Category Archives: What the h*ll is that?

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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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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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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Why are the Protesters so Pissed??!!

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Sometimes it is difficult to understand what might motivate millions of people, Brazilians no less, who are thought to be a rather peaceful lot, to get angry enough to take to the streets. It’s easier to get caught up in … Continue reading

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The Avocado: Dip or Dessert

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A few months after moving to São Paulo, we had lunch at a friend’s house. When dessert time came around and my daughter received a bowl of green goop, I believe this was the moment she initially decided Brazil wasn’t … Continue reading

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Beware What You Like & Contest

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The first one to guess which Brazil blogger posted the funny, yet offensive photo I liked wins a copy of my book, American Exbrat in Sáo Paulo (if you already have a copy, I’ll gift it to the person of your choice). FYI – there is a clue in the tags of this post… Continue reading

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Bizarre Banking Business

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Is Citibank the only one that doesn’t have its act together in Brazil? I thought the most annoying obstacle is when I go to withdraw money at the teller and they cannot tell me my balance, or anything else interesting … 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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Family Day and the Nine Wives

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At my daughter’s school, they hold an annual event called Dia da Familia, or Family Day. It is held on a Saturday and includes performances by all the kids. It’s really cute and the kids get really excited about 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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Five Brazilian Expletives and How to Use Them

  —- Warning. Explicit material below. — Happy Braziliversary to me! On this special day, I’m going to give a Portuguese lesson… I’ve grown tired of swearing at Brazilians who almost run me over with their car in English. It’s … Continue reading

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So who is this Dilma person?

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Whoo hoo! Female presidents! Whoo hoo, yeeerrrr…. I admit. What I knew about the leader of my new home country was definitely not enough. Dilma Vana Rousseff, president of Brazil, has stood in support of the Brazilian protesters. Because, of … 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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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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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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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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Gaia + Manthus

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Last week I accompanied a friend to a little spa in Higienopolis. She was getting what she thought was a massage special (Sao Paulo has a “spa week” just like NYC!) I had planned on getting a much needed manicure. … Continue reading

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Local Elections

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The other day, my daughter and I were leaving her school and a group of young adults were hanging around in front of the building. (Just a note here… this happens rather often. A couple days ago a group of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 222: O Presente

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On day 222 I was forced perform the task I most despise in Sao Paulo – buy a present. No, it’s not that I’m not a giving person. It’s just that choking back the idea of spreading my money out … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 159: Entrepreneur

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In the U.S., if you want to work for a company as an independent contractor, all you have to do is type up an invoice on some made-up letterhead, pay quarterly taxes, maybe get an accountant. I did this while … Continue reading

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Day 132: Snacks

Today for a playdate, I decided to bring some weird interesting Brazilians snacks to share, just like a Brazilian. Ok, maybe a Brazilian wouldn’t show up with this stuff, but let’s go with it… here is what was on the … Continue reading

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Day 122: Pressure Cooker and Pinhão

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Just thought this was really funny – my daughter received a toy kitchen set and it came with… that’s right, a pressure cooker. I’m pretty sure they don’t come with pressure cookers in the U.S. Well, on Day 122 I … Continue reading

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Day 110: Picanha and Pickle Pizza

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Yes, that’s right. Smoked picanha and pickles. And buffalo mozzarella. Day 110 of my challenge to be more Brazilian we ate this odd assortment of toppings on our pizza.  I’d never seen this at another pizza restaurant – ever.  Picanha is the top … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 107: Coca Cola Light Plus

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Yesterday, Day 107, I enjoyed a Coca Cola Light Plus. Never heard of it? Well it is basically a Diet Coke… with vitamins! Yes vitamins! I guess the Coca Cola people got tired of people like Dr. Oz knocking their … Continue reading

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CBD Award

As regular readers of my blog know, I’ve documented my discovery of a strange phenomenon here in Brazil – the creepy baby doll. Well, fellow Brazil blogger Shelley of Give Us This Day Our Daily Mango wins the Creepy Baby Doll … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 93: Birthday Gift

So I ran out of boy birthday gifts from my U.S. purchased stash. That means I had to go out and buy one. Ugh. You might have read on my blog about how ridiculously expensive toys are in Brazil.   … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 90: Buffalo Butter

For day 90 of my challenge to become more Brazilian, I grabbed a tub of buffalo butter off the cooler shelf at the grocery store. Just one of those things you’ve gotta try. Right? I honestly had never seen buffalo … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 78: Banana Taste Test

