A Chris in Brazil

Welcome to a blog of experiences, challenges and personal discoveries in Brazil



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)”

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”

Growing up in Brazil | Crescer no Brasil

Hello folks! (tradução embaixo)

As the Czech proverb goes,

“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”

Last week, I did something I could not have imagined myself doing even a year ago. I held a presentation in Portuguese for the first time in my life! It was about my thesis project in general, so sure, a subject I am comfortable with… in English. It made me realise something I kind of had forgotten about.

And yes, the picture should say “you live a new life”.

Continue reading “Growing up in Brazil | Crescer no Brasil”

I speak better Swedish after I moved to Brazil | Melhorei em sueco após mudar pro Brasil

Hello folks! (tradução embaixo)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said:

Those who know nothing of foreign languages, know nothing of their own.

Continue reading “I speak better Swedish after I moved to Brazil | Melhorei em sueco após mudar pro Brasil”

My crazy, awesome polyglot world. | O meu mundo poliglota bacana e doido.

I’m just going to say it. I don’t even have a Brazilian girlfriend and I’ve managed to learn Portuguese. Alright, so what’s all this sudden excitement about? Well, my parents recently came to Brazil for a week and a half. They suddenly saw a side of me that they have never seen before (and that I had never thought of). Continue reading “My crazy, awesome polyglot world. | O meu mundo poliglota bacana e doido.”

A Chris in China | Um Chris na China

Hello peeps all over the world!

It’s been a bit more than three weeks since I left Brazil for holiday. Now I’m 17,000 km away from where I started, after an initial about 9,000 km and 2 weeks in Finland. That is, I’m in China, where I went to attend a good friend’s wedding in Zhengzhou, and touring China a bit since I’m already here. Continue reading “A Chris in China | Um Chris na China”

2 years a Portuguese newbie | 2 anos como um novato em português

Hello world! Today marks exactly 2 years since I first jumped into the Portuguese language. With it being my very first Romance/Latin language, it was certainly exciting. Since Portuguese belongs to a language family I had never familiarised myself with before, it really felt like a whole new world!

Continue reading “2 years a Portuguese newbie | 2 anos como um novato em português”

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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The cost of different | O custo de ser diferente

Hello dear readers! (Tradução abaixo)

Well, meltdowns are always fun, right? I thought this would be a good opportunity to highlight to people the level of difficulty of what I’m doing and explaining just how high the costs are for living the way I live, with my background and problems I live with every day.

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