Monthly Archives: March 2012

Originally posted on Falar Ler Entender:
Today I’m taking some time to work on the Falar component of my language mission to learn Brazilian Portuguese, working on my pronunciation of vowel sounds especially. time to learn to speak! First: My…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 89: Native Tongue

So I’ve finally admitted to myself that I’m not going to be learning Portuguese on my own any time soon and I’ve arranged to have an instructor come to my apartment once a week to help me. (Going to yoga … Continue reading

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Why Mulheres Ricas will never be great…

Mulheres Ricas just doesn’t have personalities that are as much fun to mock as Bravo TV has…

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Originally posted on Brazil Weekly:
ECONOMY Brazil’s jobless rate climbed to 5.7 percent in February but still marked a historic low for the month, the government’s statistics agency IBGE said (Reuters). Employment and production statistics indicate a significant slump in…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 88: Nanny Battle 2

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I know. Silly that two days worth of Brazilian experience would involve fighting about a nanny. I agree. But this is all about cultural immersion. Right? The fighting is really one sided, meaning I’m not fighting, I’m just laughing. But … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 87: Nanny Battle

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I think I mentioned that we now share a nanny with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law (see Ahhh Baba!). We have her Wed-Fri night and they have her for the weekend.  Knowing what I know about the characters involved, I foresaw … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 86: Estreia da Novela

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So here is a Brazilian first for me and a contribution to my challenge of doing something Brazilian every day, all leap year long. Tonight I watched the estreia, or premiere, of the new Globo 9-o-clock novela Avenida Brasil. All … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 85: HDs for BKFST

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Even the finer dining establishments, like Restaurante Oscar at the Brasília Palace (where we stayed in Brasília) offer it on their breakfast buffet. It being hot dogs. Yes, hot dogs pure and simple. Not breakfast sausage. Hot dogs. I’d seen … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 84: Brasília

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As any good Brazilian should, today we will make a pilgrimage to the country’s capital – Brasília. I’m very interested to see the capital city as I lived in my own country’s capital for a couple years. What’s unique about … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 83: Boteco do Bairro

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Tonight we did something very Brazilian… that is, Brazilian for the 20-something/50-something crowds. We stood outside the neighborhood boteco and drank a beer. This was a great scene for people watching and certainly for observing the mating rituals of the … Continue reading

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Update – Brazilian Challenge Day 82: Mercearia

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A mercearia is a small grocery store, one you would most likely find in a small town and perhaps the only place to buy a variety of items. Yesterday, we went to the evolution of one of these mercearias – … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 81: I got a job! – Part 2

Thanks to everyone for all the comments on the fact that I now have something a bit more intellectual on my plate! I’d rather not identify the actual school as I may get some good stories out of the experience. … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 81: I got a job!

Yep, like many Brazilians, today I will work (for the first time) in Brazil. It’s not a full-time job, just one night a week, but it’s a start. I’ll be teaching a graduate business course at a university in Sao … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 80: Mandioca Frita

So today, for Day 80 of my challenge, I decided to take on another Brazilian culinary adventure. One that involved the mandioca root. While the process is something I watched our old housekeeper do, and seemed pretty simple, I still … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 79: Kuat!

Yes, yet another Guarana soda. This one is from the makers of Coca Cola. It has the mildest flavor do date, nothing really impressive about it. Not surprised the company jumped in the game, but I’m guessing their real expertise … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 78: Banana Taste Test

Apologies, I’ve been behind on posting my daily challenges due to preparing for my challenge on Day 81. I’m planning on catching up today. So on Day 78, I decided to learn a bit more about the elusive banana. In … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 77: Late

While I have come to terms with being appropriately late for the Brazilian birthday party, I still have issue with other events. Of course, sometimes you just can’t help it. However, yesterday we were invited to a barbecue at a … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 76: Baby Food

On day 76, I indulged in the unthinkable. I allowed our baba to spoon-feed my daughter at every meal. My daughter was never a good eater. The child would request ice as a snack. So my husband and I spent … Continue reading

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Originally posted on sketched out:
LEPRE-CON MAN Repeating a little silliness from last year, since I was too lazy to do a new one. Ah fer shame! Happy St. Paddy’s day to yis all!

