After spending seven years working as social worker and helping others through the process of migration I become a migrant myself. In February 2012 my job in the UK came to an end and with my wife (who is Brazilian) needing to complete her degree, we moved to São Paulo. After less than a week in the country I realised that it might be amusing (mainly for others) to document my futile and often embarrassing attempts to adjust to life in Brazil.
About me: I´m a social worker from the UK who specialises in working with refugees. In February 2012 I became a migrant myself when I moved to São Paulo and I'm writing a blog about my attempts to adjust to life in Brazi
How not to be an ?expat? Gringoes is a website which provides a space for foreigners to comment on life in Brazil. Whilst many go there with honest intentions – certainly more so on the Facebook page - I think it’s fair to say that the site has developed somewhat of a reputation for providing foreigners with a f... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:00:52
Dazed and confused on the streets of London and São Paulo During my formative years I remember one of my friends remarking that it’s impossible to ever be lost in London because most of the time you never know where you are in the first-place. Back then I was inclined to agree because despite living just ten miles from Central London I only sporadica... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:00:21
Interview with Marcel Longo of Brazilian microbrewery Cervejaria Dortmund During a recent trip to visit friends in Serra Negra, a town in the countryside of São Paulo, we managed to shake off our Saturday morning hangovers just in time to make a lunchtime pit stop at Cervejaria Dortmund, the town’s local microbrewery. Marcel Longo, the microbrewery director, kindly ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:00:24
Walking the Minhocão The Minhocão (known officially as Via Elevado Presidente Costa e Silva), is a 2.2 mile (3.5km) long elevated highway that perhaps exemplifies best how São Paulo came to privilege driving over walking and using public transportation. Built in 1971, during a period in which the car industry was highl... Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:00:11
The walker as explorer in São Paulo?s concrete jungle Shortly after moving to São Paulo I started Portuguese lessons at FAAP, a university opposite the Pacaembu football stadium that is about 6km (3.5 miles) from where I live in the north of the city. As a non-driver – as in, I’ve never learnt to drive – my options for travelling arou... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:00:31