Just an average passport ninja writing and living his dream in São Paulo... Why not YOU?

Jay-Z and Beyoncé in Cuba (theguardian.com)

It’s been just over 9 months since my last blog entry, ‘Getting Outside of your Comfort Zone‘ – a post I apparently took to heart as I abandoned the comforts of my blog and took my talents to Twitter, Time Out SP, teaching and tons of São Paulo’s watering holes. As for the rest of […]

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The Britos at sunset

  “If we would’ve told you everything, you probably wouldn’t have done it. But I knew you wouldn’t crap your pants. Pee your pants maybe, but not crap.”  -Mateus, moments after reaching our 2nd campsite en route to Teresópolis “You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside of your comfort zone” -Percy […]

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SHARING BEER AND HAPPINESS IN BRAZIL

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Knee-deep in the Ecuador leg of my three-week holiday vaca, I felt a void on many nights when out with family and friends, both new and old. But It wasn’t until my uncle broke out his Johnnie Walker stash to lift our Christmas spirits, both literally and figuratively, that it hit me – I missed […]

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CHOOSING A BRAZILIAN SOCCER TEAM, PART IV- The Decision

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“Dude, anyone but Corinthians. If you pick Corinthians, start looking for somewhere else to live.” -My housemate Mateus, a Cruzeiro supporter, May 2012   AS THE STONES ONCE SAID, you can’t always get what you want. Time and time again, we aim high and settle for something less. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. I […]

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THE HELLISH ROUTE TO MORRO DE SÃO PAULO

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  “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea   THE DAY you find yourself in Salvador, you’ll be too close to avoid the gravitational pull of the island paradise known as Morro […]

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HOW TO IMMERSE YOURSELF WHEN LIVING ABROAD

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“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”  -Seren Kierkegaard The day you decide to move overseas is unforgettable. You begin to picture yourself mingling with locals, speaking the local language fluently, and maybe even letting your hips shake to the native rhythms of the region. The excitement […]

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9 REASONS YOU SHOULD LOVE SÃO PAULO

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“O que você esta fazendo em São Paulo?” -Just about everyone Brazilian who’s ever met me “What the hell are you doing here?” Not a week goes by where I’m not asked this once. If you’re an expat, you’ve probably got your elevator pitch response memorized at this point. If you dream of being one, […]

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CHOOSING A BRAZILIAN SOCCER TEAM, PT.III- VAI CORINTHIANS?

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  To read Part I of Choosing a Brazilian Soccer Team, click here. To read Part II, click here. “We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not… f*ck with us.” -Tyler Durden, ‘Fight Club’ AT FIRST, I had thought […]

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CHOOSING A BRAZILIAN SOCCER TEAM, Part II- The Group Stage

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  To read Part I of Decisão 2012, click here.   NOW that we’ve clarified why I’m jumping into Brazilian Soccer, the question remains: How DOES a serious fan pick a sports team these days? The closest I ever came to choosing a team was when I chose South Beach and palm trees (UM) for college over […]

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CHOOSING A BRAZILIAN SOCCER TEAM, PART I

  Now that I’ve achieved black belt status as a passport ninja and returned to São Paulo with a 3rd passport, it’s time to begin the next step in my Brazilian immersion. It’s time to do my best Paulista impersonation and go all in on living like a local, which means it’s time for me […]

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