For those of you back in the UK I have had a piece published in July’s The Simple Things magazine. Check it out and let me know what you think.
BR14: A Rota dos Imigrantes is a series of documentaries airing on TV Brasil in June during the World Cup, with the idea being that an immigrant in Brazil from each country competing in the World Cup will be shown whilst visiting places with links to their homeland or fellow exiles who have made a life in Brazil. The series begins tonight and the first show features Japan and Costa Rica.
The reason I am plugging the show here is because I am excited to say that earlier this year I was invited to be the focus of the programme on England. My episode airs on 16th June at 7.30pm and whilst I don’t want to give too much away, all I’ll say is that I had the honour of meeting someone whose grandfather every Brazilian will thank for what he brought to their country.
Gringoes é um site que oferece espaço para que os estrangeiros comentem sobre a vida no Brasil. Enquanto muitos chegam lá com boas intenções – especiamente na página doFacebook – é justo dizer que o site ganhou uma má reputação por oferecer aos estrangeiros um fórum para vomitar toda a sua “bílis” expatriada.
Apenas uma hipérbole? Possivelmente, embora eu sugira a leitura de uma mensagem de fevereiro do ano passado em que alguém catalogou 66 razões para odiar viver no Brasil. Tudo bem que a mensagem foi postada na seção “desabafo”, mas a sua ferocidade (e banalidade) gerou muitas respostas exaltadas (a favor e contra) e o post já tem mais de 140 páginas.
Mark Hillary, um escritor britânico e blogueiro que vive no Brasil, respondeu com um artigo para o Huffington Post (e alguns meses depois publicou um livro com o mesmo tema), no qual ele apresenta um relato mais equilibrado do que é ser um estrangeiro no Brasil. Ele também questionou por que os expatriados, particularmente aqueles com um “ódio beirando a obsessão”, continuam se autoflagelando com o aparente “tormento” que é viver no exterior.
Este é segundo blog para o Brasil Post (Huffington Post) em português. Para continuar lendo, por favor clique neste link e vá para o site do Brasil Post.
This is an excerpt from my second post for the Brasil Post (Huffington post). To continue reading follow this link.
In the months prior to leaving Brazil I’d written about walking and psychogeography as means of finding new ways to see, explore and understand the complexities and unseen beauty of São Paulo. It was fitting then, that during those final few months I became increasingly aware of a stencilled call to arms which seemed to echo my own advocacy for urban exploration:
In the context of an iconic SP location like Parque Ibirapuera – where I took the photograph above – ‘ver a cidade’ (see the city) seems to convey a fairly straightforward observation: look how beautiful our city is. Continue Reading
Below is an English translation of my article for the Brasil Post (Huffington Post). Enjoy.
“Não existe amor em SP” (Love doesn’t exist in SP), sings Criolo in that beautiful song of his. I must admit, I was inclined to agree with him when my Paulistano wife and I first moved to São Paulo from London just over two years ago.
During my first few months here the city felt like an impenetrable and ugly concrete jungle whose dense canopy consisted solely of bland high-rises. And, of course, there was the bumper-to-bumper traffic, smelly rivers and turnstiles on buses, which even now still baffle me.
Much of this I recorded on my blog, the book is on the table, which I started after my wife and sister-in-law thought my stereotypically grumpy British observations provided an amusing outsider’s perspective on life in São Paulo. Continue Reading