What to expect when living in Brazil

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Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world – the fifth to be exact. Its cultural diversity matches its magnitude.
Unlike most Latin American countries, Brazil’s official language isn’t Spanish. And its culture is beyond the land of famous soccer players, beautiful beaches, Samba and Carnival.

Brazilian culture is more than soccer, beaches, samba, and carnival. Click To Tweet
The Brazilian Real. R$ 0.10 & R$ 0.05 coins.

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One of the first things you realize when you stay in Brazil for a while is how much lunch time is important for them. It is their first big meal of the day.

They start the day off with a not too heavy breakfast. Bread with butter- sometimes grilled, a black coffee or a latte. So if you only eat this in the morning, I understand the need for a more filling food at lunch, right?

A typical Brazilian breakfast. Latte or black coffee and french roll bread.

A typical Brazilian lunch would be white rice, black beans, beef/chicken/fried egg and either some lettuce, tomato and onion salad or some fries.
For some, it might sound like a heavy meal, but once you get used to it, it starts making sense.

Apart from those on a diet, you hardly see Brazilians snacking between meals. But when that’s the case, they’d simply have a yogurt or a fruit, like an apple or a banana. Otherwise, they just have a cafezinho (small cup of black coffee, which is hot, sweet and a little intense) instead.
Most Brazilians I know tend to have a sandwich + coffee for dinner, instead of a full meal. Pretty much similar to what they have for breakfast. But that really depends on the person’s eating habits. Some might eat dinner which is usually the same (leftover) food from lunch.



Brazilians are friendly and are usually willing to help foreigners who can’t speak the language. Which, by the way, is Portuguese, not Spanish. Most South American countries do speak Spanish, although that isn’t the case in Brazil, which was colonized by the European country of Portugal.

Expats who have lived in Brazil, say it is a country of fun people. A curious fact though: Brazilians are always late. If you are hosting a little party at 7 pm, have in mind they will show up around 8ish. It is common sense. So people will arrive without saying “sorry I’m late” or without any excuse whatsoever.



Living in Brazil you can expect to a mild weather throughout the year if you are staying in the Southeast region, in Sao Paulo – Rio de Janeiro area.

In Rio, temperatures go from 18°C (65°F) in the Winter (Jun- Sept) up to 40°C (104°F) in the Summer (Dec-Mar).
Temperatures in Sao Paulo varies from 12°C (55°F) to 35°C (95°F).

Remember: Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world. It has different temperatures across different climate zones.

Botafogo bay area, in Rio de Janeiro.



Sorry to disappoint you, but not every Brazilian enjoys samba, summer, soccer or drinks caipirinha.
That is a stereotype that once you visit the country you realize it is just a small fraction of the whole diverse culture that Brazil has to offer.

Each state you visit, each region you go, you are certainly going to have a different experience. That’s the biggest advantage you can get from visiting a country that is among the largest ones. The Northside has unique food habits and many fruit options that Brazilians from the South of the country has probably not even heard of. That’s just an example of how diverse the country is. From fruits to climate, it all can change from one part of the nation to another.

A northern Brazilian craft basket/container.
In Brazil, each region you go has a unique #travel experience. Click To Tweet

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