Moving Your Possessions to Brazil

With the exception of books, which can be sent quite cheaply by mail, shipping possessions to Brazil from North America is very expensive. Michael Sommers lets you know what to look for in a shipping company and what to keep in mind when making your move.

A Brief History of Brazilian Cinema

Films have always been very popular in Brazil. Author Michael Sommers covers the history of Brazilian cinema, from 1930s romances to the state-subsidized industry begun in the 1960s to the latest crop of critically acclaimed films being produced in the country’s current studios.

LGBT Life in Brazil

Many gay and lesbian foreigners associate Brazil with images of transvestites, Carnaval drag queens, and the muscle boys of Ipanema and allow themselves to think that Brazil is a very gay-friendly place. In reality, it is and it isn’t. Living abroad expert Michael Sommers discusses Brazilian cultural attitudes toward LGBT individuals.

Life in Brazil

Although the financial opportunities are myriad, many expats who take up residence in Brazil do so for reasons that are more romantic than rational. Michael Sommers discusses the reality of what it takes to live happily in Brazil.

Foreigners in Brazil

Even though Brazil doesn’t receive as many immigrants as the United States and Canada, Brazilians themselves are incredibly welcoming to foreigners. As an expat, author Michael Sommers has firsthand experience of what it’s like to adjust to life in Brazil.

Driving in Brazil: Pros and Cons

Whether you’re moving abroad or simply visiting, driving in Brazil is not for the faint of heart. Author Michael Sommers covers the advantages and disadvantages of being behind the wheel in Brazil.

Important Housing Considerations in Brazil

The issue of housing is a complex one when planning a move to Brazil. For those interested in living abroad, author Michael Sommers covers the topics of crime, the elements, renting versus buying, and more.

Brazilian Portuguese

Living abroad expert Michael Sommers covers some of the differences between Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese spoken in Portugal, as well as the influence of other languages.

Brazil’s Beach Culture: Dos and Don’ts

In Rio, the beach is a fundamental part of life, and the locals abide by various cultural habits and codes. If you want to blend in, check out this list of dos and don’ts from Brazil expert Michael Sommers.

The Basics of Work Visas in Brazil

If you’re going to be doing any kind of work at all in Brazil—either paid or volunteer, with or without a contract—or you are participating in any type of training, internship, or residency program, you need to have a work visa. Author Michael Sommers shares the basics of Brazilian work visas.