Monthly Archives: May 2012

Day 148: Fazendinha

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On Sunday, Day 148, I had a lot to do. So I sent my husband and daughter off to the Fazendinha for the day. Ok, so I didn’t actually participate in this particular event, but I’m calling the act of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 147: Saturday Nanny

As I’ve mentioned, we now have a babá (nanny) who arrives on Wednesday afternoons and leaves (earlier than we’d like thanks to the SIL) on Saturday mornings. She is my SIL & BIL’s weekend nanny. We have her mainly because … Continue reading

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Day 146: Group tour

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I know I’ve already posted about the Museu Afro Brasil (see Day 106), but on Friday, Day 146 of my challenge to indulge in all that is Brazilian, I went as part of a group with a tour guide. Yes, … Continue reading

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Day 145: Leitão á Pururuca

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Aye, aye, aye, as the Brazilians say. I’m soooo behind on posting. I’ll keep it to two a day until I catch up so that no one gets too annoyed (especially the email subscribers…) On Day 145 of my drive … Continue reading

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Sou permanente!

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Yep, as of yesterday, May 24, 2012 I am a permanent resident of Brazil. And it only took 678 days. That’s 664 more days than the lawyers told us it would take. Not sure how permanente my permanent visa is … Continue reading

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Day 144: Metro Strike

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For more photos of today’s traffic in Sao Paulo, go here. Today was my first metro (subway) strike in Sao Paulo. Well, the first one that I noticed. Not only did I get stuck in a cab for a ridiculously long … Continue reading

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Day 143: Mortadela

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In response to the Day 133 Café da Manhã post, Ray mentioned a meat product that was unfamiliar to me – Mortadela. So I thought I would try some for lunch yesterday – Day 143 of my challenge to be more … Continue reading

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Day 142: Nhá Benta

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It’s hard to come by a Brazilian who doesn’t sigh with childhood nostalgia at the mention of Nhá Benta. A marshmallow fluff bullet “grande” covered in high quality chocolate, this sweet delight is made by Kopenhagen, a Brazilian candy favorite. … Continue reading

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Day 141: Cunha

Cunha is a city about 3 hours outside of Sao Paulo. It’s known for its ceramics and is located in a lovely spattering of mountain tops. The land surrounding Cunha is breathtaking. The city itself is… somewhat unremarkable. But travelers … Continue reading

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Update: Doce de Abóbora is Delicious

Well, Andrew Francis and Eri were right. A good batch of doce de abóbora is quite delicious. On Day 132, I must of just had a nasty batch of this pumpkin/squash dessert. Because the Hotel Fazenda we stayed at this weekend … Continue reading

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Day 140: Hotel Fazenda Experience!

Saturday, Day 140 of my indulging in all that is Brazil, we spent the entire day of our weekend at the Hotel Fazenda. I think the best way to describe this fabulous experience at Hotel Fazenda São Francisco outside Cunha, … Continue reading

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Day 139: Fazenda!

We are off for a long weekend at a fazenda! A fazenda is a farm turned hotel/resort. It’s mostly focused on family/kid activities and this is our first time going to one. We hope there is some horseback riding and … Continue reading

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Day 138: Yakult

Sure, this macrobiotic milk drink is made in Japan. And apparently it is available in the U.S., though I’d never seen it. But the reason I tried it yesterday, Day 138 of my Brazilian experiment, is because my student told … Continue reading

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Day 137: Online Analysis

Remember those exams I had to take (see The Exams)? Well, not only did they deliver the result to my house, but early on Day 137, I was able to access the results online! Brazilian medical service is so cool! … Continue reading

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Day 136: The Goody Bag

Like many Brazilians, and most expats, I asked some friends me some stuff from the U.S. when visiting. And on Day 136 – I received it! And more! As I mentioned many times, imported items in Brazil are ridiculously expensive. … Continue reading

