A Chris in Brazil

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



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”

Veni, vidi, vici | And now? | E agora?

Hello folks! (em português embaixo)

I’m happy to announce that I recently did my Master’s defence here at Universidade Federal de Viçosa! If I’ll be honest, it feels unreal, because remember that I started my Master’s degree in a language I had never spoken before! To be able to say that I’ve finished something like this, with all its challenges, difficulties and hardships, brings a lot of pride to me. So, what’s next? Continue reading “Veni, vidi, vici | And now? | E agora?”

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!”

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!”

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”

Brazil take 2 | O Brasil etapa 2

Hey folks! (tradução abaixo)

Since last blog post, I’ve managed to move twice, be homeless for 12h, commence my thesis project and make a dozen or so new friends. It’s been very tumultuous, which is why blogging hasn’t been a priority lately.

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It’s time to leave. Again. | Chegou a hora de ir embora. De novo.

Hello dear readers! (tradução abaixo)

Nearly a year has come and gone since I moved to Brazil. It’s been, for lack of a better expression, a heck of a ride. A lot has happened over a relatively short time, which seems to have gone both quick and slow at the same time! Continue reading…

This day one year ago | Este dia um ano atrás

Hello peoples of the world! (tradução abaixo)

Today is a special day. Or, well, only special for me. Today marks one year since I officially was bound for this brave, new part of the world. It’s the day I got accepted into UFV, the university I’ve been studying at since August last year. The amazing and weird part is how quickly the time has gone. I remember the last time I moved to a new country (Finland-Netherlands, in 2001), time seemed to go pretty slowly the first few years, but I’m not sure if that’s because I was younger. I did also move back to Finland in 2006 for a couple of years for military (civil) service, but that didn’t pass nearly as quickly either. So either I’m having lots of fun or I really am getting old!

Continue reading “This day one year ago | Este dia um ano atrás”

One year since application | Um ano atrás desde matricular

Hey people!

Happy Walpurgis Night (Swedish: Valborgsmässoafton; Finnish: Vappu)! Today is holiday in Finland and in some other countries, though unfortunately not in Brazil! Continue reading…

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