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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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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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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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Halloween in Sao Paulo

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Yes, I know I’ve been terribly negligent about my blog in past weeks. However, in my own defense, I have been through a Halloween party – moving to another neighborhood – birthday part sandwich that took up all my free … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 229: Malling

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On Friday, Day 229, I spent a good amount of time at the mall in Higienópolis. I had time to kill during my daughter’s Friday afternoon activities so I thought I would see what was up in, hopefully, what will … 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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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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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 179: Outlet Malls

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Every wonder where the Brazilians get all those Polo shirts they are walking around with in Sao Paulo? Yep, on Day 179 we hit BOTH the TJ Maxx and a Premium Outlet Mall. We stocked up on all sort of … Continue reading

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Day 112: Organic Market & Parque Agua Branca

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Today, Day 112 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, we did like the health conscience Brazilians do… we went to the Feira Orgânicos do Parque (Organic Farmer’s Market). There are actually two spots where you can buy fresh organic … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 66: The Mall

People in Sao Paulo love their malls. And with good reason. The city has some of the most luxurious malls I’ve seen. I’m not much of a “maller,” as least not since my suburban high school days during which the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 42: Brás, Ternos and Wipers

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Someone at work gave my husband a tip on where to buy good suits at a good price. This brought back memories of the guys that would stand on the street corners in Manhattan passing out flyers about great prices … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 37: Rua 25 de Março

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As suggested by Mulheres Ricas’ Brunete Fraccaroli, today I shopped on the Rua 25 de Março. But not for cheap toys for the orphans. For birthday party supplies. Yes, it is birthday party season again! So I went with a friend … Continue reading

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Shopper Stalking

I’ve never shopped in Sao Paulo for clothing before today. Luckily, between the move and my last trip to the U.S., I’ve been able to maintain supplies. But we are going to Rio for the holidays so I thought I … Continue reading

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Update: The Expat Shopping List

A couple weeks ago I put together some advice for the soon-to-be-expat coming to Brazil. The advice was in the form of a list of items that will be in my suitcase on the trip back to Brazil from the … Continue reading

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The Art of the Buy

It seems in Brazil, if you buy anything of reasonable value, it is a dance. The process goes something like this (translated from Portuguese): You: How much is this lamp? Vendor: Two hundred and fifty reis (R$250). A moment later… … Continue reading

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For the Soon to be Expat – Shopping List

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Next month, we are traveling back to the U.S. for a visit. I was reviewing my list of future U.S. purchases with my Brazilian sister-in-law today. It dawned on me that product availability and price points are important categories of … Continue reading

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Update: Word!

(see original post Word!) This photo is from a shop on my street. It’s not a store that sells unmentionables, nor cooking utensils. It is a clothing store. Some Brazilian marketing person feels that displaying this phrase in the window, … Continue reading

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