Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Although a little later that usual, I am proud to bring you the Abroad Blog of the Week! I found Born Again Brazilian about a month ago and since then have been fascinated with…

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10 Tips for Surviving Sao Paulo

Now that I’ve passed the two-year mark of life in Sao Paulo, I feel I’m qualified to dole out a bit of advice. The following are my top ten ways to survive expat life in the big SP. Embrace the … Continue reading

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Another Week of Brazilian in Chicago

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Aye, aye, aye. All the distractions in Chicago. Instead of releasing a flock of posts I’ve decided to just recap my week of being Brazilian in Chicago: Day 197: Mani Pedi Maintenance   On Day 197 of my challenge to … Continue reading

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What you get for the money. (for more Born Again Brazilian, go to http://www.bornagainbrazilian.com) I’ve been asked if living in Sao Paulo is cheaper than the US.  This is a difficult question because some…

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Through the looking glass. (for more Born Again Brazilian, go to http://www.bornagainbrazilian.com) I’m in Sao Paulo for just a couple weeks to start the process of organizing our new life. On the plane ride…

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Happy Second Braziliversary to Me!

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Today marks the seconds year of holding residence in Sao Paulo. Even though I’m not there at the moment, I still plan on celebrating by indulging in another Brazilian movie or perhaps listening to some Samba. So far, the road … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 196: VIP Theater (Magic Mike)

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On day 196 of my Brazilian challenge, I was able to indulge in one of my favorite Sao Paulo pastimes – going to see a film at the VIP Theater. Who knew this concept had arrived in the States! There … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 195: Bye Bye Brazil

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On Day 195 of my challenge to continuously immerse myself in all that is Brazilian, I took in a Brazilian movie from 1980 – Bye Bye Brazil. If you are one of those people who at one point in time … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 194: Sushi Samba

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Sticking with the food & beverage theme, Day 194 of my plight to be more Brazilian, we had dinner at Sushi Samba. Sushi is big in Sao Paulo. There is a traditional restaurant service called “rodizio” which you’ll find at … Continue reading

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History of Brazilians in Chicago

Here is an article posted by the Chicago Historical Society about the history of Brazilians in Chicago: http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1542.html The population of Brazilians in this city has always been rather small, which is why they never developed their own neighborhood like … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 193: Carnivale

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It was time to get back to some Brazilian cocktails. So on Day 193 of my challenge to keep up my Brazilianess while in Chicago, we went to Carnivale. It is located on Fulton Market in an up-and-coming trendy area … Continue reading

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Day 192: Birthday Party Planning

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No, my daughter is not going to have another birthday party extravaganza this year. But yes, I’ve started planning four months in advance. There is definitely now some Brazilian stuck in me when it comes to birthdays. It’s not my … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Brazil Weekly:
ECONOMY Brazil’s economy stalled in May from the prior month but topped pessimistic market forecasts, official data showed, signaling that the world’s No. 6 economy could be on even footing to resume growth in coming…

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Brazilian Challenge Day 191: Mist of the Earth

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Day 191 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, Chicago edition, I was able to admire the works of a Brazilian artist. Denise Milan, a multidisciplinary artist, ecological and art education activist, and Sao Paulo native, currently has an exhibit … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 190: Navy Pier

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Day 190 of my Brazilian Challenge, Chicago edition, I took my daughter to a tourist attraction in my own home town – Navy Pier. For those of you who might have missed out on this city in the last 10 … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 189: Kinder Eggs

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On Day 189 of my challenge to now continue my Brazilian quest while on a trip to Chicago, I passed out the kids’ favorite treat. Yep, the Kinder Surprise eggs. Despite their rather dangerous reputation, and their U.S. ban, the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 188: Three Shower Day!

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Yes, Chicago has been HOT! I mean, over a 100 degrees and at one point, the humidity was up in the 90%. On Day 188, I did something very Brazilian and took three showers in one day. Yep, one in … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 187: Prohibited Picnic

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Ok. Once again I am waaaaaay behind. I blame it on all the great U.S. distractions, like Bravo TV and Trader Joe’s. On Day 187 of my challenge to maintain my run of Brazilianess, Chicago edition, I let my Brazilian … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 186: Cap and Capture

Day 186 of my Brazilian Challenge I bought my first touristy item – a souvenir cap. Cute right? So with my city cap on my head and a camera around my neck, I captured some images of downtown Chicago like … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 185: Cultural Crossroads

Day 185 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, Chicago edition, was our country’s national holiday, the 4th of July. On this day, Americans act much like the Brazilians do on their holidays. We barbecue with family and friends. So … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 184: Caipi- what?

One of the many things Brazil is famous for is the caipirinha. In it’s purest form, the drink consists of crushed lime wedges, cachaça – a liquor made from fermented sugarcane – and sugar.  In most places, you have the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 183: The Apple Store

No self-respecting Brazilian would miss an opportunity to hit the Apple Store while in the States. And that is just what we did on Day 182 – and not just to get my laptop fixed.

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Brazilian Challenge Day 182: Miolo

After a fun-filled, action-packed long weekend in Hoopeston, IL, I yanked open a bottle of the Brazilian red I had lugged with me to the States. Miolo is a famous wine maker in the Vale dos Vinhedo of the Rio Grande … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 181: Brazilian BBQ Central Style

Day 181 of my efforts to keep up my challenge, despite being back in America for a bout, we did a Brazilian barbecue central Illinois, small town style. Hot dogs, hamburgers and some local brats and pork patties were on … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 180: Caipirinhas by the Pool

I know, I’m waaaaaay behind in posting. I blame it on a period with no internet connection and a trip back to the Genius Bar at the Apple store for my laptop. On day 180, I entered the Central Illinois … Continue reading

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