A Chris in Brazil

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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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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…

A month of 2015 studies, really becoming Brazilian, and Easter

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Happy Easter! It’s holiday now, but since I don’t have classes on Thursdays and Fridays anyway, it’s not all that different from usual. But, less homework because a lot of people go home to their families, which, in Brazil, can take longer than for me to get home to The Netherlands! Continue reading…

Pre-Christmas in Rio, saying hi to Christ the Redeemer, climbing a sugarloaf and riding a woman-only metro

Hi from Copacabana in Rio! Merry almost-Christmas! I’ll post more photos from here later, since I’m not at home yet and have a lot to edit. Anyway, it’s been a good and awesome four days here in this incredible city. Continue reading “Pre-Christmas in Rio, saying hi to Christ the Redeemer, climbing a sugarloaf and riding a woman-only metro”

Intimately Brazil – Hosting skin-burrowing parasite for 2 weeks

Hello peeps!

You hear a lot of horror stories of people who visit jungles, only to return with egg-laying insects under their skins (that burst open). While  I’ve not been to any jungle lately (or ever), I still managed to amass such an experience, which, to me, is more funny than horrible ( 😛 ). Any experience is an experience (as long as it doesn’t kill you). What literally got under my skin was a “Bicho-de-pé”, or a “Chigoe flea“; a parasitic artropod native to South America and some other places. Continue reading “Intimately Brazil – Hosting skin-burrowing parasite for 2 weeks”

Week 4: Robbing banks and pee on hands –that was not a part of my plans

Yeah, strange title. Anyway, hi! Olá todo mundo!

This week I’ve began my fourth week in Brazil! It’s strange how time flies and goes slow at the same time. Not slow as in boring, but lots has happened and I’m really quite exhausted already! It’s just as challenging as I warned myself about, so at least I know who to blame.

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Why I’m really here – Living with Social Phobia

Hey peeps! This will be a post aiming to explain some things some or most of you didn’t know.

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First week in Brazil

Hey peeps!

You may find it interesting that I haven’t yet regretted coming here! I’m sure that feeling’ll come sooner or later, but having been here soon a week makes for quite some first impressions at least. Perhaps the biggest so far has been how nice people are when I talk ear-bleeding Portuguese and then stare back at them like a destitute monkey when I understand about 0.1% of what they replied.

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En route

So today is finally the day. I’m currently sitting in the airport lounge at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, having just parted with my dad who’s also flying today, but to Ghana. I’m now looking at almost 24h en route, from Amsterdam to Rome with KLM, where I transfer to Alitalia that flies to Rio de Janeiro. Then I have quite a long bus ride ahead to get to Viçosa. And now for some photo spamming:

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