Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in São Paulo:
Like-minded people are not always similar to you so I always think it’s worth talking to anyone. Most of my friends are Brazilian now but I also know a lot of foreigners, there’s such a mix of people in São Paulo, you meet new people every day!
I guess things just work a little bit better in the UK and this makes life lot more easier, convenient and less stressful. Unfortunately, we take these things for granted in the UK, but although stuff like Brazilian bureaucracy can be extremely frustrating I've found that really it just makes life a little bit more interesting – once the initial rage subsides!
I would set up safe familiar situations for myself, recreating a little England in my 19th floor apartment. I would cook Sheppard’s pie and watch Antiques Road show. Then I would also have moments of clarity when I would think, ´I´m in BRAZIL, this is amazing!’ as I drank a caiprihina and spoke hesitant basic Portuguese.
Spending some time immersing yourself in the culture will help you better understand and embrace your foreign surroundings. From Brazilian cuisine to museums and art, there are plenty of opportunities in Sao Paulo to take it all in.
It’s not a horrid concrete jungle just because there’s no beautiful scenery like other Brazilian cities. And it’s also not as dangerous as a lot of people make it sound. The negativity some people bring with them (esp. expats who are ‘forced’ to live here) puts a damper on their experiences.
I think I was as prepared as I could be. I had the advantage that I had been to Brazil before and was fluent in the language and familiar with the culture, and I had my partner who grew up in São Paulo. There’s only so much preparation you can do beforehand though. Most of your learning occurs once you’re there.