Category Archives: Travel

Orlando in January – Little Brazil

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We recently spent a week in Orlando. We went during that time period where the US kids are in school and the Brazil kids are still on holiday. The result being – 80% of the tourist population in Orlando was … Continue reading

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The Creepy Side of Campos do Jordão

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  So, I’m not sure what the big whoop is about Campos do Jordão. We went this past weekend and it seemed to me that it was just like any of the other over commercialized small mountain towns, only even … Continue reading

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Me Hace Bien

My new favorite song and video! Not Brazilian… but still Latin.

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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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How to Stay Safe and Sound During the World Cup

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As promised, today I am posting on how to stay safe if you are coming to Brazil, and Sao Paulo in particular, for the World Cup. My partner in “crime,” Brazil in My Eyes, posted last week on the topic. If … 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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What You Can Buy on the Beach in Rio

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Did I mention that I drove all the way from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro? I’ll admit, after avoiding this type of task for so long, I’m feeling very empowered. We’ve spend the week back and forth between my … Continue reading

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Holiday Giving Misfire

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For the first time in three years, we spent Christmas in the United States. More specifically, with my family in Chicagoland. Because I am a hypocrite (i.e. I mock aspects of the culture and then fully indulge myself in  it … 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: 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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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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Ponta do Corumbau and Martine Renwart

The road to Ponta do Corumbau was even more complicated than that to Espelho, but more beautiful. The 52 km, bumpy, dirt path up a mountain, over hills and around corners took two and a half hours to travel from … Continue reading

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Praia do Espelho, Bahia

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills The road to Espelho was not just unpaved. It was not just unmaintained, but a nearly treacherous path through forests and fields. It was especially damaged through the … Continue reading

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The Road to Bahia: The Road

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São Mateus was a welcome resting point. While the city doesn’t have much, it does have this ruin of an ancient Jesuit church right in the middle of it. I couldn’t find much information about it, but there was a decent … Continue reading

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The Road to Bahia: Vitória

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Second stop on our road trip to Bahia was the city of Vitória in Espírito Santo. We arrived in the evening and the military police were stationed everywhere. I was actually too nervous to take a picture after learning more … Continue reading

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Road to Bahia: Petropolis

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First stop on the road to Bahia was Petropolis. This city, which was once the royal summer residence, has a number of museums that will give you insight to the times when Brazil was a kingdom. The best of them … Continue reading

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The Road to Bahia

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We are taking a break from the city life of São Paulo, and maybe the protesting, and headed to the state of Bahia. Driving. Yes today, we – myself, my husband, a five-year-old and a maltese – are loading up … 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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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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Buenos Aires: The Land of Sleeping Dogs

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One of the great things about living in São Paulo is that you are a short flight from some fabulous destinations. We took a long weekend over the Easter holiday and went to one of these places – Buenos Aires. … 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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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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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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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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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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Jardim Botânico de São Paulo

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A few months back we visited the Sao Paulo Botanical Gardens and I’ve been meaning to post some of the photos. The gardens are an incredible way to spend the day with so many areas providing a variety of experiences. On the … Continue reading

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Rio Grande do Sul: Brazil’s Wine Country

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I won’t try and be delicate about it. Brazil wine is mostly crap. So when we planned a trip to the south of Brazil to check out the wine country, my emotions were mixed. We had spent our fair share … Continue reading

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