Learning Portuguese with @MindSnacks

I lived in Brazil for 5 months in 1994 (whilst another World Cup was on, and when Ayrton Senna died). Although I spent most of my time speaking English (for the benefit of the kids I was working with), I wanted to learn some Portuguese, most of which I gained from Linkword. I went back through Brazil as part of my ‘Round the World’ trip in 2008 – and seemed to have forgotten most of Continue Reading →

Brazilian MOOCs

I spent 5 months in Brazil in my Gap Year, and again on another trip round-the-world (yes, I know, I’m very fortunate!), and I keep saying that I’m going to have another go at learning Portuguese… so keeping an eye on what’s going on in Brazil! As only 2 per cent of the 200 million inhabitants of Latin America’s Lusophone-majority nation speak fluent English, most Mooc resources have been inaccessible to the bulk of the Continue Reading →

Brazilian Universities on the Up!

I have a serious soft-spot for Brazil – having lived there for around 6 months, and had a return visit since – so really interested to see this story about the rise of Brazilian Universities: The University of São Paulo is the top-ranked Latin American institution in the 2012-13 Times Higher EducationWorld University Rankings, at 158, and it is the oldest university in Brazil. Its leafy campus in the city is so huge that staff move Continue Reading →

Brazil, 1994

I spent February to June 1994 in Brazil, staying with a family distantly related to me, who were supported by the Good Shepherd Trust, a charity which has now disbanded. Andrew and Gaynor’s work involved arranging international adoptions, whilst Andrew was also involved in running a Christian book distribution organisation. They were also responsible for a couple of homes in São Paulo (which are being run by another charity) run for children taken directly off Continue Reading →

PADI Open Water Diver

More information to come on how I gained my PADI Open Water Diver certification. I have dived in the following places: Poseidon Diving, Ao Nang, Thailand (4 dives) Qualified as ‘Scuba Diver’ Silverswift Day Dives, Cairns, Australia (2 dives) Dive Tutukaka!, Poor Knights, New Zealand (4 dives) Qualified as ‘Open Water Diver’ Adrenalina Mergulho, Paraty, Brazil (2 dives) Haven’t dived since early 2008… I’m missing it! drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Continue Reading →

Rio to Host 2016 Olympics

I’ve visited Rio de Janeiro a couple of times, first in 1994, and again in 2008 (I have family there – and thanks to Facebook and other social media, we’re now able to keep in touch!). As I was aiming to visit again in less time than 14 years, what about 7 years… just in time for the Olympics (always wanted to see the Olympics – maybe I’ll have enough money to pay for a Continue Reading →

My first plane trip, from Heathrow, London to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Air France, what a great airline… I was excited all the way up until getting on the plane… I'd been planning the trip for nearly a year, as part of my "Gap Year" – I'd never flown before, and as it was Air France, it stopped in Paris, so my Mum came with me for that bit. The short flight was fine – hadn't seen enough stuff on TV etc to be too worried about Continue Reading →