A Chris in Brazil

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



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?”

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”

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!”

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

Hello folks! (tradução abaixo)

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…

Finished, confused, relieved, Stockholm Syndrome| Acabou, confuso, aliviado, Síndrome de Estocolmo

Hi all! (tradução abaixo)

So… where should I start? Maybe the title? And no, I haven’t been kidnapped, but I’ll explain in a moment! Firstly, today marks my first day of holiday… kind of. I still have one more programming assignment to do and hand in, but no more lessons, no more tests, and no more obligation to go to campus this year! It’s been a few crazy end-of-year weeks lately, and I’ve barely had any sleep, fun or time to remember how to breathe. Up in the morning 7-8, home 18-19 o’clock, study and work until 2am.

Continue reading “Finished, confused, relieved, Stockholm Syndrome| Acabou, confuso, aliviado, Síndrome de Estocolmo”

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