• "A man's errors are his portals of discovery"
    James Joyce.

Olinda, Carnaval 2012.

My first Carnival in Brazil

Brazil, Brazil, Brazil, is it just me, or does it seem to be all about, erm… Brazil at the moment?  God, it’s kind of boring is it not? And just as you were getting sick and tired of hearing about the Brazil word, just as Europe sinks deeper into depression, just as the Government of… … Continue reading

The bang of the bateria and the call of Carnaval

It´s the eve of the biggest party in the world. The pre-carnaval celebrations are and the bloco parties here in BH have served their purpose and whet the appetite, they are just a drop in the ocean compared to the partying and the madness that will rise from the streets and the beaches of Brazil. … Continue reading

English Classes and free Guinness!

Learn english with AnIrishman InBrazil here in BH English courses for Brazilian adults:I have the following times available: Tuesdays & Thursdays – 2pm Tuesdays – 6pm Fridays – Between 3.30 & 7pm.Reserve your classes before Carnaval and get a free pint of Guinness!Cheers!Keith.    

NFL e a Conexão Brasileira

Só para mostrar que eu sei todas as últimas fofocas, relacionamentos de famosos e etc. Estava lendo a “Folha de São Paulo”, meu jornal brasileiro favorito. E claro, falava-se sobre a final da NFL, a liga de futebol americano dos EUA. Para minha surpresa, descubro que a modelo Gisele Bundchen é casada com o quarterback do time … Continue reading

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The NFL Final and the Brazilian connection

It just goes to show you how interested I am in gossip, entertainment affairs, etc etc. I’m reading Sunday’s ‘Folha De Sao Paolo’, my fav Brazilian newspaper. Of course, there is talk of tonight’s NFL final. And to my surprise I find that Brazil’s model Gisele Bundchen is married to Tom Brady, the quarterback of … Continue reading

Brazil v Ireland – The beer game

The one thing that you’ll notice when you visit one of BH’s million botecos (pubs) is the extremely oversized beer fridges, given free of charge by the beer companies in order to show off their products. Illuminating from the fridges are the accompanying oversized digital temperature readers, informing the whole world, that yes!, our beer … Continue reading

What is there eat now?

The priest and the wolves

The moon is running now. It toys with them, flying through their world. Nothing stops it. It cheats the night of its darkness, robs the waters silent sleep and coats the mountains with a silvery cape.   Bounding across land they chase, sprinting, large and fast, scaling mountains, jumping ravines, zig zagging the trees. Their … Continue reading

Having ‘a pint’ (of Guinness) in Belo Horizonte

When I came to Belo Horizonte, I really didn’t mind that there were no Irish bars. In fact I was quite happy. Foreign bars, especially Irish ones are a magnet for the gringos, not that I have anything against my fellow gringos, but I just didn’t want to be sucked into an ex-pat society, I’ve been … Continue reading

Lavras Novas 131

Escaping from Belo Horizonte

Let’s be honest, Belo Horizonte is not so pretty, but it wasn’t always the way, not so long ago, it was nicknamed ‘The Garden City’. BH was once filled with one storey houses, gardens and parks. But it seems soon after it was constructed and called the capital of Minas Gerais state, they decided not … Continue reading