The Blog Roll is in an expanded format. These are selected Blogs, which offer relevant information for anyone interested in visiting or living in Brazil. The Blogs cover different cities and regions of Brazil.
UPDATED: January 2013
Fundação Esperanca – Coisas de Esperança
The informal Blog for an NGO located in Santarem, PA Brazil
Santarém – Tropcial Biodiversity: The Amazon
Photo blog of an old gringo at his small forest reserve, Bosque Santa Lúcia, near Santarém – Pará – Brazil.
Only 18km from the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers. Special attention given to the photography of tropical flora and fauna. This is not scientific research, only observations of what goes on in the forest and the surrounding area from day to day. Also and exPeace Corps Volunteer.
Salvador – What Am I Doing Here?
Raised in New England, I ended up in Brazil because I fell in love with a Bahiana who is now my wife and the mother of my child. The catalysts were Capoeira and a month between sublets in New York City.
The BRAZIL PORTAL is a comprehensive news aggregator. It covers Brazilian foreign and national affairs as well as environmental, economic, social, scientific and political issues in Brazil. The BRAZIL PORTAL is a non-partisan, independent project of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
“Brazilian born, French citizen, married to an American – I am your ultimate globetrotter. I lived most of my life in São Paulo – the crazy, impossible, lovely 17-million-people metropolis -, but travelled extensively around Brazil in search of sanity.
After concluding my studies (Biology and Journalism) at Universidade de São Paulo, I worked for several media projects – daily papers Folha de S. Paulo and Gazeta Mercantil, and Veja weekly magazine – and non-profit organizations – such as Instituto Socioambiental, Instituto Akatu and Greenpeace. I also worked with former congressman Fabio Feldmann, an outspoken environmentalist, and several Brazilian corporations, namely Banco Real (Santander Group).
During my two-year-period living in Paris, in the nineties, I worked for Radio France Internationale. Since 2004 I have lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
I authored or co-authored several books on Environmental issues – all of them published in Portuguese. I was also honored by the 2002 Reuters-IUCN Press award for Latin America and by the 2004 Prêmio Ethos.”
Eyes On Brazil (Has returned to the States but post occasionally about Brazil)
“Eyes On Brazil exists in order to give a deeper understanding of the Brazilian arts (as well as all things Brazilian) to an English-speaking audience. Personally, I’ve spent almost 10 years studying (and dreaming of) the sleeping South American giant known as Brazil. Seven of those 10 years were focused teaching myself Brazilian Portuguese, and as such, I consider myself fluent.”
On a secondary side note, I get a good amount of my copy from Wikipedia, just so you know!
Belo Horizonte – Give Us This Our Daily Mango
“This blog is about our family’s experience moving abroad. We are making lots of funny mistakes, and the name of this blog is one of them. It should have been “uma manga”. Oh well!” (added Apr 11)
RIO DE JANEIRO:
Niterói – Qualidade de Vida
“We arrived in Brazil in January, 2008 to start up a new chapter in our life together. Luiz has returned to his hometown and I’ve jumped into the deep end of the pool ready for anything. Let the fun begin!”
Hi, my name is John. Welcome to JohnInBrazil.org.“You probably don’t know all that much about Rio and Brazil, and some of what you think you know probably isn’t all that accurate, so this first post will present some basic facts about this wonderful place which I now call home.I am from the US but left late in 2008 and now make my home in Brazil. Currently I reside in Rio. Truthfully, I don’t generally care for big cities and didn’t think I’d like Rio as much as I do. But as my friend Greg (a frequent visitor to Rio) and I like to say: It doesn’t suck.”
Rio de Janeiro – Rachel’s Rants in Rio
“Momma, Wife, Woman, ex-Pat, American, Brazilian at heart, cranky, Sassy, Ridiculous… I’m just a big old mixing pot living life in Rio de Janeiro.”
(added Apr 11)
Rio and Nova Friburgo – Flowers and More
“Although I live in Brasil, Camillo and I have traveled in North America, South America and Europe extensively. I always take copious photos. I love flowers and gardens, and beautiful spaces. I want to share with you life in Brasil and share my photos. I hope you enjoy them and send me comments about your experiences.”
Rio de Janeiro – Rio Real (July 11)
“A constructive and critical view of Rio de Janeiro’s ongoing transformation /Uma visão construtiva e crítica da atual transformação do Rio de Janeiro”
Blog by American who has lived in Brazil since 1981
born again brazilian (Jan 13)
xWall Streeter, now writer, married to a Brazilian and living in Sao Paulo
A RECORD OF OUR MOVE TO BRAZIL.
Between the two of us we have lived in the UK, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. Our move to Brazil signifies our biggest move yet as we embrace a new culture and language with a 6 month old baby.
(For family and friends who have any interest and anyone who wants a guide, albeit from a personal viewpoint, on moving to Brazil.) (Apr 11)
The book is on the table (added 25 Jan 13)
Between 2005 and 2012 I worked with refugees and other migrants as a social worker in the UK. All of the people I met and worked with were in the UK for different reasons and it was always fascinating, and often very sad, to hear them talk about their lives.
However, it was also just as fun listening to what they thought about the UK, as well their accounts of how they were trying to adjust to life in a strange country whose way of life they were unaccustomed to and whose language they barely, for the most part, spoke upon arrival.
It was a fantastic job but unfortunately it was cut and so in February 2012, with my wife (who is Brazilian) needing to complete her degree back home, we decided to move to São Paulo.
Alas, I became a migrant myself and seeing as I had enjoyed listening to other people’s accounts of adjusting to life in a distant land, I thought it might be amusing (mainly for others) to write a blog about my own experiences of going through that process myself.
And so here it is. What follows is a tongue-in-cheek account of my life here in São Paulo and Brazil. I’m sure it’ll include tales about the very many embarrassing episodes I encounter along the way as well as stuff I discover that interests, shocks, intrigues and frustrates.
I guess it’ll also be interesting to see whether I listened to any of the advice that I gave to so many others in the UK. More importantly, was it of any use in the first place?