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Life in Brazil, through the eyes of an expat living in Brazil since 2007
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When Sao Paulo med students make change happens in Brazil's isolated towns [VIDEO]

When Sao Paulo med students make change happens in Brazil's isolated towns [VIDEO] | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Breve relato acerca da fundação, história e dinâmica do Projeto Bandeira Científica, realizado anualmente por alunos da Universidade de São Paulo. www.bandeiracientifica.com.br

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Brazil by Bus | Expat in Brazil

Brazil by Bus | Expat in Brazil | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Expatbrazil welcomes Greg. In his first post he helps you travel Brazil by bus. He's done the research to make your trip planning easier.
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Number of Cars in Brazil Doubles in 10 Years

Number of Cars in Brazil Doubles in 10 Years | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Government figures released last week confirm what motorists have und
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Brazil's biggest drug cartel promises a 'World Cup of terror'

Brazil's biggest drug cartel promises a 'World Cup of terror' | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
The threat was issued by the First Capital of the Command in Sao Paulo, who last year was behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city's police officers.
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I was completely disgusted with this biased article from the Daily Mail. It's quite clear that the author has never set foot in Brazil and doesn't know much about the protests. Disgraceful reporting that can cloud a lot of opinions, shame on the Daily Mail.
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Airlines Rip Off World Cup Travellers.

Airlines Rip Off World Cup Travellers. | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
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As readers of my blog know I am a great lover of the air pass tickets, they allow you to purchase up-to nine internal flights in Brazil or even a pass for flights throughout South America at much reduced price, fantastic if you want to see a lot of such a huge country/ continent. So imagine my dismay at finding out that they are not allowing the tickets in the World Cup period, utter greed. I'm afraid that theres going to be an awful lot of very unhappy people in Brazil in the World Cup period due to way some companies (read as most) are gearing up to rip off consumers as much as possible, it's such a wasted opportunity to showcase how wonderful a holiday destination Brazil is and will just leave all travellers with a very bitter taste at the end of the Cup, so sad.

 

This is what the companies normally offer.

 TAM Brazil Air Pass - Book online Now! - Exclusive from brol.com

The TAM Brazil Air pass is valid for travel inside Brazil on any TAM Airlines flight. 
Price starts at only U$532 + taxes & fees for any four flights inside Brazil, when you fly to South America on TAM Airlines
You can book more than 4 flights (up to nine) for additional cost. The entire itinerary has to be booked before traveling to Brazil.
Only people from outside Brazil can purchase the Brazil Airpass, and you must have an International Ticket to Brazil, because we will need the Ticket Number in order to issue your Brazil Airpass.

Brazil Airpass is NOT Available for sale during the 2014 Worldcup
1 - Start by selecting the number of people traveling.
2 - Then check if you are traveling to South America with TAM Airlines or not. 
3 - Then click on Continue to book your TAM Airlines Brazil Air Pass Online.

Airpass does not allow route changes, is restricted to a specific booking class and date change might not be available. Once travel starts, the Airpass is not refundable anymore. No partial refunds are allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Brazil Air pass

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CNN has an update on the scary giant hornets in Brazil ... er, China

CNN has an update on the scary giant hornets in Brazil ... er, China | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
We understand it's a big world out there, and when you're on a deadline, it's easy to forget to check something. Like where a city in the world's most populous country is.
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Theres no giant Hornets in Brazil, no matter how much CNN wants there to be!

So  Hong Kong is now on the south coast of Brazil.

So has the shopping in Brazil suddenly get better or is it just the bad geography of CNN?

CNN were covering the story on the giant hornets that are causing serious problems and have even led to some deaths in China When they blundered and confused many on Monday by getting their world maps completely wrong.

Rest assured there's no giant hornets in Brazil, well not yet anyway. 

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Oktoberfest Brings a Taste of Munich to Rio

Oktoberfest Brings a Taste of Munich to Rio | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The state welcomes two brand new events this weekend that are se
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Brazil goes Beer mad, read all about it on. The Rio Times, Rio's English Language paper.

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”There is law for the rich and law for people like you and me.”

”There is law for the rich and law for people like you and me.” | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
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Excellent blog post. 

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The street art in Brazil is continuing to amuse people

The street art in Brazil is continuing to amuse people | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
The unusual and fun street art from Brazil has already been posted in one of our previous articles last year, and now it is time to take a look at the follow-up. The artists behind this work are Anderson Augusto and Leonardo Delafuente, and they call it “The 6emeia project”. The streets of Brazil can now continue to be more colorful and amusing for everyone, thanks to the two talented street artists. They are not the only one that are impressing people with their street art – these guys are only using spray painting and shadows to make unique street drawings.
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Why Brazil is Never Boring

Why Brazil is Never Boring | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
By Rachel Glickhouse A foreign correspondent in Brazil recently told me that Brazil is no longer boring. The protests, he said, were the first interesting thing to happen in the last few years. In ...
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Tasty Tapioca

Tasty Tapioca | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Tapioca is a very popular snack in South America and particularly in Brazil. I suppose the concept is similar to the pancake. Tapioca originates from the cassava plant which in Portuguese is called...
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Alemão Favela

Alemão Favela | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Last week I went to the wonderful Alemão favela in North Rio.   I took the cable car which has been set up to help the people living in the favela move around it more easily - it is R$1 for lo...
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Three Tips to Sound Like a Native Brazilian Portuguese Speaker

Three Tips to Sound Like a Native Brazilian Portuguese Speaker | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Language Learning Tips Learn Brazilian Portuguese. October 17, 2013. 1 comment. Learn Brazilian Portuguese Hello Portuguese speakers. Here I have some tips for you. Before I just wanted to remind you that I'm from Brasil so, this is ...

