“Tropa de Elite,” Ten Years Later

Tropa de Elite is one of the most viewed and highest-grossing films in Brazilian history. Released in 2007, the film launched the international fame of actor Wagner Moura, most recently known in the US for playing Pablo Escobar in the Netflix production Narcos. In Tropa de Elite, Moura stars as Capt. Nascimento of the Batalhão de Operações … More “Tropa de Elite,” Ten Years Later

Cultural Empathy

Mark Twain once said, “Traveling is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” The last point is my focus today. Living in a new country always involves some degree of culture shock; even more so when coupled with learning a language. I will admit there are a few customs that have required some adjustment during my … More Cultural Empathy

Adventures and Observations at the Immigration Museum of São Paulo

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to the recently renovated and reopened Immigration Museum in São Paulo. The informative and moving museum is in a beautiful building with an outdoor garden full of statues and fountains. But you would have never known it on the journey arriving there… My friend and I … More Adventures and Observations at the Immigration Museum of São Paulo

A relação bilateral Brasil-China (INFOGRAPHIC)

O Brasil se encontra numa situação interessante no âmbito de comércio internacional. Como muitos países, tem que lidar com certa dependência na China. Embora no caso do Brasil, essa dependência não seja de importações, como Estados Unidos e Europa, mas ao invés de exportações. China é o mercado principal de alimentos brasileiros: soja, carne e … More A relação bilateral Brasil-China (INFOGRAPHIC)

Cidade Maravilhosa

“Berço do samba e das lindas canções Que vivem n’alma da gente És o altar dos nossos corações Que cantam alegremente Cidade maravilhosa Cheia de encantos mil Cidade maravilhosa Coração do meu Brasil” -Andre Filho In his interpretation of Andres Filho’s famous song, Cidade Maravilhosa, renowned MPB artist Caetano Veloso describes Rio de Janeiro as … More Cidade Maravilhosa

Phone theft and other existential crises

As my colleague Chandler recently explained, the creativity that seems to permeate every aspect of life in Brazil has a darker side. Beyond the high-level corruption dominating national and international headlines, petty theft and robbery are incredibly common. I knew this before I came here, but in the last few weeks I’ve gotten comfortable in … More Phone theft and other existential crises