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Day 135: Ironing

I used to go through the laundry and pull out the stuff that just didn’t need to be ironed. Wash cloths, underwear, socks, pajamas… On Day 135, I just gave up. If the person that helps us wants to iron … Continue reading

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Day 134: Bixiga & Língua

Sunday, day 134 of my Brazilian immersion experiment, was a doubly Brazilliant day! First, (as requested by Stephanie ) we went to Bixiga (or Bexiga or Bela Vista depending on how you feel), a neighborhood which was home to a … Continue reading

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Day 133: Café da Manhã

Saturday morning, day 133 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, we had a real café da manhã – Brazilian breakfast. First, let’s talk about a classic American breakfast, just for comparison sake. A stereotypical American breakfast, straight from the … Continue reading

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Day 132: Snacks

Today for a playdate, I decided to bring some weird interesting Brazilians snacks to share, just like a Brazilian. Ok, maybe a Brazilian wouldn’t show up with this stuff, but let’s go with it… here is what was on the … Continue reading

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Day 131: Mandiopã

When I saw this at the grocery store, I just couldn’t resist what I’m guessing is a very Brazilian snack. The marketing on the box was also quite attractive – “Fácil de gazer… gostoso de comer!” “Easy to make… fun … Continue reading

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Day 130: The Exams

So Wednesday, Day 130 of my emersion into all that is Brazilian, I did all 23 exams that the gyno order for me. The system here is a bit different than the U.S. Many of these types of exams will … Continue reading

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Day 129: Mônica

Sorry, I’m a bit behind in writing, so you’ll probably get two or three of my daily efforts today. On Day 129, my daughter and I were exposed to something very Brazilian… Turma da Monica. Turma da Monica is a … Continue reading

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Day 128: The Kilo

On Day 128, I hit a kilo for lunch. A kilo restaurant is like a buffet, but instead of paying one all-you-can-eat price, they weigh your food and charge you accordingly. Sure, I’d come across a kilo or two in … Continue reading

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Day 127: Museu do Futebol

Today, day 127 of my efforts to be more Brazilian, I decided to immerse myself in one of Brazil’s favorite past times – Futebol. The Museu de Futebol is located inside the Paulo Machado de Carvalho stadium in Praça Charles Miller. … Continue reading

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Day 126: Pavê

Today, Day 126 in my attempt to immerse myself in my new culture, I made a pavê – a Brazilian dessert that kind of resembles a tiramisu. Since this was going to involve a number of different elements, I had … Continue reading

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Day 125: Delivery Service

Day 125 I took advantage of having someone in the apartment to assist me in my scattered day. I sent our babá/housekeeper to the grocery store four different times to collect items I’d forgotten. I’d never consider doing this before, … Continue reading

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Day 124: Brazilian Cinema

Last night, Day 124 of my challenge to do more that is Brazilian, I went to my first Brazilian film in a theater in Brazil. We saw Xingu, a fabulous film about the three activist brothers, Claudio, Leonardo & Orlando … Continue reading

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Day 123: Fruta do Conde

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Yes, another ugly but delicious fruit. The fruta do conde is another produce that is seasonal, so when you see it, you really should snap it up. Although it is quite expensive – this one cost me R$5.50. But sometimes, … Continue reading

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Day 122: Pressure Cooker and Pinhão

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Just thought this was really funny – my daughter received a toy kitchen set and it came with… that’s right, a pressure cooker. I’m pretty sure they don’t come with pressure cookers in the U.S. Well, on Day 122 I … Continue reading

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Day 121: Tang Goiaba

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Anyone out there in the U.S. remember Tang? An orange “flavored” drink that used to come in a plastic canister? The one that NASA developed? I love that Tang tastes “orangy.” Is it even sold in the U.S. anymore? Well guess … Continue reading

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Day 120: Webjet

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I’m guessing I don’t stand alone when I say that in the U.S., I preferred the low cost airlines by a wide margin. Not only do companies like JetBlue and Southwest Airlines offer a better customer experience and cost less, but they … Continue reading

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