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Why I’m Leaving Brazil

by 10kJuan on August 18, 2014 · 3 comments

in Brazil, Expat Life, Travel

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“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on Earth. Then I ask myself the same question” – Harun Yahya Because Boteco Coutinho’s 600ml beers have gone from R$3.90 to R$6.90 since I arrived Because I went to a clássico at the new stadium and Corinthians scored twice […]

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I Told You So, Brazil

by 10kJuan on July 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in Brazil, Sports

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I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve bitten my tongue over the last month as Brazilians warmed to the idea of the World Cup, slowly realizing what I had known since I experienced the world’s greatest sporting event in Germany, back in 2006: That the World Cup overcomes all obstacles, and that despite […]

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Twas The Night Before World Cup

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My World Cup rendition of the classic, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’. Have a great World Cup!   Twas the night before World Cup when all through Brazil, Not a robber was stirring, not even Prez Dil, The stadiums were (almost) done with 12 hours to spare, In hopes that Brazilians would let themselves care, […]

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36 Lessons from Three Years of Visa Runs in Brazil

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“All generalizations are false, including this one.” -Mark Twain When I shuffled the deck and boarded a one-way flight from Miami to São Paulo three years ago, my American passport was bursting at the seams with fading stamps that had spread their way onto the appended pages. The travel bug had steadily gotten her claws […]

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The 10kMen of 2013: A Year in Review – Part I

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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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GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE (AND KEEPING UP WITH THE BRITOS)

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  “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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