Category Archives: Living in Sao Paulo

Corruption, Criticism and Cupcakes, Today’s Paulista Protests

Today in São Paulo, as in many cities across Brazil, people took to the streets to protest and complain about pretty much everything they could think of – but mostly how government corruption and mismanagement is eroding Brazil’s economy. The … Continue reading

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The Surgery

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First, I would like to acknowledge that it has been an absurdly long time since I have posted. Call it blogger’s block, or just a complete disorientation and disillusionment regarding what is happening these days in Brazil (more to come on … Continue reading

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Five More Great Gifts to Bring from Brazil (Sao Paulo Specifically)

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For more lists and insights into Sao Paulo, see American Exbrat in São Paulo. You’re coming all this way to experience the Brazilian culture and São Paulo scene, naturally you’ll want to return with something special in your suitcase. There are … Continue reading

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Six Assumptions You Shouldn’t Make About Sao Paulo

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Ensuring good experiences is all about managing expectations. If you are soon on your way to São Paulo for World Cup activities, or for any other events, it is important that you don’t make assumptions about what might be here … Continue reading

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What’s A Confederate to Do?

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Last week, we attended the Confederate Festival in Santa Barbara Oeste. I mean, really, how could we not? While I don’t claim any Confederate loyalty, nor do I believe my ancestors were among those that hung around the South, a … Continue reading

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So, they found a sack of body parts in my hood

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One of the things I took comfort in about living in Brazil is that the country didn’t seem to have the kind of twisted, sick criminals that randomly appear in nice, quite neighborhoods in the US. At least none that … Continue reading

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Perua Escolar Perigo

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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So, I drive now…

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Yes, it is true. Some of you may recall that I have spent the past three-and-a-half years avoiding driving in Brazil at all costs. I even let my New York driver’s license expire, rendering it impossible for me to legally … Continue reading

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10 Things I Still Can’t Come to Terms With

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For more lists of 10 and insights into Sao Paulo, see American Exbrat in São Paulo. My daughter and I spent a rather long time in the States for the holidays, about six weeks. It’s funny how as the time goes … Continue reading

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So You Want to Throw A Brazilian Birthday Party?

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One of my distractions during my unplanned blogging sabbatical was yet another event that has proven me a hypocrite. Yes, it was that time of year. Brazilian birthday party time. Shortly after moving to Brazil, I was all but forced into … Continue reading

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Safe in São Paulo – Live!

For those who enjoyed our series on staying safe in São Paulo, and reside in the city, Brazil in My Eyes and I will be taking our show on the road! This Thursday evening, we will deliver dicas on crime-avoidance, … Continue reading

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Safe in São Paulo: Stats & Tatts

As a grand finale to our Safe in São Paulo series, Born Again Brazilian and I are bringing you some of the statistics of crime in São Paulo, as well as Brazil overall, and giving you some tools to find out about crime in your own neighborhood. And just for fun, we’ll show you some of the tattoos that may help identify someone with a criminal background. Continue reading

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Safe in São Paulo: Home Security

Brazil in My Eyes and Born Again Brazilian will be co-hosting a seminar about safety in São Paulo on Thursday, September 26th that will include a Q&A with local security experts. For more information, contact the International Newcomers Club at vpevents@newcomers-sp.com.br. This week’s installment on crime-avoidance in São Paulo focuses on staying safe in and outside your home. Continue reading

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Safe in São Paulo: School Security

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The next installment of the Safe in São Paulo collaboration between Born Again Brazilian and Brazil in My Eyes focuses on school safety. Continue reading

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Safe in São Paulo: Taxis and Public Transportation

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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

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Safe in São Paulo: Car Smarts

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This next installment of the Born Again Brazilian / Brazil In My Eyes series on crime-avoidance in São Paulo focuses on car safety – not driving safely, that’s a whole other series. But how to avoid being involved in a crime while in your car and what to do if you find yourself in trouble. Continue reading

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Safe in São Paulo: Street Smarts

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The following is the next installment of our collaboration (Born Again Brazilian and Brazil in My Eyes) on staying safe in São Paulo. São Paulo is an exciting place to be, but with such a vast and diverse population, you are bound to have a higher percentage of bad guys than other places. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Staying Safe in São Paulo

This post will be the first in a series of guides to staying safe as a business traveler, a tourist or a resident in São Paulo and Brazil. Continue reading

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Podcast with Live in Brazil’s Kevin Porter

Check out my podcast with Kevin Porter from “Live in Brazil.” We discussed life in Brazil and what it means to be an “exbrat.” http://www.liveinbrazil.org/lib-10-why-you-should-move-to-sao-paulo-with-maggie-foxhole/ Kevin has inspired me to possibly start podcasting. Thoughts?

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How to Do a Burrito in São Paulo

When we were kids, my sister and I used our allowance to buy giant chocolate Easter bunnies… from a health food store in the mall. At least that’s what we thought we bought. They  looked like chocolate Easter bunnies. They … Continue reading

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If You Are Coming to São Paulo… you’ll need a bit of info

When I was doing a semester of grad school in Barcelona, my friend and I would jump on a train last minute on any given evening and wake up in yet another glorious European country ready to be explored (ok, … Continue reading

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Protest Messages and Why You Should Help

In anticipation of the protests starting right about now, I wanted to round up some of the videos out there that explain what is happening. As well as some damn funny videos from some damn funny Brazilians (how can you … Continue reading

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The Protesting and Why Brazil Might Finally Have a Shot at World Leadership

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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Monsters on Motobikes

