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On Strike!

Erik

July 9, 2014

Every day, from 11 to 1, a huge number of students wait in line for lunch at UFPI's main cafeteria. Although the food is never anything special - usually it's rice, beans, salad and some part of a chicken or cow - the government subsidizes the price, so students depend on it for their meals. For the p...

Crack Open a Cold One

Erik

May 5, 2014

How do you like your beer?  Here's how people in Teresina prefer it: Like a wedding dress  (Como vestido de noiva) Like a concrete worker's leg  (Como canela de pedrero) Like a seal's rear-end  (Como cú de foca) Teresinenses expect their beer to be cold.  So cold, in fact, that i...

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Erik

March 17, 2014

Looking for a place to live here has got me wondering whether the phrase "everything but the kitchen sink" has its origins in Brazil. Apartments and houses for rent in Brazil are generally unfurnished.  That would be fine, except that unfurnished here means that everything that can be removed has be...

Halloween Times One Thousand

Halloween Times One Thousand

Erik

March 9, 2014

Name three things that come to mind when you think of Brazil. Is Carnaval one of them? I got my first taste of this over-the-top celebration last weekend. On Saturday, Teresina held Corso, which is a sort of warm-up to the real Carnaval festivities that start tomorrow. When all of us ETAs - Anna,...

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Salvador da Bahia

Erik

March 9, 2014

As I wait in Miami International Airport, it's hard to imagine what the next ten months in Brazil have in store. I'm sure now that the experience will be positive, but I wasn't so sure earlier. This summer, the Fulbright program accepted me as an English teaching assistant in Brazil as part of an...

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