São Paulo Diaries

Joe the bin tipper

People living in the city of São Paulo spend more with their pets than with food for themselves, according to official statistics released earlier this year. The same research, published by Fipe, the Brazilian Economic Research Institute Foundation, also suggests

Pseudo-security

One of the things that I have always found very strange since returning to Brazil is police and private security staff carrying guns around. Having lived for such at long time in the UK, where not even the police uses

The saga of the foreigner visa

Last week was special. The reason: after nearly ten months in Brazil, my husband Mark was granted permanent residency here, as well as an RNE (Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros, the foreigners’ ID) number. Viva! As we left the Policia Federal