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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]