Of all my travels, I have had the most delightful interaction with the residents here.
Granted, it's important to remember that I live in a city that doesn't get overrun by tourists, so the locals are certainly curious when they meet a foreigner here.
My average monthly expenditures on the basics (rent, internet, cell, electricity, food, clothing, etc.) run a little over R00 and my frivolous expenses (the pool, socializing and other entertainment, the occasional movie or pedicure) are about R0.-What do you think about the Brazilians?
I have traveled a fair bit and lived in Ireland and England for a year.
That said, I have been welcomed by so many Brazilians—into their homes, to attend their weddings and parties, or just to engage in conversation at a bar.
When I arrived, I had all this vocabulary and basic grammar rules floating around in my head, but putting it into practice has been another matter entirely.As for portuguese lessons, I'm sure you can find someone in Canela to teach you privately though I don't have a name for you.There is a school in Santa Cruz, not too far away, that does intensive programs.If it weren't for my exhausting list of positives, I wouldn't be here.seems like a contradiction: the haves and have-nots; the struggle for better system and the corruption; the warm hospitality and the high crime rate; a person who is simultaneously liberal and conservative; some of the world's best and worst health care. Americans tend to speak very directly, and the closer the relationship, the more candor is expected.I haven't reached the planning stage, as I feel comfortable here for now.However, I have lots of ideas of things I'd still like to experience.At some point, I might move to Rio (my second choice), but I am content here for now.-Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived? I capitalized on the great insurance I had through my former employer and had all of my physicals and foreseeables conducted before my departure. I am very careful when I cut fruit and cross the street.-How do you make your living in Brazil? I have been supplementing my savings with travel writing.A recently-launched site geared toward independent women travelers found my blog and approached me to contribute.My blog is My Life in Havaianas and I am a contributor at Galavanting. I found your blog facinating, particularly as I am planning to move to Porto Alegre in the very near future. I have some expat friends here that are teaching in language schools and also some "real teachers" (i.e.Do you have any advice on finding teaching jobs in Porto Alegre? former elementary/high school teachers) that are teaching at Pan American here. Also, when are you arriving, where are you coming from, and what's your story? Loquinha, Thank you so much for the your depiction of Porto Alegre.