Monthly Archives: February 2012

Brazilian Challenge Day 59: MASP

Thanks to the suggestion of Val Marchiori of Mulheres Ricas, to advance my Brazilian transformation I went to Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo. The history of this museum is almost as interesting as the art it holds. The modern structure … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 58: Senhor

Today, to be a bit more Brazilian,  I addressed my acupuncturist as “Senhor.” I did it twice, once on the way in and once on the way out. While I’ve heard it a bunch here, I don’t know if I … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 57: Sao Paulo Pizza

After the controversy Day 55 entry caused (see Pizza Brazil Style), I thought it necessary to visit the other side. So tonight we had Sao Paulo style pizza, complete… complete with olive oil. We ordered the pizza from one of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 56: Tropa de Elite 2

My husband has been wanting to rent Tropa de Elite 2, or Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a movie about the drug industry in Rio and corrupt politics. I, on the other hand, am not into violent action movies. However, … Continue reading

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Originally posted on born again brazilian:
Carnaval has come and gone (well, I think this morning it is lingering until 12N). I’ve documented my mild carnaval experience in the mountains. But how was the carnaval experience for fellow Brazil bloggers…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 55: Pizza Brazil Style

Correction: Pizza Brazil Style… except for Sao Paulo. As per Meredith’s suggestion, tonight I indulged in pizza with a dash of ketchup and a smattering of mayo. Apparently, such a dish brings back fond memories for my husband of sitting … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Brazil Weekly:
ECONOMY Slow profit growth is prompting Brazilian commodities companies to slash capital spending plans, making growth in Latin America’s largest economy even more dependent on consumer spending (Reuters). Brazil’s currency fell for the first day…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 54: Pitaya

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So my Brazilian accomplishment of the day is that I ate a pitaya fruit for dessert. Eating fruit for dessert on its own is a Brazilian thing, from where I’m from. If I told my daughter that I was about … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 53: Pico Do Jaragua

I continue to be amazed at the national parks in Brazil. So far, every one I’ve seen has had well maintained facilities and fabulous hikes. Today, with a bunch of other Brazilians and some Peruvians, we went to Parque Estadual … Continue reading

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Carnaval Recap

Carnaval has come and gone (well, I think this morning it is lingering until 12N). I’ve documented my mild carnaval experience in the mountains. But how was the carnaval experience for fellow Brazil bloggers in other areas? Let’s take a … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 52: I Drove!

Yep. I drove in between Rio and Sao Paulo. We left the mountains midday today to avoid carnaval traffic and I took the wheel outside the city. It was very helpful to have the GPS I got my husband for … Continue reading

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Originally posted on The Displaced Nation:
Those who have been following this blog for some time are probably all too aware of my unhealthy preoccupation as to what constitutes an expat or travel book. Is it, as often seems the…

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Originally posted on a closer listen:
When the only complaint one has about a project is, “I want more!”, it’s a very good sign.  Everything about L.A.’s Dúo del Sol (Uruguayan violinist Javier Orman and Chicago guitarist Tom Farrell) is endearing,…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 51: Anti-Carnaval

With all the dancing, singing and Brazilian bling, you’d think that everyone in the country would be all over the carnaval festivities. But no. Apparently black is the new white. It is much more in fashion now to AVOID carnaval … Continue reading

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You Know You Are In a Catholic Country When…

Random places of worship… We were walking along a residential road in Petropolis when we came across this: You’ve got to be very devote to interact with these pews. See also: Rio Grande do Sul Sao Paulo Zoo  

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Fuel Efficiency

In Brazil, many cars run on gas. Big whoop! Most of the car in the U.S. and everywhere else are run on gas. No, not gasoline. Natural gas. After a little research, I discovered that there are a handful of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 50: Bday BBQ Brazilian Style

My husband and I both have complicated birthdays. Mine is close to Christmas, his close to Carnaval, so our birthday celebrations normally get thrown into the holiday mix, which has its pros and cons. But this year he is turning … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 49: Carnaval Traffic

For those that don’t know, Carnaval is kind of like Mardi Gras. It is an event with Catholic roots, held forty-six days before Easter. Like Mardi Gras, it’s purpose is to get out all those nasty, sinny needs, like food … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 48: Yoga and Brazilian Clothes

Today was another double Brazilian day! First, I went to a yoga class in my neighborhood. It’s funny, in my past life, going to a new class for yoga or Pilates or cooking… anything really, would always surface some anxieties. … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 47: Meat

At the suggestion of Danielle, today I learned how to buy meat. Actually, Danielle suggested learning how to buy fresh meat cut from the butcher. I thought I’d start slow and buy meat from the grocery store (butcher will be … Continue reading