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The best shops in Rio de Janeiro: an insiders' guide-Telegraph

The best shops in Rio de Janeiro: an insiders' guide-Telegraph | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Four Cariocas renowned in their respective fields – art, design, food and style – present their specialist guides to the best shops in Rio.
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Expat in Brazil

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The World Cup Project
I like to introduce a great project inspired by the World Cup that spiked my interest. I'm always impressed by people who do instead of just talking about doing, these people are certainly trying to be doers.
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Helping Tourists Go Native In Brazil

Helping Tourists Go Native In Brazil | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Through Favela Experience, social entrepreneur Elliot Rosenberg aims to provide homestay rentals in Brazilian favelas, bring more money into the communities, provide livelihoods, and combat negative stereotypes.
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2 Brazilian social innovations listed among the most inspiring startups by Mashable

2 Brazilian social innovations listed among the most inspiring startups by Mashable | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it

We looked at 20 initiatives around the world making a difference in the way we live. From Ugandan health projects and deforestation prevention in the Amazon to Icelandic crowdsourcing, inspiring organizations are transforming the planet.


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Rio Catches on to Cricket in Itaguaí

Rio Catches on to Cricket in Itaguaí | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Cricket is beginning to make waves in the Cidade Maravilhosa th
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Brazilian Gringo

Brazilian Gringo | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Brazilian Gringo is here to help you move to Brazil, teach English in Brazil, learn Brazilian Portuguese and enjoy Brazilian culture
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I've a reader who asked about English teaching opportunities in Brazil, so a bit of research later of Brazilian bloggers and sites I've followed I was reminded of this great site and Brazilian Gringo seems the perfect site to help my reader with their teaching goal, as the site states

 

I will teach you how to:
1.Learn Portuguese faster
2.Connect more deeply to Brazilian culture
3.Get a job teaching English in Brazil

 

Then, with impeccable timing, this arrived in my inbox from said site, 

 

Hey there,

 Finding work as an English teacher in Brazil can be hard if you don't know the right people. Fortunately for you, I know a lot of the right people. I want to help you find a job in Brazil, but first I need to know a bit more about you. Could you take a few minutes to fill out this survey? http://www.braziliangringo.com/english-teacher-survey/ I'm not promising I can get you a job, but if you're a good fit for what my friends' schools are looking for then I might make the connection... Brazilian Gringo himself is based in Belo Horizonte, a city North of Rio, check out http://www.lonelyplanet.com/brazil/the-southeast/belo-horizonte to learn more about this exciting city.
I hope this site gives you some ideas and points you in the right direction. In addition to this his site has great tips for learning Portuguese and lots of podcasts to help with moving, living and starting a business in Brazil. Anyone planning a move here would benefit from watching a few, he offers sensible and realistic advice. 
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Beware the dangers of going home

Beware the dangers of going home | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, as the sun dipped beyond Embankment and shadows crept across the Thames, my wife and I strolled down the South Bank and across Waterloo Bridge, as we had done almost exactly five y...
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I often read this great blog, written by a fellow Brit living in São Paulo, Brazil, 'The books on the table'
This week Andy warns of the perils of going home for a visit ... how wonderful your old life seems when you go back.
Most expats I know tend to return home once a year for 3 to 4 weeks, and there's the problem...it's not long enough to remember all the reasons you wanted to leave in the first place ... as Andy points out the grass is rarely greener ... I stay at least 3 months and by the end of it I am so damn happy to be getting back on that plane ... but it's very easy to be seduced by old favourites that expat's miss so much ... in Andy's case, warm beer baked beans and monster munch.

I'm luckily at the stage where I have figured out how to make nearly everything I missed in food and drink...though I still pack thousands of teabags!
This is what I miss...some I refuse to miss and ship back with me after visits home...some I make at home...will post the recipes soon.

 

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World Cup Accommodation.

World Cup Accommodation. | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
Fancy doing all the host cities of 2014 World Cup - Why not consider a Motor home? I had a comment on World Cup Rip Off asking my thoughts on renting a motor home for the World Cup, this immediatel...
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Quality Food Shopping in Brazil

Quality Food Shopping in Brazil | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
When living in Brazil it can be quite a challenge to pick a supermarket to shop at! There are many big chains including Mundal, Extra, Carrefour etc and they all vary in price and quality.   &...
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Arte Dancy Make a Living!

Arte Dancy Make a Living! | Life in Brazil | Scoop.it
There has always been a huge gap between rich and poor in Brazil but in the recent years that gap has been narrowing, in the major cities anyway. The main problem, I think, is the mental gap. There...
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