When moving to a new place, some people find it easier to make friends than others. This guest post from is full of helpful tips to help you start building that all important social network. It’s written specifically about Florianópolis, Brazil, but most of these points can be applied to any new country or city. Read More
For years I’ve wanted to move to Brazil, but life has always been in the way – until now.
My name is and I’ve finally set my moving date – over the coming months I’ll be blogging about my experiences as I make the leap to the sunny shores of Florianópolis in Santa Catarina to start my new Brazilian life.
Here sitting at my desk on a grey and foggy Danish morning while taking one for the team as my wife finishes her thesis, I’m purchasing flight tickets to Brazil.
As I look through the jungle of fare prices and restrictions, the same feelings and thoughts that once raced through my mind and body during the original days of planning our move to Brazil, have come again.
Though, for us this isn’t something new, we are used to almost robotically going through the steps required to prepare for a big move and it’s as if everything falls into place on it’s own.
Today, I’m going to tell you a story of how an average Joe took his boring life and transformed it into something amazing.
It all started years ago back in a mundane 9–8 job in the USA, where our man “Jeff” was working 60 hours a week serving the lifestyle he had learned was “the right way to live”.
The truth is that it wasn’t Jeff’s cup of tea and he was ready to move from an ordinary, stress-full lifestyle into a life full of love and acceptance.
You see, Jeff valued personal relationships over tasks and pure routine – what would await him in the little city of Maringá, Paraná would shock and surprise him forever…
The first places we generally consider when moving to Brazil are usually São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. Sure, they are cities with a lot to offer and well known, though how would you like some insider info today about somewhere way better (in my opinion).
Enter : a city unlike any in this world, rated as the friendliest place to live, voted as having some of the world’s best beaches, full of unparalleled beauty, some of Brazil’s best infrastructure, amazing foods and restaurants, wonderful schools and overall just a great island to live on!
Today, I will give you the 3 main reasons that fueled my decision to live in Florianópolis over Brazil’s numerous other cities. Then on Friday, you’ll get a breakdown of the different areas of the island and what the different areas are like to live in.
Usually people fall into two categories when considering São Paulo to live: they love or they hate it.
I’ve usually fit into category 2 in the past, but after talking to author and blogger Maggie Foxhole, she made me realize that São Paulo is not such a bad place after all!
So check out this podcast as Maggies tells us why you should consider moving to São Paulo.
What if I told you that there are 6 documents that will get you access to most anything in Brazil?
This is everything from the start to finish: applying for a visa, buying a house, opening a bank account, getting Internet – you name it and these documents will pretty much cover them all!
Well, I’m going to tell you what they are and how you too can get your own “Golden 6”.
Here they are:
- Translated Drivers License
- Translated Birth Certificate
- Translated Police Record
- Proof of Residence
- Federal Police proof of ID
Before I knew about “The Golden 6”, I ran into problems at every corner when trying to get things done…
Like when I tried to get a 3G mobile Internet plan: “I’m sorry sir, but you can’t get a phone plan as we need your proof of residence”
Or when I tried to buy a wardrobe: “You cannot buy this unless you get a friend to give me his CPF number…”
Or when applying for my visa: “We need a translated police record before you can apply”.
And the examples keep coming…
I call these “The Golden 6” because with them, life becomes much easier in Brazil.
Allow me to explain exactly what these documents can be used for, why you need them and how to get them…
Just because you are born in your surroundings, doesn’t mean that you belong there.
Ever notice how in every litter of puppies that there is always 1 that is seemingly different?
Or how every now and then you buy some bananas and there is one that is larger then the others? Maybe that last example was a bad one….
The same is true for human nature and despite pushes to be all-inclusive in many countries, some of us just don’t feel included. These cultural “misfits” are like 4-leaf clovers: beautiful and lucky but yet don’t seem to belong with the rest of the 3-leaf crowd.
Maybe you feel like this 4-leaf clover and believe that you belong with other 4-leaf clovers too?
Or maybe you feel that Brazil’s your field of 4-leaf clovers and calling out to you but you don’t know exactly why – you are confused if it really is for you or not…
I am one of you and the above could easily have been about me. And for the longest time, I could not put words on exactly why I felt so good in Brazil and wanted to call it home from the get go.
Really, I could care less about the crime statistics, corruption and other draw back with the country – I loved (and love) being in Brazil!
Well, not too long ago the proverbial light turned on and the words came in abundance of why Brazil should be home: Brazil is my field of 4-leaf clovers.
Now my hope is that in defining these “signs”, it can serve to help end some of your confusion and bring you a step closer to your pursuit of happiness.
1. You Value Relationships over Tasks
“I want to move to Brazil, I need to get back to Brazil, how do I convince her to move back to Brazil?!”
This was my frustrating train of thought for years and to be honest, it irritated and frustrated my wife (understandably).
I had an undying passion for this sun-kissed country and couldn’t wait to be rejoined with it again, the problem was that my wife didn’t feel entirely the same. And I completely understood her as we had two small children and she was in the middle of a university education.
Logic and wisdom stated that we should wait out any move (if at all) but my heart told me the exact opposite.
I respected my wife’s concerns yet somehow a turn of events happened launching us into Brazil shortly thereafter!
How did I go from 0 chance of moving to Brazil to making it happen? Easy, by choosing to respect and motivate my wife…
Let me translate what I did into 5 easy to follow steps to help you get through the same struggle.