U.S. is the Number One Source of Immigrants to Brazil

Thinking of working abroad? Consider Brazil. More and more people are moving there as a result of Brazil’s growing economy, coupled with a severe lack of skilled workers and the economic crises wreaking havoc (and unemployment) in the United States and Europe.

Best English-Language Blogs about Brazil

Michael Sommers shares some interesting English language blogs that, instead of focusing on expat lives, shine a light on various themes or topics related to Brazil, its politics, economy, culture, and society. Taken together, these make for insightful, entertaining, and informative reading for Brazilianists of all stripes.

The Lives and Blogs of Expats in Brazil

Many of these expat blogs offer rich glimpses into life in Brazil—not just for those toying with the idea of living here, but for travelers interested in visiting Brazil, armchair Brazilianists, and readers with a penchant for postcards from the edge penned by 21st-century adventurers.

When Lightning Strikes

Forget floods and mudslides. What most people don’t know about Brazil is that it’s the country where you’re most likely to be zapped by lightning.

Safety Issues: How Safe is Brazil?

As someone who lives in Brazil, and writes about Brazil, one of the most frequent questions Michael Sommers gets from non-Brazilians is about the safety of the country. The honest answer is that security is an issue, but there are also many precautions that can be taken to avoid crime.

Summer of Scam: Beware of Card Cloning

One day in December, Michael Sommers logged on to his Citibank account and was shocked to discover that he had $3 in his checking account and $9 in his savings account. His heart racing, he checked his account activity and saw that there had been six withdrawals, over two days, from a Banco do Brasil, during which all of his money had been extracted. And then it hit him: his card had been cloned.

On the Go with a Baby in Brazil, Part 1

Marissa Cortes, a New Yorker who authors the Travels With Lulu blog, decided to travel through Brazil for several months with her 10-month old daughter Lulu. Michael Sommers interviews Marissa about her experience as a young woman traveling solo with her baby.

Burn-Free in Brazil: It’s All in the Application

While the Brazilian government has done an admirable job in the creation of low-cost generic drugs and medications for the masses, in Brazil, sunscreen is sold as a cosmetic for a decidedly upscale clientele. In this article, author Michael Sommers discusses the high rate of skin cancer in Brazil and reminds travelers to pack the sunscreen.