‘I’m Kevin. I’m a 30 year old guy originally from the Pacific Northwest (USA), who has always belonged in paradise. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate.
I am not high up on the totem pole in Brazilian society or a well known celebrity. But I feel that I live a better life than that without worries or fear. I do this together with the love of my life who I met in Brazil and our amazing children. I value family and friends – and being able to focus on this in the best possible country in the world suited for it, Brazil!
I used to live the normal cultural lifestyle pursuing the American Dream: an education, a good 9-5 job, blingy car, plenty of friends and fun. I felt that the American Dream for me was turning out to be more of a nightmare… it seemed that I always fit in better with latin people – had a and culture!
After having heard so many amazing things about Brazil (and having met so many unbelievable Brazilians in the USA who embraced me into their community), I sold everything I owned, took a leap of faith and decided that I was going to move there!
My initial arrival was in 2005 as a volunteer for a large non-profit organization; though struggles came and went (bureaucracy!!), I entered into a love affair with Brazil – and better yet, met the woman of my dreams in the process! (slam dunk!)
I would never trade anything I had in America for the perfect paradisiacal lifestyle in Brazil!
Then Why the Live in Brazil website??
With this site/blog, I wish to be as transparent as possible about how it really is for us as members of this community – we have always been strong and striving but I don’t feel that it has been appropriately represented on the Internet.
If you aren’t living in Brazil but considering it then start with the
I don’t like to boast about myself, but for credibility sake, here is a little testimony:
Without Kevin arranging life in Brazil would have been much more difficult, stressful, and – quite frankly – more expensive. Brazilians are probably the friendliest people in the world but the country is also all about negotiation and knowing the right people. If things don’t go as expected, and even if they do, language skills, connections, and general chutzpah are needed. Cultural knowledge is essential; much more so than in Europe or – I would imagine – in North America. Therefore, people like Kevin are invaluable.
-Mikael Wahlström, Finland
And as a final word, please read this bit carefully:
I wouldn’t consider myself to be some “Guru” – I kind of despise them myself… I am just some average Joe who took a chance where, thanks to this community and a lot of work, things worked out and was able to live his dream!
Making an optimal lifestyle in Brazil work takes a lot of sacrifice, effort and patience; therefore, I believe that if you dedicate yourself – maybe learn from some of my mistakes? – you will make it too!
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and looking forward to seeing you on the blog with the others soon!
Valeu mano! (right on bro!) Please share the love!
P.S. For an easily implementable plan to live successfully in Brazil, check out my