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
Here Comes That Weird Chill Only someone from the UK would move to Brazil, start a blog and then write their first post about the weather. Only someone from the UK would bother to write a sequel. And this, I guess, doesn’t do much to challenge the depiction of us Brits as a bunch of grumps, whose approach to communicatin... Fri, 10 May 2013 09:00:53
Reading between the lines On Saturday, the Brazil Character Lab, a twitter profile that provides links to blogs, articles and news related to Brazil, started what became a fairly heated debate when it repeated what one expat had tweeted about Brazilian reading habits – namely that it’s rare to see a Brazilian rea... Mon, 06 May 2013 22:10:02
Brazilian Beer(s) of the Week: Smoke On the Water As I’ve mentioned previously, the majority of Brazilian beers are macrobrewed and labelled as Pilseners – albeit watery and quite bland. However, Brazil’s burgeoning microbreweries are increasingly introducing a wide variety of styles and flavours to the market. One style in partic... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:00:51
Botecos: Like going for a beer in your bathroom Origins The word boteco (or botequim /butiquim) is derived from the Portuguese word botica (bodega in Spanish), which is itself derived from the the Greek word Apotheke – meaning a place or store where goods are sold. However, if in Portugal a botica was a place of storage, in Brazil a boteco ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:00:30
Brazilian Beer of the Week: Göttlich Divina (Pilsen Extra com Guaraná) Whilst the majority of Brazilian Pilseners, which make up 98% of the Brazilian beer market, can be dismissed as bland and watery, there are an increasing number of microbrews offering something a little different. One of them is brewed by Göttlich Divina and it is this week’s Brazilian Beer of... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:00:37