Upping the Ante!

As many of you have caught on, I’ve committed myself this year to doing something Brazilian every, single day, each of the 366 days of this leap year, in order to connect better with the culture that surrounds me.

However, at the end of this week, my daughter and I will be traveling to the U.S.  For SIX weeks. I’m not giving up the dream, but instead will find myself extra challenged at finding something Brazilian to do every, darn day outside of Brazil! I’ll need your support people, for this isn’t going to be easy. But I’m ready to take it on.

So if you have any suggestion of what Brazilian things I can do, specifically in Chicago, and hopefully also in New York and Los Angeles, please pass it on.

Wish me luck!!!

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30 Responses to Upping the Ante!

  1. Melissa says:

    My husband and I were just taking about Brazilian things in Chicago. His Brazilian coworker asked my husband (who used to live in Chicago) about the Brazilian community there since he is taking a four month leave of absence to study English in Chicago. We found this resource for him that might also help you out: http://brazilchicago.com/

    My daughters and I are also leaving for the US for six weeks this Wednesday. We’ll be in Wisconsin (and Target!) mostly, but we plan to spend some time in Chicago. I’ll keep my eye out for any American women trying to act Brazilian 😉

    • Thanks! The site is great! Should give me lots of leads. (Ahhhh Target.) Let me know when you make it to Chicago.

      • Melissa says:

        Maybe if our trips are at the same time the next time around we should book the same flight so we can help each other out with the kids! I hate traveling with kids alone. Airplane bathrooms just are built to fit three people, but I’m not about to leave a 2 or 4 year old sitting alone! I’m trying the American Airlines flight out of BH with a connection in Miami this time, but I’ve already decided that I hate AA since they have no interest in getting us three seats together. I’ll be going back to the United flight out of Sao Paulo next time!

  2. Ray says:


    I usually travel to Chicago often, but will be in Mexico and Miami most of the summer in a particular project!!
    But we will definitely meet when we get to Sao Paulo, hopefuly soon.
    Meanwhile we will think of Brazilian things you can do in the US! 😉

    Abracos e boa viagem


  3. Peg says:

    Get a manicure and compare between American and Brazilian, get waxed, get a Brazilian blow out (for your hair), eat at Brazilian restaurants, try to make Brazilian meals and snacks with American ingredients, find a bar that serves caipirinhas, take the bus, go to a public pool and wear your Brazilian bikini, hire a Brazilian nanny for a day, take the avocado out of your salad and eat it with sugar (in public) just to freak people out, tell everyone you see who has a small child to put some socks on him for god’s sake! Go to the beach, have a churrasco style bbq at home (or a friend’s house) that lasts for 8 hours, be late for EVERYTHING, kiss everyone on their cheeks and see what they do, cut to the front of the line everywhere, drive like a drunken mad woman, samba, rent movies to watch in Portuguese, shop a LOT, eat a LOT of meat, rice and beans, speak Portuguese with your daughter everywhere…

    And have a great time. Can’t wait to read about it!

  4. Sarah says:

    Ha! Those suggestions might get you arrested (e.g. drive like a Brazilian!), but sound like fun! Here’s another website that might have ideas for upcoming activities:
    Have fun!

  5. Andrew Francis says:

    Just buy lots of stuff and take it back to Brazil without getting caught by customs. 🙂

    If you run out of ideas (or money) just spread out your purchases to one a day. Challenge day 181: Bought pencil with Mickey Mouse eraser. Challenge Day 182: Bought pen shaped like Empire State Building. Challenge Day 183: Bought pencil sharpener with “I heart NY”… You might have a small dip in readership, but nothing to worry about. Now, if you happen to have a large budget, Brazilians like to buy real estate in Miami…

  6. Stephanie says:

    Peg’s list is hysterical!! Have a great trip!

  7. toemailer says:

    We would love to post that picture at toemail if you do not mind? http://toemail.wordpress.com

  8. Karina says:

    Peg’s list is the best :).
    What if you try to do something that is really known to be Chicago thing and, on the same day, a really Brazilian thing, with the same people around you and compare?

    Have a great time and a safe trip. Please, eat a Mrs Fields chocolate fudge brownie :).

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  10. toemailer says:

    It’s posted now. Thanks a lot, we really appreciate it!

  11. Samia says:

    I’d totally go to Fogo de Chao. It’s expensive but not as expensive as it’s in Brazil. The irony. And stock up on some Brazilian goods and eat coxinhas at Brazil Legal on N Western Ave.

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  14. galegainrio says:

    Just found your blog. Just moved to Rio and see that you are in my old stomping ground. Brazil in Chicago shows movies and usually holds a São João party that is open to everyone. Take a trip up to Metropolis for a cup of coffee. I took Portuguese lessons in Chicago with the owner Jeff and he travels quite often to Brazil to get coffee.

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