Two Sides of Brazil

After an exciting stint in Lisbon, the second part of my year abroad took me from one side of the Lusophone world to the other. With the idea of doing a linguistics research project in Brazil, I asked for advice from a tutor, and set about planning a trip to Salvador, which I knew very little about.As I learnt before going, Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, in Brazil’s Northeast. It is known for being one of the most dangerous cities in the world, for having the best Carnaval in Bra

The Burden of Bureaucracy

by Lise Noyau, Spanish and Portuguese –  Lise is currently interning in São Paulo, Brazil. Here are her thoughts and experiences of bureaucracy there: My experiences of bureaucracy, specifically Brazilian bureaucracy, has come close to making me hate the place. Within four hours of landing in São Paulo, I received an email enthusiastically informing me…

Lisbon: A Glimpse and a Taste

by Amanda Thomas, Portuguese and Linguistics –    Portugal: a country best known in the UK for the beaches and golf courses of the Algarve, with honourable mentions for football and wine (or in Oxford, port). But Portugal contains far more than the superficial image of sunshine and holidays that it projects – maybe, to…