- File Size: 5947 KB
- Print Length: 232 pages
- Publication Date: December 10, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C5UM628
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
American Exbrat in São Paulo Kindle Edition
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This book is aimed at foreigners moving to Brazil as expat contract hires. While it's very specific to that group of people, a large portion of the book is useful for any foreigner moving to São paulo for any amount of time. This is one of the few (if not the only) book(s) written by a foreigner living in Brazil for foreigners thinking about living in Brazil. If you fit that mould, this is as must-have.
As 'foreigners' who have lived here before I found myself constantly nodding my head while I was reading, agreeing with everything Maggie wrote, and often laughing out loud at the humor with which she wrote it. She is absolutely right in telling you that you need to hang on to your sense of humor when you are dealing with this complicated and confusing, and so often maddening culture!
The book is written with specific information about Sao Paulo, but the cultural, practical and finanacial advice is still usefull and very insightful for any part of Brazil. She touches on ways to make sure your transition and first year in the country can be made easier through understanding what's going on in Brazilian's heads (which can be such a mystery to those of us from the US or UK!), and reminds us of the importance to venture outside of our 'exbrat bubble'.
Her section on meetings and working with Brazilians was priceless! My husband confirms that all of it is precisely true, and had to spend a very hard first year or two learning that his Scottish mentality of hard work and punctuality just doesn't translate here. He has learned to 'go with the flow', but he still gets frustrated. Some days that sense of humor is harder to rely on than others! If he had read this book before arriving that first time, he would have saved himself so much metaphorical head-banging!
We also laughed through the section about birthday parties. We are still shocked by them! I don't think we'll ever get used to the outlandish, over the top, unnecessary, and incredibly expensive extravaganzas we've experienced for one, two and three year olds! When you read this part, you may not believe she's telling the truth, but there is not one word of exaggeration in her words.
Brilliant book, and a very good look into Sao Paulo and Brazil in general whether you're moving here, thinking about living here, or just curious. Maggie has written a very good book that can not only help your transition, but can help you see what so many of us have come to love about living here.
The book highlights important aspects, the good and bad things, and what you have to be careful about. But in the end you'll see that Ms Foxhole prefers to face with humor and focus on the positive aspects of her adventure, showing what you can get when you decide to leave your comfort zone and embrace your new (or temporary) home.
The description about the crazy birthday parties and play dates are really funny, as the observations about plastic surgeries. Also, the chapter about employees (maids, nannies etc) are updated, with important information about the new law.
If you follow this guide you'll never be bothered on weekends and holidays, always having a place, park, or museum to visit.
Thank you, Ms Foxhole, for this honest portrait of São Paulo :). I'm looking forward to reading more books from you. You're an excellent writer.
It is a very honest guide; it highlights and explains both negative and positive sides with São Paulo in a relaxed and helpful way. Maggie has managed to put words to things that I have struggled to explain. An extra plus is that the author is actually a great story teller, which makes the book a breeze to read!
I highly recommend this for anyone who is thinking of coming here, but also as an insightful book to share with relatives and friends who are curious about your new home.
This book gave an accurate picture of the adjustments an American faces. I visited many of the places and faced the situations she mentions. I loved her humorous outlook and the many tips she gave about places to visit, foods to eat, and the positive aspects of this amazing city and country.