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Hey there, welcome to my blog!

Oi, Olá! Have you always wanted to travel to Brazil to see what all the fuss is about? Why does it seem like everyone that visits Brazil falls in love with it? 

I’m here to show you why! And why it’s a destination that you should 100% need to have on your bucket list!

I’m Tarryn, a gringa living in Brazil, and the ultimate Brazil fan girl! I’m a 30-something year old from Cape Town, South Africa. Yes, the land of wild safari’s, Table Mountain, and magical scenery – also a place that deserves a spot on your bucket list! But I found my heart in Brazil. 

So you’re here, which means that you have some kind of interest in Brazil, whether it be where to visit, the best places to see, things to do around Brazil, or moving and living abroad in Brazil as an Expat/ Digital Nomad. This also means you’re needing to learn some Brazilian Portuguese. If any, or many, of these things are true for you, then you’re definitely in the right place!

I’ve been living in Brazil for the past 4 years, I’m now a resident and I’ve become somewhat of an expert on Brazil (a Brazilspert you might say). I’ve travelled to many states and cities in Brazil while living here, and let me tell you that Brazil is one of the most beautiful and varied countries. There’s so much more to Brazil than Rio de Janeiro and Carnaval (although these are also a must-do when in Brazil). 

I created this blog for people like you and me, who have an interest in Brazil and want to know more, but have a hard time finding the info we need. So here I am to show you the way, like someone that I wish I had when I was in search of this knowledge. Hope you enjoy!

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When it comes to living in Brazil as an expat, I’ve learned things the hard way, because I came here extremely unprepared for long term stay, and made lots of mistakes along the way. The good part is that now I can help you to not make the same mistakes, and give you the right advice from the start. 

Advice on Brazil travel, culture, lifestyle, language, safety, and navigating the deep waters of expat life and the Brazilian bureaucracies that come with it, are all things that you will find here in this blog.

I never thought in a million years that I would end up living in Brazil, actually I never even thought about travelling to Brazil before. But that was what fate had in store for me, and I’m not complaining! You can read more about my story below…

My goal is to give you accurate and up to date tips and advice about real life in Brazil from a local perspective. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and also a lot of misconceptions about Brazil in general. I’m here to be your Brazilian BFF Guide, because I know that it can be pretty daunting and confusing visiting a country that you don’t know much about and also don’t speak the language. 

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MY STORY

My name is Tarryn, aka Taz. I’m South African and I grew up among the beaches and mountains of the beautiful city of Cape Town. I’m an only child, and I’ve always been independent & strong willed (Taurus traits). 

I’m a qualified Elementary teacher and I taught 1st to 3rd grade for many years. That was until the start of Covid hit in 2020. I left the classroom and decided to try my hand at Online ESL teaching for kids & adults, to escape the mayhem of covid and create some job security for myself. 

Thankfully, I was successful, but I was unaware that this decision would later change my life in a way that I never expected. 

A few months into ESL teaching, I had a student from Brazil book a class with me (I was teaching on the iTalki platform at the time). Well, this 1 virtual meet led to a year of daily texts & video calls! Yes, to my surprise, I was that person that fell in love with someone online. I didn’t think it was possible, but it was a feeling that I couldn’t fight. 

Fast forward to November 2020, and to my parent’s horror (shame), I found myself on a 1-way flight to Brazil, amidst a pandemic, speaking minimal Portuguese, and going to meet someone I’d only had virtual contact with. I know, you wouldn’t be the first to say I was crazy. I guess that’s what love does to you. 

Some people say, “that’s so dangerous for a woman, why didn’t you make him come to you?”. Well because I worked online, I was basically a digital nomad, and he had a 9-5 office job, and why the hell not – If you don’t take a chance, you will never know, right! Also, I’ve never been the kind of person to wait on others, if there’s something I want, or want to do, I do it. So I trusted my judgement, and took the leap. I thought, at worst, I’d have a hot fling and a holiday in Brazil, things could be worse haha!

I didn’t know what to expect at this point. It was also the first time I’d travelled on such a long flight solo. I’d travelled to Europe a few times before. Needless to say, the nerves and anxiety were at an all time high! 

23 excruciating hours later, and the sparks were REAL! Phew! 

I’ve been living in Brazil ever since, with my love, Lucas. I’ve also fallen in love with Brazil as a country, and I can’t imagine myself living anywhere else. I felt at home in Brazil very quickly, and I guess that’s part of the Brazilian charm that people feel when they come here. 

We’ve been to visit my family in Cape Town twice, we’ve travelled around Brazil, and we also have a dog named Floki. So safe to say that things turned out pretty well (“told you Mom & Dad!”), and I wouldn’t change it for anything.