I am bit of a Gypsy – and I mean that quite literally, my grandmother was a Roma – who has no roots and holds no patriotic loyalty to any country. I have enjoyed travelling the world and experiencing different cultures.

I came to Brazil over 4 years ago for a 3 week holiday and here I still am.

I found the country to be so different to any that I had lived in, full of contradictions and vast differences and the more I lived and learned the culture, the greater the contradictions appeared. I have so many stories from the class differences to the incredible bureaucracy and corruption that is endemic to this country and it is for this reason that I devised Bizarre Bites of Brazil and wanted to share my interpretation with the world, but be cautious, this is merely my interpretation based on the filters I have created in my mind to analyse said world. Your experiences may and should be wholly different if you come or are already here.

I was once asked if I expected to see monkeys on the streets in Brazil when I arrived, to which I replied of course not! I am a man of the world, after all. Well, my world was shaken yesterday when I saw a monkey crossing a power line in Rio.

Likewise, I was asked if I expected kangaroos hopping down the streets in the cities in Australia when I first arrived there and the one and only time I hit a kangaroo with my car was in a city!!!!

  1. #1 by Olga on February 15, 2012 - 4:23 am

    scotttt!!! reading your blog!! hope all is well with you in Brazil!!! (it’s Olga, as in 1 of the 2 girls from california who shared the room with you..we visited during september…we were in the bunk by your hammock) anyway, I somehow stumbled upon your blog, and reminisced for a moment.

    • #2 by Scott Bowman on February 15, 2012 - 11:09 am

      Hi Olga, I remember you both. All is great with me as I am enjoying Carnaval in Rio 🙂

      Hope everything is cool with you, bjs

  2. #3 by Jimbo on December 5, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    This is gold.

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