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It’s become increasingly difficult to tell my daughter that monsters don’t exist. A classroom of little kids being gunned down, girls captured and tortured for over a decade, police officers plotting to cook and eat victims… These dangerous abominations are … Continue reading

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5 Items for Foreigners from the Feira for Feriado

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As an extension of Tuesday’s post 10 Great Gifts to Bring from Brazil, here are five fun items you can buy at your local feira to bring to family and friends: 1. Make Your Own Bolo de Mandioca At our … Continue reading

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10 Great Gifts to Bring from Brazil

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Many of us foreigners in the city are making, or have already secured, plans to travel to our home countries for the Brazilian winter. But what fun items do we bring for friends and family that will represent the culture … Continue reading

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Boys & Girls, Soccer & Ballet

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In some ways, Brazil is socially progressive. For example, Brazil just recently passed a law dictating that states could not deny registration of marriage for gay couples. Yet, when it comes to children, the country, even its biggest city, is … Continue reading

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10 Things that Might Shock You in São Paulo

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For more lists of 10 and insights into Sao Paulo, see American Exbrat in São Paulo. The term “culture-shock” wasn’t coined for nothing. I know for a fact that there are many things that shock Brazilians when they visit the States. … Continue reading

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10 Things I Wish I Had Brought in the Move

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For more lists of 10 and insights into Sao Paulo, see American Exbrat in São Paulo. In July we will have been here for three years. While within the first, there were items I wish we had put in the shipment, … Continue reading

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BAB’s One-Day Tour of São Paulo

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The other day, I got to enjoy a single-day tour of São Paulo with a visiting American. There was much back and forth discussion about how the day would go until a schedule was finally settled moments before we left. … Continue reading

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Ten Questions for Reducing Your Dependency on Household Help

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When you live in a country where the cost of household help runs from inexpensive to reasonable, you tend to become accustomed to using your time for other critical activities (like catching up on American reality television on the internet). … Continue reading

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American Exbrat in São Paulo

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

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Strange São Paulo

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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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Dear Abilio dos Santos Diniz

Dear Mr. Abilio dos Santos Diniz, Chairman of Grupo Pão de Açúcar, You and I both know that I don’t work for your company. Actually, you may not be aware of this fact, as considering the dirty and disgusting state … Continue reading

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Arte Urbana at the MuBE

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Our friends recently mentioned that their visiting mother/in-law commented on the amount of “vandalism” in São Paulo. My own mother also mentioned this aspect of the city in a rather distasteful manner. Little do they know that this crime it … Continue reading

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Dessert Deception at the Basílica São Bento

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For awhile I’ve wanted to attend a mass at the basílica in the college of São Bento. Travel books, and the college’s own website, have described the 10am Sunday mass as one that included a Gregorian chant performed by monks. … Continue reading

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Screen Dream

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Last night we went to see “Silver Lining Playbook” at the new Shopping JK Iguatemi’s VIP Cinema. I still don’t understand why this concept isn’t catching on with movie houses in the U.S., because it is fabulous. JK has even … Continue reading

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Vai Vai Samba Rehearsal

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Last night we went to the Vai Vai Samba School rehearsal for Carnaval. It was great fun to see. But once again, what I had in my head didn’t exactly match up with reality. I guess I though it was … Continue reading

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(Household) Help!

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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

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TB or Not TB

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There’s a health topic that has been buzzing around the São Paulo international mom crowd – whether or not to get our kids (and ourselves) a tuberculosis vaccination. When we first arrived, my daughter’s pediatrician went through her vaccination data … Continue reading

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Chinese Food!

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Hey New Yorkers in São Paulo! Missing those trips to Chinatown for a little oily indulgence in the form of noodles, sweet & sour meat or won tons? Well, we have found the place for you. Yesterday afternoon we lunched … Continue reading

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SP Night Market!

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  I’m very excited that tomorrow I’ll finally be able to attend the SP Night market! For those in Sao Paulo, come and check out the unique eating and shopping opportunities that this night market offers (only now it starts … Continue reading

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Venomous Beasties of Brazil

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A friend of mine, Kristin, was kind enough to collect information about what to watch out for in the various environments of Brazil, including your home, if you do not want to get bit by a poisonous creature. Please see … Continue reading

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Metro Adventure

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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

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The Eleventh Hour

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I’ve had a number of posts about kids birthday parties in Brazil. One of the characteristics I may or may not have mentioned is that some go quite late. Can you imagine a room filled with overtired kids that have … Continue reading

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Brazilian Police

A friend recently posted the following article about the dangers of being a poor, Brazilian police officer: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/opinion/sunday/in-brazil-poverty-is-deadly-for-police-officers.html The status of a police officer is very different in Brazil than it is in the U.S. In the States, police officers … Continue reading

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Is this your babá?

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I’m starting this series because I’m tired of witnessing what I feel is nanny negligence and not knowing what to do. Is it appropriate if I tell your babá to get off the damn phone when she is crossing this … Continue reading

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Hands Thai’d

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So after nearly two and a half years, we finally found some delicious Thai food delivery in Sao Paulo. I mean really delicious. Better than any of the Thai places we’ve been to in this city, and we’ve tried out … Continue reading

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Hanging in Serra Negra

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Serra Negra, nicknamed “the city of health” because of its amazing spring water, is a great destination for a weekend escape from Sao Paulo. It sits in the state of Sao Paulo near Campinas and is just a couple hours … Continue reading

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What to Expect for Your Foreign Thanksgiving

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Yes, I’ve been running on a holiday theme here. But since yesterday was Thanksgiving, I thought it might be helpful for those of you who are considering a move to Sao Paulo to know what you are in for from … Continue reading

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