Between 2005 and 2012 I worked in the UK as a social worker supporting refugees to settle into life in the UK, then in February 2012 I became a migrant myself when I moved to São Paulo in Brazil. As such I thought it would be fun to write a blog to see whether I listened to any of the advice that I had given to so many others in the UK – and also to see whether it was of any use in the first place!

 

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Walking the Minhocão

The Minhocão (known officially as Via Elevado Presidente Costa e Silva), is a 2.2 mile (3.5km) long elevated highway that perhaps exemplifies best how São Paulo came to privilege driving […]

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The walker as explorer in São Paulo’s concrete jungle

Shortly after moving to São Paulo I started Portuguese lessons at FAAP, a university opposite the Pacaembu football stadium that is about 6km (3.5 miles) from where I […]

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Reading between the lines

On Saturday, the Brazil Character Lab, a twitter profile that provides links to blogs, articles and news related to Brazil, started what became a fairly heated debate when it […]

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Mocidade throw street party to celebrate anniversary of our arrival in São Paulo.

Back in the heady days of February 2012, when I first arrived in São Paulo, a particularly vivid memory was that of witnessing the entire Mocidade samba school march down our street […]

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The quirks and challenges of being a foreigner in Brazil.

Perhaps, to my eyes at least, the only distinguishable ‘outsiders’ are those from the city’s growing Bolivian community, whom are recognisable by their distinctive indigenous features. Maybe this is […]

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Brazil’s war on peace and quiet

6am, Sunday 16th December 2012 I am awoken by a volley of explosions which, despite my state of half-consciousness, give the impression that some armament has been detonated somewhere in the […]

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Expat or immigrant?

Two things happened on Tuesday (18th) that made me think a bit about my status here in Brazil. Firstly, it was International Migrants Day, a UN ‘celebration’ which […]

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The coolest thing about São Paulo is…

Does anything of note stand out in the photo below? A city skyline? A beautifully crisp sunny day? An abundance of high-rise buildings? The haze of smog above […]

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São Paulo to become the Paris of South America.

The Estado do São Paulo, or Estadão, is a broadsheet newspaper with the second highest circulation in São Paulo (and fifth in Brazil), so it’s a serious source […]

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In defence of São Paulo

Recently a friend visited from London and I took him on a mini-trip of Brazil and Argenitna, starting in Rio and ending in Buenos Aires (and stopping off […]

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