My love affair with Brazil started when I met a Brasileiro (Brazilian man) and fell in love with him. Three years later we are now married and moving to São Paulo. Brazil and I have known each other for over two years now but this is a major step in our relationship. I, like the majority of Americans, hardly knew anything about Brazil. I at least knew that Brazilians spoke portuguese (Thank you Latin American Studies 101) which is more than I can say for most. But as I’ve traveled back and forth from Brazil over the years our relationship has grown and I have fallen in love with Brazil. Not to say our relationship hasn’t had it ups and downs like most relationships but through it all we are committed to one another. Moving to São Paulo will be an interesting step for me because out of all of the cities I’ve visited in Brazil, I know São Paulo the least. To be honest my first impression of São Paulo was that it was ugly. But I hope to look deeper into São Paulo and see if I can find some beauty underneath this massive metropolis. So now I begin my Journey…



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  1. Terea…

    I moved to Sao Paulo from Rio de Janeiro in 2001. I also had the same first impression of the city. After years I can say: Sao Paulo IS ugly! However – and there is a huge HOWEVER – I found wonderful people living here that – in some weird manner – compensates this.

    Don’t waste your time giving a chance to the “city”. Spend your time with the people. You will love them!

    Welcome to Brazil.

  2. Hi, do you have an email address where I could reach you? I’d love to ask you some questions about travelling in Brazil. Thanks so much! – Frank

  3. I love your blog! The posts are very interesting! I am an American girl and I met a Brazilian boy on my University’s soccer team (of course) about 1 1/2 ago and he has been my boyfriend for a year and 2 months now. He is from Sao Paulo and this coming Christmas break in a few weeks I will be going to Brazil for the first time to meet his family and see where he is from. I am so excited! I would love to know more about how you and your husband met. I have so many questions I want to ask you too! Is there anywhere I can email you?

    Obrigada, Aubry 🙂

  4. Hello,

    I am posting this in hopes that someone can guide me in the right direction. I am American of course, living in Sao Paulo with my Brazilian husband whom I met in America. He was deported back to Brazil and and I came here after him. We have no money ( I work full time teaching English) but it is never enough financially to survive. My husband is a struggling artist and makes one minimum wage salary per month.

    I need to find a lawyer who is either super cheap or free and who can help me with my paperwork so I can get legalized here in Brazil.

    Also we are lacking basic things for our home such as a sofa, pots and pans, cloths items etc. We went to many of the brechos and they are still either too expensive or the quality of the items is so poor that it looks like it was taken right from the trash. Does anyone know of a place that sells used items that are in good working condition that cheap but not taken from someones trash and being resold?

    Are there any American communities in the city of Sao Paulo that help Americans in desperate situations?



    • Hi Devorah, how do you do? i hope good.
      So, am a Brazilian who lived in your country for 11 years (NYC) and now living here in Brazil (Sao Luis – Ma).
      I want to help you.
      First: go to http://www.mindsidiomas.com.br/ and find the better place to work.
      That’s School pay a high salary for american teachers. (around r$ 4.000,00 or more).
      Here in my city, the salaries is nice and you can live well.
      For 2 people, you need to have around 3.000,00 reais to live well.
      About a lawyer, please, ask your husband about http://www.cami-spm.com.br/ de Sao Paulo.
      I hope you’ll find help.
      May God bless you.

    • Hi ALSP,

      I too married a Brazilian and lived in São Paulo for five years … many years ago. Are you familiar with American Wives of Brazilians? I will be taking a trip back soon would love to reconnect with the local groups.

      Glad you’re making it work and enjoying it!


      • I am not familiar with the American Wives of Brazilians group. Do you have their contact information so I can get in touch with them?

  5. Hello! I am a Canadian from Vancouver who moved to Sao Paulo at the end of August 2012. I got a job teaching English like you did but at Cellep, in October. As well as you, I live in Villa Madalena with my wife who is Brazilian. I would love to hear back from you and maybe meet some day to exchange stories, experiences and advice on survival here.

    I hope to hear from you! I really like your blog.

  6. Hi, how are you?
    We have found your blog and think that it is really interesting!
    You know that FITUR 2014, the International Tourism Trade Fair, has launched its “TRAVEL BLOGGER 2014” Competition, which this year will extend its search for the best bloggers from amongst candidates on the American Continent and throughout the European Union.
    Those who are interested in taking part in the Competition can enter their candidacy between 4th and 26th November through the app integrated into the FITUR page, http://travelblogger.es/en/2014/ . In order to be able to pass through to the following stage, the blogger must obtain at least 50 votes through Facebook or Twitter throughout the same period.
    In order to take part, contestants simply need to be of adult age and possess legal residence in any country throughout the American Continent or the European Union (except for Spain, given that another series of initiatives has been reserved for Spanish bloggers that the trade fair will be announcing shortly).
    We are waiting for you!
    Have a nice day and smile more! 😉

  7. Hi ALSP,

    I too married a Brazilian and lived in São Paulo for five years … many years ago. Are you familiar with American Wives of Brazilians? I will be taking a trip back soon would love to reconnect with the local groups.

    Glad you’re making it work and enjoying it!


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