In Brazil, there are these mini buses that take kids to school and back home. (Update: as reader João Deiró pointed out in the comments, these buses are actually run by private companies. But is it too much to ask … Continue reading
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Tagged American, brazil, children, crime, culture, driving in Brazil, expat, expatriate, life, perua, perua escolar, sao paulo, student dangers
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Last week we discussed avoid crime while driving, parking or using a car. But what if you decide not to drive (because we scared you so much…)? Like any city, you have options for getting across town other than hoofing it. Continue reading
Tagged American, brazil, bus, crime avoidance, culture, expat, expatriate, life, metro, public transportation, safety, sao paulo, subway, taxis, travel
Yesterday I wrote about crime in São Paulo. A mention of the protests that are happening here quickly shifted the discussion. This morning I came across the following important video on Facebook. I’ll be the first to admit ignorance when … Continue reading
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Definition of EXBRAT: 1. A foreigner living in a “developing” country, spoiled by the conveniences of previous homes 2. An expatriate who refuses to understand the language or culture, but instead spends his/her time watching television programming from his/her homeland … Continue reading
Posted in Brazilliant, Crazy Adventures, Culture Conflicts, Daily Escapades, Expatriate Info & Advice, Food & Drink, Foreigner Insights, Living in Sao Paulo, Tourist Info, Travel
Tagged advice, American, book, brazil, culture, expat, expatriate, food, humor, life, relocation, sao paulo, shopping, stories, tips, travel, women's issues
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What I often love about São Paulo are the oddities that surround me… A mime crossing guard. Was someone trying to get in the door, or out? It’s a mouse. All of these plaques and … Continue reading
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One of the benefits in moving to a “developing” country is that you can hire household help at a reasonable rate. A few years ago, this was the case in São Paulo. But times are a-chang’in. Recently there has been … Continue reading
Tagged American, babas, brazil, cost of living, culture, empregadas, expat, expatriate, household help, life, maids, minimum wage, nannies, parenting, sao paulo, women's issues
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This week I braved the infamous 25 de Março to do some X-mas shopping. And I took the subway to get there! I’d only been on the subway once before, more than a year ago, with a chaperone. But I … Continue reading