2014 Update

Firstly – Happy New Year to all my visitors! It’s great to see that this blog still gets a lot of interest and has been able to help some people. I was excited to see its had over 10,000 hits since launching it!

I know that I haven’t been around for a while, so I thought I would share a little update.

Paulo and I have been together now for 4 years now, and in the UK for 2. He acquired his UK Visa in June 2012, so we are now looking to apply for our renewal which we give him ‘Indefinite leave to remain.’

After first moving to the UK we lived in Braintree for 1 1/2 years, which although being a small city, we loved! Since July of last year we have been living near Watford, London. We moved this way due to my new job (Which I’ve since left,) and are enjoying being closer to London!

The plan is to update this blog with information of our UK visa application soon. We are visiting Brasil soon which I’m excited about too!

All the best for 2014



2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Wow, It’s getting cold here in Campo Grande. We left record-breaking April heats in England expecting it to be boiling hot here, but winter seems to have come sooner than expected in our city!

We are looking to move to Rio, where the sun is still shining! So anyone who’s from there give me a shout! Would be great to meet some ‘gringo’s’ before we move!


Learning Portuguese!

So its time to bite the bullet and learn Portuguese. Well, i think with a strong sense of motivation, and a good memory your going to be fine! However, for those who struggle to find motivation to turn the alarm clock off in the morning (thats me,) Take a look at my new page ‘LEARNING’ for some great sites, tips and other advice!


And the rain continues…

Well bloggers. As you can see from the video above, the rain is starting to cause problems here in Campo Grande. This video was taken relatively close to where i live, on the main road leading to ‘Centro.’

This water does go away relatively quickly once the rain stops, but, it’s not stopping!

Lets hope it all clears up before ‘Carnaval’ weekend!

Carnaval ‘Lul’

The whole of Brazil is anxiously waiting the arrival of ‘Carnaval’ (even if its just for a few days of work!) Here in my city the celebrations start Friday and finish Saturday, where as in bigger cities the celebrations will go on for much longer!

We sadly are not traveling as my partner is working throughout the celebrations.

Personally, I’m feeling a bit of a ‘Lul.’ Being an English teacher, many students, and in-fact universities, Opt not to re-start learning until after Carnaval. This means no students, which means no work, so I’ve been spending my days trying to keep busy.

I am looking forward to the excuse of partying more than normal, and of course seeing the little celebrations we have here! Maybe we’ll be able to fly next week to Rio to see the top 6 schools perform in some kind of unofficial Carnaval! Watch this space!

Rain Rain Rain!

You may have already heard that here in Brazil the temperatures can get into their mid to high 40s every day throughout summer. What you may not have heard is Brazil’s summer is also named the ‘Rainy Season’

Certainly here in Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do sul the rain is on a daily basis, with the last 5 days being all day, everyday – Not nice!

We have been lucky enough to avoid those horrific scenes some of you may have seen on the News in Rio and Sao Paulo – My thoughts are with them.

Here in Campo Grande the rain has been causing a leaking roof at home, small rivers on all main roads, flooded car parks, and a continuous rain INSIDE my place of work….

Lets hope the coming weeks bring us more sun, or at least dry days, especially for the Carnival holiday weekend approaching us!

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