Monthly Archives: August 2011

I took the subway!

Very exciting. Yesterday I took the subway (with my Brazilian sister-in-law as a guide). I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. It was very orderly and quite familiar – I often took the subway in New York City (as well … Continue reading

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More Creepiness

  I kid you not. Not only did one of my daughter’s creepy Brazilian baby dolls (one that talks – creepy) just say her name, followed by “mae mae,” but our phone rang and the doll said “Ola.” If I … Continue reading

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First Portrait of Daddy

He actually does have arms and a torso, but the first (crappy Brazilian-made) marker ran out.

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Update: The Expat Shopping List

A couple weeks ago I put together some advice for the soon-to-be-expat coming to Brazil. The advice was in the form of a list of items that will be in my suitcase on the trip back to Brazil from the … Continue reading

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A Trip to Remember in RJ and MG

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If you have a couple weeks to kill and want to get a real feel for the diversity of this southeast region in Brazil, I highly recommend the Rio – Tiradentes – Ouro Preto – Petropolis – Penedo route. Continue reading

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Beer Experience

My husband and I attended Beer Experience 2011 on Saturday at a convention center/mall in Sao Paulo. The tickets were a bit pricey, R$40 per person, but the restaurant that sold it to us said there were tastings, etc. and … Continue reading

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Story Time Trauma

Today we took our daughter to the local bookstore for story time. A team of (I can only guess) aspiring actresses executed a highly interactive telling of… Macbeth. Yes, the tragedy that William Shakespeare wrote. Of all the children’s stories … Continue reading

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For the Brazilian Going to the U.S. – American Football

Though there are certainly more Americans coming to Brazil with the way the world economy is, if you are a Brazilian relocating to the U.S. or if you are an American fed up with Brazil and plan on dragging your … Continue reading

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What’s In Your Purse?

Can’t sleep, so I decided to clean out my purse. I’m not very good at keeping up with this, but I did clean out my purse(s) a few weeks ago, and yet somehow, it fills up again quickly. I’m guessing … Continue reading

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Misdirected

Everyone once in awhile I like to peruse the various search engine terms that lead people to my site. Some of terms are quite interesting and I expect that with many, my blog would fall into the “disappointing result” category: … Continue reading

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Some Brazilian Music for Your Sunday

Here is some Brazilian music for your Sunday – Chega de Saudade…

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Warning: Smoking Will Scare You

Apparently, the tobacco lobbyists in Brazil don’t have the same power as they do in the U.S. Yes, this is what you think it is. A cigarette ad, complete with the Brazilian version of a Surgeon General’s warning, plus a … Continue reading

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Postal Shortage

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A funny thing happened the other day at the post office… They didn’t have any stamps. “OMG,” I thought. “Was there an inflation crisis that I missed? Has the current national inventory of stamps lost all of its value?” No, … Continue reading

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The Art of the Buy

It seems in Brazil, if you buy anything of reasonable value, it is a dance. The process goes something like this (translated from Portuguese): You: How much is this lamp? Vendor: Two hundred and fifty reis (R$250). A moment later… … Continue reading

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Hot in the City

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Tonight as I was pulling together a most excellent Thai peanut sauce, I recalled a great way to spend an evening in New York City, and one you might not think of. For the price of a night on the … Continue reading

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For the Soon to be Expat – Shopping List

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Next month, we are traveling back to the U.S. for a visit. I was reviewing my list of future U.S. purchases with my Brazilian sister-in-law today. It dawned on me that product availability and price points are important categories of … Continue reading

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Update: Maidless

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  (Update to original post: Maidless) A few days after our maid quit, only a couple days after we’d paid her out her vacation, future X-mas bonus, etc, she called to ask for her job back. Now, if this were … Continue reading

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Respect the Pedestrian

Exciting news! There seems to be some campaign in place to stop people from getting hit by cars. The crosswalks on Av. Nove de Julho are now populated with people holding the above banners. When it’s time for pedestrians to … Continue reading

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More Creepy Baby Dolls

Are actual babies really this ugly? Now that I’m a mother, do I just have some maternal chemical imbalance that makes me believe real babies are far more attractive than their replicas? For even more creepy baby dolls, see posts … Continue reading

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Police Protection

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So I was taking my morning walk through Trianon park when I came across this: ?! Imagine my surprise. I asked an officer standing off to the side if I could take a picture (which is exactly what you do … Continue reading

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