to the South of Brazil. Specifically, I live in the small town of Canela (named for a local tree), in an area called A Serra Gaúcha (say Ah SEH hah gah OO sha), in Rio Grande […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rock in Rio 2013 Opens Today

Hi all, Time flies! Was it really two years ago that Rock in Rio was last here? “What?” you ask? Rock in Rio. Only the largest concert event in the world. Yep. And the gates opened just a couple of hours ago. Rock in Rio dates back to 1985. The first event hosted Queen, George […]

Happy New Year!

Hi all, I’m back! Actually I haven’t been slacking. Just the opposite. I’ve been writing a lot of articles for a couple of websites (Transitions Abroad and International Living) and had a visitor here in Paraty. So let me give you a quick rundown on what’s been happening through the holidays, and also on future […]

Here’s Johnny!

I’m back! After 15 days without electricity – with no explanation as to why it was cut off – I once again have power. Sometimes you must get eyeball to eyeball and make yourself clear. Anyway, I want first to take a hot shower and then to enjoy some A/C. Then we’ll talk more. Brasil […]