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Brazilian Challenge Day 75: Ahhh Baba

So now we have someone who sleeps at our place a few nights a week to help take care of Sophia (and the entire apartment it turns out). And boy is it nice. We actually had her sleeping over on … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 74: Restaurante Churrasco

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As a new foreigner, one of the first questions the locals will ask you is if you’d been to a restaurante churrasco, or more commonly known as a Churrascaria. When you answer in the negative, you will receive a shake … Continue reading

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Originally posted on ramialhames:
Brazilian baianas According to Fabiana Frayssinet’s report to IPS, Brazilian Women Are the World’s Happiest The study by the social policies centre of the independent Getulio Vargas Foundation says that on a scale of one to…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 73: Guaraná Cruzeiro

Now I’m on a soda kick! When I saw this at the store, I couldn’t resist. The bottle claims itself a “edição especial” and that the company has been around since 1948. This one tastes like a creme soda to … Continue reading

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Holy Egg Mania

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One of my daughter’s favorite treats is a Kinder Ovo. It’s a chocolate egg shell with a toy surprise inside. Apparently these little numbers are banned in the U.S., I’m assuming because the U.S. FDA anticipates that a child will … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 72: Pao de Mel

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Pao de Mel is everywhere. It’s like Panettone at Christmas, only it is around every day. While the name might indicate it is “honey bread,” it is actually a very dense cake, probably made with honey, covered in chocolate. You’ll … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 71: The Wedding

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Yesterday, day 71 of my Brazilian Challenge, we attended a wedding. This was the first wedding, outside of my own and my brother-in-law’s, that I’ve been to in Brazil, definitely the only wedding since we’ve moved. One of the cultural … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 70: Infantil Buffet Birthday

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Sure, I’m no stranger to the Brazilian birthday party. I’ve documented my experiences and even hosted a couple of my own. But as on Day 70 of my challenge, I attended my first true Brazilian birthday party of the year, … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 69: The Play

Last night, Day 69, we went to go see a play performed by Brazilians. This was my very first play in Brazil and I was quite excited. The performance was Festim Diabólico, which you may know as Hitchcock’s The Rope. … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 68: Claudia

After reading an article about home-schooling in Brazil in the allergist’s office (see Brazilian Challenge Day 46: Allergist), I bought a copy of the magazine – Claudia. Only, I never ripped off the plastic. Until today. I need a new … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 67: Itubaina

At the suggestion of Mr. Andrew Francis, today I drank Itubaina with my pizza lunch. (A pizza “sem” mayonnaise, sem ketchup and sem olive oil for the record.) The Carrefour offered the soda in two flavors via 2 liter bottle, … Continue reading

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Brazilian Passion

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Today I was standing in line at the Carrefour waiting to purchase my bottles of Itubaina (see Brazilian Challenge Day 67: Itubaina) when an older woman headed toward the end of the line, late 60’s to early 70’s, approached a … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 66: The Mall

People in Sao Paulo love their malls. And with good reason. The city has some of the most luxurious malls I’ve seen. I’m not much of a “maller,” as least not since my suburban high school days during which the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 65: The Maid’s Bed

So how Brazilian am I becoming? We are finally going to have someone sleep in our house. Ok, it is only going to be 2-3 nights a week, and it is for a good reason (one which I will post … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 64: Cerveja in the Sand

I’m not a huge beer fan. But the Brazilians are right, there is nearly nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day at the beach. The Brazilian beers tend to be lighter with less alcohol, so it is … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 63: Beach Bodies

On day 63 of my Brazilian Challenge, I was so very Brazilian. As per Jennifer’s suggestion, I totally sported a Brazilian bikini on Juquehy beach. And with my weight gain, this is much more brave and Brazilian than I was … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 62: Beach Weekend

It is rather common for paulistanos to get in their car on a Friday and head off for the weekend, usually to the beach if it is summer. We are doing this for the first time this weekend. Now that … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 61: Brazilian Giselle Dream

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So today I took my daughter to a modeling agency. In exchange for a can of dried milk for the orphans (or for their coffee, who knows) they took some test shots of her and told me they would get … Continue reading

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For Sao Paulo Yoga Fans and the Yoga Curious

So I found a Braziliant new yoga studio! This, in addition to the acupuncture and unclouded awareness of my current state, should help me shed all those pounds I loaded on my first 18 months in Sao Paulo. I took … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 60: Traffic

I’m lucky. I don’t have a set schedule. I come and go pretty much as I please. Anything that is part of my routine is in walking distance. So I do everything I can to avoid the notorious Sao Paulo … Continue reading

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