Apologies, I’ve been behind on posting my daily challenges due to preparing for my challenge on Day 81. I’m planning on catching up today. So on Day 78, I decided to learn a bit more about the elusive banana. In … Continue reading

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Holy Egg Mania

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One of my daughter’s favorite treats is a Kinder Ovo. It’s a chocolate egg shell with a toy surprise inside. Apparently these little numbers are banned in the U.S., I’m assuming because the U.S. FDA anticipates that a child will … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 55: Pizza Brazil Style

Correction: Pizza Brazil Style… except for Sao Paulo. As per Meredith’s suggestion, tonight I indulged in pizza with a dash of ketchup and a smattering of mayo. Apparently, such a dish brings back fond memories for my husband of sitting … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 54: Pitaya

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So my Brazilian accomplishment of the day is that I ate a pitaya fruit for dessert. Eating fruit for dessert on its own is a Brazilian thing, from where I’m from. If I told my daughter that I was about … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 27: Powerless

Yesterday, I was going to watch Jornal Nacional as my Brazilian task for the day (yes, I’ve lived here for over a year and a half and no, I haven’t seen it yet). But just before the program began, we … Continue reading

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Yes, Brazil has serial killers

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As I’m writing today’s Brazilian Challenge post about Parque Ibirapuera, my husband casually mentions how at another park, the city largest park, “they found those bodies from that serial killer, you know the one I told you about…” No. No, … Continue reading

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Mulheres Ricas, Week 2

Just a quick warning – I’m not normally a mean-spirited person. But I feel that if a person offers herself or himself up on television for something as talentless as being rich, I get to make fun of that person. … Continue reading

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The Real Housewives of Sao Paulo… and Rio

Yes way. It finally happened. There’s a “Real Housewives of…” type show in Brazil and it premiered this week. It’s called “Mulheres Ricas” and follows the lives of five ridiculously rich women. Actually, it appears to be more specifically like … Continue reading

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Hang Loose

So, in the same mall where we abandoned our daughter for an hour of selfishness (see Reckless Abandonment), there is a store that just sells hangers. Right. Just hangers. Nope. Nothing but hangers. Sure, I guess the mall has a … Continue reading

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Sao Paulo Real Estate Doesn’t Make Sense

I experienced the same unsettling feeling when we were in Manhattan. A lot of our friends were pushing us to buy something. They were buying (multiple properties actually) and they talked about the tax breaks and the great investment status. … Continue reading

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Go Figure

This is one of the strangest statues I’ve come across in a while. As you can see, it is a man on all fours whose head and torso seem to be out of proportion to his arms and legs. He … Continue reading

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Panettone Panic

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Yesterday I went into one of the local grocery stores in our neighborhood, Santa Lucia. The place was packed to the gills! I started to panic, thinking perhaps war had been declared and there was a run on grocery stores. … Continue reading

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Virgin? Again?

When I saw this sign from the street, I didn’t know what to expect as I approached the store. Turns out, it’s just a shop with clothing and accessories for women. I wonder if the Brazilians realize that it takes … Continue reading

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Another Offering

This was sitting on the corner of Lorena and Casa Branca when I delivered my daughter to school. I don’t know how long it had been there, and I meant to check if it had remained when I picked her … Continue reading

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Cooper Glicério

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This morning I came across this contraption, erected next to the Museum of Art on Paulista Avenue. The work of a mad (louco) but genius, now homeless architect? Continue reading

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Nao Pise

To an English speaking eye, this sign might make one wonder what on earth is happening on Paulista Avenue. But thank goodness, the translation is “Don’t step on the plants.”

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AquariScari

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My sister-in-law and I took my daughter, her son and the son of a friend (ages 3-4) to the Sao Paulo Aquarium. Sao Paulo boasts the largest aquarium in South America. But museums and other cultural attractions in the third … Continue reading

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Story Time Trauma

Today we took our daughter to the local bookstore for story time. A team of (I can only guess) aspiring actresses executed a highly interactive telling of… Macbeth. Yes, the tragedy that William Shakespeare wrote. Of all the children’s stories … Continue reading

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Warning: Smoking Will Scare You

Apparently, the tobacco lobbyists in Brazil don’t have the same power as they do in the U.S. Yes, this is what you think it is. A cigarette ad, complete with the Brazilian version of a Surgeon General’s warning, plus a … Continue reading

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Police Protection

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So I was taking my morning walk through Trianon park when I came across this: ?! Imagine my surprise. I asked an officer standing off to the side if I could take a picture (which is exactly what you do … Continue reading

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