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A roller coaster called World Cup

A roller coaster called World Cup

By on July 16, 2014 in Brazil, Thoughts with 0 Comments

One week before the start of the soccer tournament, my friends and I landed in Rio de Janeiro coming from the U.S. I have to say that, to our surprise, we didn’t find the World Cup atmosphere we were expecting to see in Brazil. On the streets, there was little to no signs that one […]

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10 things you didn’t know about Los Angeles

10 things you didn’t know about Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of my absolute favorite cities in America and the place I currently call home. In addition to being one of the world’s most popular destinations for tourists (and artists), the city is also one of the most instagrammed places on the planet! Even if you feel like you know everything about […]

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The most visited countries in the world

The most visited countries in the world

By on May 24, 2014 in Travel Culture with 0 Comments

Do you know where people around the world go on vacation? This map from Movehub shows the number of visitors each country receives every year. France is the most popular destination on the planet, receiving more than 81.4 million tourists annually. The United States, which occupies the second position, receives 20 million less tourists than […]

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Ice cream, gelato and sorbet: do you know the difference?

Ice cream, gelato and sorbet: do you know the difference?

By on May 10, 2014 in Cultural Curiosities with 0 Comments

The time I spent in Europe not only taught me a lot about sparkling wines, but also about ice creams. As it turns out, not all ice creams are created equal! Here are the main differences among these delicious frozen desserts: Ice Cream Ice creams have a custard base of water, milk, cream, sugar, egg […]

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False anglicisms in Portuguese – Pt. 1

False anglicisms in Portuguese – Pt. 1

By on May 1, 2014 in Language Learning with 1 Comment

Everybody knows that people around the world borrow words and phrases from the English language and incorporate them into their own languages. These borrowed words and phrases are called Anglicisms. In some cases, the spelling and meaning of the words borrowed are maintained. In the Portuguese language, for instance, words such as marketing, laser, slogan, […]

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Are Brazilians Latinos?

Are Brazilians Latinos?

By on April 18, 2014 in Brazil, Thoughts with 0 Comments

This question may not make a whole lot of sense to Brazilians living in Brazil or in other parts of the world, but Brazilians who live in the United States (like myself) will surely recognize its importance. In America, we need to fill out a form almost everywhere we go and one of the questions […]

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What’s the best country to be born in?

What’s the best country to be born in?

By on April 10, 2014 in Thoughts with 0 Comments

Have you ever thought about how the place where you were born influences your life? Would you prefer to be born in Switzerland or Nigeria? Ireland or Liberia? Without doing anything to deserve it, a baby born in Denmark, for instance, will have free health care during his whole life, access to a high-quality education […]

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Things NOT to do in Brazil

Things NOT to do in Brazil

By on March 23, 2014 in Brazil, Travel Culture with 0 Comments

…and what to do instead. Some useful―and not so useful―tips for foreigners traveling to Brazil. 1. Don’t…underestimate the country’s size Brazil is the 5th largest country on Earth. And while most Brazilians live within 300 kilometers of the coast, the country has the longest coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. In other words, distances can be considerable. […]

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Are you a tourist or a traveler?

Are you a tourist or a traveler?

By on February 16, 2014 in Thoughts with 0 Comments

This question has been generating heated debates for some time now. I believe that this tourist vs. traveler dichotomy has being resurfacing so often because people are becoming more aware of alternative ways to travel, besides pre-arranged travel packages. The infographic below supposedly shows some of the differences between the mentality of a tourist and that […]

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Common things I heard in France

Common things I heard in France

By on February 9, 2014 in Cultural Curiosities, France with 0 Comments

The following are some words, expressions and sounds that I frequently heard while studying abroad in Paris. Bonjour! Bonjour is the most common form of greeting in French and it literally means good (bon) day (jour). However, bonjour is used as hello, good morning and good afternoon. If you’d like to say “have a nice […]

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