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A Chris in Brazil

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It’s time to say goodbye | Está na hora de me despedir

Hello folks! (em português embaixo)

It’s been three years, and Brazil has been so much more to me than most of you will ever understand. Has it been easy? No. Has it been worth it? Absolutely. Will I ever be able to fully realise what I’ve achieved? Probably not.

Continue reading “It’s time to say goodbye | Está na hora de me despedir”

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Why I’m in Brazil (part 2)

Hello extro & introverts! (Tradução embaixo)

I just finished watching a TED talk by Susan Cain, whose book ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking‘ I’ve read (but not quite finished yet, as it’s a difficult book for me to read). I thought it would be interesting, and maybe more so, important, to highlight to both introverts and extroverts the strengths of introverts, what they go through, and how it influenced my decision to move to Brazil Continue reading “Why I’m in Brazil (part 2)”

Life two years after last seeing my sister | A vida 2 anos após ver a minha irmã pela última vez

Hello folks! (Português embaixo)

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! I’m currently in Finland and having a blast with family, relatives and friends, not to mention a pretty cold weather with snow! The last time it was like this was years and years ago.

Continue reading “Life two years after last seeing my sister | A vida 2 anos após ver a minha irmã pela última vez”

Home sweet none | Lar doce ar

Hello peeps! (Em português embaixo.)

The favourite question people seem to like to ask me wherever I go is “where is home for you?”. Up until now, I’ve been kinda perplexed by the amount of confusion that starts tumbling around in my head every time I get asked this question. Surely, after having moved around so much, this question shouldn’t catch me by surprise? I think I might have just gotten the answer to this, as there’s apparently a group of people to which I belong and didn’t even know about! Continue reading “Home sweet none | Lar doce ar”

I’m 8% Brazilian! | Sou 8% brasileiro!

Hello folks! (tradução embaixo)

It’s been quite a while since my last post. Perhaps it could be attributed to the settling-in effect, where I’m no longer feeling like a total stranger in some strange faraway lands. As it now stands, I’ve officially lived in Brazil for 2 1/2 years. Two-and-a-half. That’s nearly 10% of my life!

Continue reading “I’m 8% Brazilian! | Sou 8% brasileiro!”

Fitting in? Not my cup of tea. | Se encaixar? Não é a minha praia.

Yeah, I always knew I didn’t really fit in. And not just because I was, for all intents and purposes, born without parents. My childhood was full of the type of curiosity I’m sure didn’t come across most kids’ minds at the time. (tradução embaixo)

Continue reading “Fitting in? Not my cup of tea. | Se encaixar? Não é a minha praia.”

A globetrotter’s dilemma: Celebrate or not? | O dilema dos globetrotters: Comemorar ou não?

Hello folks! Happy Walpurgis! (Swedish: Vappen, Finnish: Vappu) (Tradução em baixo)

Today, April 30, and tomorrow, May 1, some of us in Europe celebrate what’s known as Walpurgis! This is one of the four largest celebrations in Finland, and it is particularly celebrated by students (unfortunately, usually with way too much booze). This brings up the question, to celebrate or not to celebrate? Continue reading “A globetrotter’s dilemma: Celebrate or not? | O dilema dos globetrotters: Comemorar ou não?”

Going home after nearly a year! | Voltarei pra casa depois de quase um ano!

Hi folks! Usually, I’m not as excited to travel as I’m right now. And for good reasons, since I left Europe in February and have spent all this time since in Brazil. A lot has changed during this time, with me having finished my first year of my Master’s, moved to another place, having got to know new people, and basically become fluent (with errors) in Portuguese.

Continue reading “Going home after nearly a year! | Voltarei pra casa depois de quase um ano!”

In Brazil, I’m a leftie (and other cultural differences) | No Brasil, sou canhoto (e outras diferenças culturais)

Hello peeps! It recently struck me that I haven’t generally talked a lot about common cultural differences. Sure, they might not be that big or different from what I’ve seen before, but there are small things here and there that start standing out on a daily basis.

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