The Plight of Marriage Before Marriage in Brazil

When I first arrived in São Paulo, I got chatting to a Brazilian guy who revealed that he was currently single but had been married three times previously. Considering that he couldn´t have been older than 30, I thought that was an awful lot of marriages and divorces to have got through already, poor guy. It later turned out … More The Plight of Marriage Before Marriage in Brazil

The Brazilian Buteco: A Greasy Spoon with Booze

The easiest way to describe the Brazilian buteco is a greasy spoon with booze. Butecos are simple bars, usually with plastic tables and a long counter, where people meet to drink, eat snacks, watch football, see and be seen. They´re certainly not a glamorous affair, but the food´s honest, the beer´s cold and you can purchase all manner of confectionary. Groups usually order a large … More The Brazilian Buteco: A Greasy Spoon with Booze

Brazilian TV: The Scantily Clad Brigade

If you turn on the TV to watch any kind of family-friendly entertainment in Brazil, you can guarantee that there will be about thirty scantily clad women in the background for no apparent reason. Whether it´s the Brazilian answer to Lip Sync Battle, Parkinson or Family Fortunes, there’s a considerable amount of flesh on show from about … More Brazilian TV: The Scantily Clad Brigade

How to be labelled ´pobre´ in Brazil

I never exactly had myself down as being all fancy and la-di-da, but since moving to Brazil I´ve been told ´você parece pobre´ (‘you seem poor´) on numerous occasions. It appears that various innocent actions can attract a whole load of judgement and snobbery. Here are a few examples that I´ve experienced: Beach picnic I once suggested … More How to be labelled ´pobre´ in Brazil