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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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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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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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Traveling to Brazil for the World Cup?

Here is some great information for those traveling to Brazil for the World Cup by Total Futeblog: 50 Days to Go: Brazil 2014 Travel Tips   Coming soon… how to stay safe (i.e. not get yourself in trouble (i.e. robbed … 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 Can Carnaval Tell Us About Brazilian Business Skills?

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In Brazil, each Escola de Samba, or Samba school, works all year long to develop their portion of the Carnaval parade. The people who put together these elaborate affairs are not the wealthy of Brazil. In fact, some of the … 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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from Brazil! To all my followers, friends and occasional readers, I hope all that makes you happy takes place for you in this new year. BAB

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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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Jabuticaba trees

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This weekend we went to stay with friends at a working fazenda. Aside from a great time, I also experienced my first jabuticaba tree sighting. The fruit of Brazil is usually rather weird for foreigners. I’ll admit, us Americans like … 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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Sand Discrimination

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  Yesterday at the beach, instead of sporting my usual Brazilian bikini with cover-up, I wore a tankini.   If you aren’t familiar, a tankini is a two-piece bathing suit with a tank top, complete with padding, and a matching … Continue reading

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Mexican vs Brazilian Challenge, Day 224 & 225

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No, I’m not referring to the Olympic soccer upset on Saturday. I’m talking about food. As I had smuggled in stacks of authentic, corn tortillas from my U.S. trip, I was inspired to make some Mexican dishes. But even in … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 223: The Mortadela Sandwich at Mercado

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Sure, I had tried Mortadela (the “light” version, from a package). Sure, I had a sandwich at the Mercado. Yes, buddy and fellow blogger Ray had specifically recommended the MORTADELA sandwich at the MERCADO. Sure, I scribbled it down on … Continue reading

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I’m baaaacccck!

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Well, ok. I was back last week. But settling in, social engagements, and two days with the flu (or food poisoning from one of the previously mentioned social engagements – not sure, symptoms are the same) kept me away from … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Surviving Sao Paulo

Now that I’ve passed the two-year mark of life in Sao Paulo, I feel I’m qualified to dole out a bit of advice. The following are my top ten ways to survive expat life in the big SP. Embrace the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 191: Mist of the Earth

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Day 191 of my challenge to be more Brazilian, Chicago edition, I was able to admire the works of a Brazilian artist. Denise Milan, a multidisciplinary artist, ecological and art education activist, and Sao Paulo native, currently has an exhibit … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 181: Brazilian BBQ Central Style

Day 181 of my efforts to keep up my challenge, despite being back in America for a bout, we did a Brazilian barbecue central Illinois, small town style. Hot dogs, hamburgers and some local brats and pork patties were on … Continue reading

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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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Brazilian Challenge Day 178: Make Out!

So on Day 178 of my Brazilian Challenge, Wisconsin edition, we made out in public like the Brazilian young’ins. Since we were right in the middle of Wisconsin’s retirement population, at Fred and Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar, we actually were the … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 177: Farofeira

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In Brazil, “farofeira” is the unsavory act of bringing your own food and drink to the beach. The upper class and aspiring upper class do not roll coolers and picnic baskets onto the sand. Instead, they slip bills out of … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 173: The Rio

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Lucky for me, my sister’s place in Chicago is near a Brazilian restaurant! Sabor Express offers an array of classic Brazilian cuisine and a variety of “Brazilian style” hot dogs, each designated by a destination. Now, nearly two years in Brazil and … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 167: Brazilian Coffee

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Day 167 of my challenge to experience Brazilian every day this year, and day 1 of my new challenge to do it outside of Brazilian for six weeks, I drank a nice, big cup of Brazilian coffee. Of course, I … Continue reading

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Cool New Products Since I’ve Been Gone Vol. 1

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So, day one of my visit to the U.S., I’ve already noticed a number of new products/ conveniences that are worth commenting on: Instead of spraying or rubbing bug repellent all over yourself, now you can clip this device to … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 167: Immigration like a Brazilian

Last night, day 167 of my challenge to do something Brazilian every day this year, I got to go through immigration like a Brazilian. That’s right, for the first time, I went through the short line, the one for citizens … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 165: More Souvenirs

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So Day 165 in my efforts to be more Brazilian, I went shopping for Brazilian souvenirs to bring to the Americans! Nope, not baseball caps and t-shirts with “Brazil” on the front (although I did get a Sao Paulo Starbucks … Continue reading

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Brazilian Challenge Day 163: Have Cachaça Will Travel

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So, as I mentioned via the post Upping the Ante, my daughter and I are going to the U.S. this week. I’m a bit of an anxious packer. So I’ve already started the process this week. Of course, what do … Continue reading

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Upping the Ante!

As many of you have caught on, I’ve committed myself this year to doing something Brazilian every, single day, each of the 366 days of this leap year, in order to connect better with the culture that surrounds me. However, … Continue reading

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