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Originally posted on The Displaced Nation:
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois USA Geographical history: USA (Chicago, Illinois; West Palm Beach, Florida; Ventura, California; Washington, DC): 1969 – 2002; Spain (Barcelona): 2001; USA (Princeton, New Jersey; New York, New York): 2002-10;…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 46: Allergist

My health insurance card is burning a hole in my pocket this year people. I don’t remember “allergist” ever being offered on any insurance plan that I ever had (but neither was homeopathic and that’s something I’m going to try … Continue reading

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BC Day 45: Spreading the Brazilian Birthday Party Love

Today, as a good Brazilian, I spread the Brazilian birthday party love to my Argentine friend. Ok, to be fair, she had a good amount of it down. But I did rearrange brigadeiro so that the prettiest ones were in … Continue reading

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Originally posted on O Jeito Brasileiro:
I am sadly let down when it comes to restaurants in Brasil.  I’m sure they exist, like Avenida Paulista I’m sure has some great ones.  But I’m not in the “city” even though I’m…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 44: Acupuntura

Ok. Technically acupuncture isn’t Brazilian. But acupuncture in Portuguese is. Since the acupuncturist I went to was a medical doctor, I was kind of hoping he would speak English. A lot of the doctors in Sao Paulo speak some English. … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 43: Brigadeirao

As some of you may recall, I’m not a fan of the brigadeiro, a sweet that will appear at any given birthday party in Brazil without fail. But here is a trick – take away the ending of most Portuguese … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Que Saudades!:
Goal of the Week: Register car.  Sound easy?  It’s not.  The husband’s company refuses to help us (it’s not in our contract!)  HR casually provided us two locations, both of which were WRONG.  Fail. Transportation…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 42: Brás, Ternos and Wipers

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Someone at work gave my husband a tip on where to buy good suits at a good price. This brought back memories of the guys that would stand on the street corners in Manhattan passing out flyers about great prices … Continue reading

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Dear Producers of Mulheres Ricas…

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Dear Producers of Mulheres Ricas, I’ll be honest with you. I’m growing quite tired of your show. It’s just a bit, well, boring. Sure there are some hilarious elements to the program. But the humor is unintentional. For example, episode … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 41: A Three Shower Day

As many of my fellow Brazil bloggers and readers suggested, a true Brazilian showers at least twice a day. When I first met my husband he did this, he showered twice a day – once in the morning and once … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 40: The Novela

Tonight I sat through an entire hour of the novella “Aquele Beijo.” For those that don’t know, the Brazilian novela is something similar to the American soap opera, but it plays in the evening (usually there are two or three … Continue reading

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This is a post from The Nahmias Cipher Report. The photography of the Brazilian artist the blog is highlighting, Gabriel Wickbold, is so hauntingly beautiful that I though I would reblog the post.

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Brazilian Challenge Day 39: Microwave Meal

I’ve never been a fan of the microwave. Just never trusted it. In the U.S., I certainly never microwaved anything that would go into the mouth of my child and got angry when my Brazilian husband did. I was also … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 38: Passive Aggression

Brazilians are notoriously passive aggressive. I’m sorry Brazilian friends, family and readers… you are. You may not recognize it because you all are – it’s like sea urchins not noticing how they are all underwater. But throw a submarine into … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 37: Rua 25 de Março

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As suggested by Mulheres Ricas’ Brunete Fraccaroli, today I shopped on the Rua 25 de Março. But not for cheap toys for the orphans. For birthday party supplies. Yes, it is birthday party season again! So I went with a friend … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 36: Parque Regional da Crianca e Liberdade

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I get double points for being Brazilian today! First, we went to a lovely birthday picnic (reminiscent of my home continent) in Parque Regional da Crianca in Santo Andre. This is a park that is great for the day. It’s … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 35: Bloco Attempt #1

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In order to embrace the Brazilian Carnaval culture, we decided to go to a bloco. A bloco is a kind of street carnival dedicated to Carnaval and there are a number that occur pre-carnaval in Sao Paulo. The idea is … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 34: Brazilian Pilates

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My challenge for the day was to go to a pilates class… with a Portuguese-only speaking instructor. I’ll admit, it was a bit scary. Not as scary as, say, going to a gynecologist or acupuncturist that speaks only Portuguese. But … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 33: The Drop Off

In the U.S., when I brought my daughter to “school,” I always went into the building, gave her hugs and kisses and made sure to see her off onto her class or classroom. Brazilian educators don’t like this much. They … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 32: ATM Payment

Today, I paid my daughter’s school bill at the ATM. I did. Here in Brazil, the system for payments is a bit different. In the U.S., for something like school tuition, you would simply hand in or mail in a … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge: Month 1

I made it through month one! After realizing that a year and a half into my Brazilian journey I was mostly still All-American, I challenged myself to make an effort to do something Brazilian every day for 366 days. So, … Continue reading

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